Having failed to locate the Green-winged Teal on Monday 14th, when it
remained hidden deep within the Michaelmas Daisy bed for some hours, I tried
again today. On arrival things looked more promising as 100’s of Eurasian
Teal were milling around out in the open but it was still not easy with
heavy cloud causing very gloomy light, also many birds were facing the wind
and thus rear-end on. But at 08.50 one teal swung round to present its
profile and there it was! However, within 5 minutes it was spooked by a
helicopter and I took another 50 minutes to relocate it. Again it was
swimming away but did turn to allow a distant photograph (above). Other birds
included 21 Pochard, 1 Pintail and a few Wigeon, Shoveler and Gadwall.
Observer and images: John Rayner.