Monday, 11 July 2011

One that got away...From the guns

Since DEFRA started culling the British Ruddy Duck population to protect the White Headed Ducks in Spain a few years ago, they have become very scarce with only a few hundred individuals left in the entire country. I haven't seen one since March 2009 so when one turned up at a local site this evening I jumped at the chance and went down to take a look. I met up with Ash and Aaron there and we quickly located a male bird diving on the lake so we moved to round to get closer but typically it started sleeping so I could only get a few record shots. This is a welcome yeartick and takes me up to 187 and 184 for Britain and Fylde.

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