|Two of a kind: immature European Shag (standing) and adult Great|
Cormorant (swimming) at Walthamstow Reservoirs.
Yesterday there was enough time for a short local diversion to the far side of Tottenham, where the immature European Shag found by Pete Lambert on Sunday continued in residence on East Warwick Reservoir (thanks to Lol Bodini for the update). David Callahan and I were pleased that the bird decided to wake up while we were watching it, and as I was travelling light David lent me his camera to snatch the above record shot.
|12 Common Eider, including a few young drakes, head upriver at Grays.|
|The Grey Phal gives up playing hard to get and chases around after|
slim pickings in the ebbing tide off Grays beach. A class bird.
Eventually, after plenty more scanning in freezing temperatures, I picked up the phalarope to the east of its normal location. It was gone again in a flash, but I finally located it up closer in to the shore, and snatched these record shots. Along with single Eurasian Curlew and Black-tailed Godwit, almost 100 Dunlin and 80 Redshank, four Grey Plover, seven Ringed Plover, numerous Northern Lapwings and three Turnstones, the place was jumping with shorebirds - nine species is excellent going for the Grays foreshore.
|One of the four Grey Plovers at Grays today - a good showing locally.|
212. European Shag.
213. Grey Phalarope.