It was a sunny and warm day, ....We stayed not more than half an hour beside the lake...The first glance was dissapointing...The wintering ducks had left except Gadwall (Anas strepera)...and it was overcrowded of coots (Fulica atra) and little grebes (Tachybaptus ruficolis)..Some cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo) fishing around and few pygmy cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmeus) were still there sitting on the trees...I saw also some Pochards (Aythia ferina) and ...a swan, cygnus olor (I thought it didnt look so well...but maybe it was only my fear for the bird flu, Still now no dead swans of bird flu at this little lake)...Suddenly the resident Marsh harrier (Circus aeroginosus (female) make a fantastic appearance , hunting at reeds ...After that some White pelecans (Pelecanus`onocrotalus) came in front of us (not a common bird for this little lake, they nest northern at Prespa lake a Ramsar site)..and at last I saw her ...lol Ferrugineus duck (Aythia nyroca)...She arrived again here to breed...not more than 2-3 pairs at our little lake ..I saw only the female and soon I lost her behind the reeds
birding at the little artificial lake of Agras
Congratulation Ceri...It obvious, she/he was one of those passing throuht our lake in early spring...I told her/him to make an apperance to you and she/he promished me that he would
Fani, this weekend in Texel I saw a garganey duck
Here I am ....to welcome you Lynne
What a beautiful place that sounds like Fani. And you had lots of great sightings too. I will have to look them up. Thank you for the link to the grass snake. :shock: You describe everything so well I can just see that lovely place in my mind. But I still want to visit there for real, .....someday
After some time we went again for lunch at Agras lake ...We feeded the fishes and the frogs as we had lunch...There are too many ...Some Coots and a black necked grebe (Podiceps nigricolis) were around..Also we saw Little grebes and Great Crested Grebes, Swans with chicks...a white stork, swallows ect....The reeds were green now and the water lilly begun to spread on the surface...We heard Cettia cetti and Acrocephalus scirpaceus (Cetti's and reed warbler ) There were also a lot of dragon flies
I left the most interesting sightings for the end...The pair of Aythia nyroca (ferrugineous duck) was there...and a Natrix natrix was swimming around as we had lunch at the restaurant !!!! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grass_snake
Fani, I'm only birding since a few years back, so it's true, I have not seen a garganey duck yet, but I keep my eyes open for them
Great site, lol the cormorant is so small against the pelican and still he wants his fish
I have just found this site
It's a personal photo alboum from Evros River...Enjoy the photos but first of all scroll down ...and see a cormorant trying to steal fishes from the mouth of a Dalmatian pelecan It's really funny
There are some nice shots of some of the birds I have mentioned here ..
Like Dalmatian pelecan and pygmy cormorand
You havent seen garganey duck ?? It 's rather common I think...Big numbers pass from here during migration...but they nest at northern and central Europe...I hope you will see them just when they will arrive at your place
Fani, I see you had a nice day, eating, watching birds, specially hoopoe. For belgium it is rare, but I have seen many of them in South Africa. You know, I have never seen a garganey duck ........ yet!