Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Ring-necked Duck:Startop's End reservoir, Tring

Having seen news that the Ring-necked Duck was still present yesterday evening, we decided to make the trip today. Forty two miles and a little over an hour after leaving home we were parked up along the B489 and heading up the steps to Startop's End Reservoir.
The forecast had predicted heavy showers and sunny intervals for the morning, Stopping and scanning at regular intervals we had failed to find the target! then half way towards the hide the heavens opened and by the time I had made it to the hide I was soaked.
The soaking was quickly forgotten though when the Ring-necked appeared among a small group of Tufted's in the Eastern corner. 
The rain eased off briefly allowing some nice scope views and a few records shots before returning with even more force soon afterwards.
Large numbers of  Common Pochard we seen and at least two female Red-crested Pochards were found among them.
While heading back heavy rain started to fall again and a second drenching followed before we made it back to the safety of the car. 
Despite the soakings the Ring-necked had made it a very worth while trip. 

Ring-necked Duck

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