Having moved to Shouldham I hadn't visited West Acre for a while so decided on an afternoon drop in on the way to Waitrose. On arrival I was greeted with a duck and then two ducks which showed a white patch on "it's stern" with a contrasting dark back - yikes was I looking at two Ferruginous Ducks ? They had some features but not all. I watched them for a while and as time went by I concluded they must have been juvenile Pochard with some Ferruginous in them. These sorts of hybrids, which I am assuming they are, I find really difficult......
It got a bit easier after that......
And then I heard the Kingfisher........... I eagerly awaited it's arrival on the stick in front of the hide. It whizzed about all over the scrape.
It sat in the bushes, diving down and catching fish.
But always at the back end of the scrape, it just wouldn't come over to where I was and sit on the bloody stick !
And then it did !
At last the West Acre Kingfisher in front of the hide.