Monday, 14 January 2013


Steve Grimwade kindly sent me these cracking photos taken whilst leading his Swallow Birding group on the boat trip into the Blackwater from West Mersea on Sunday 13th. Ray Hempstead had a busy weekend taking two different groups out on his Sorcerer boat.
This great northern diver pictured above was one of four seen, two of which have been regularly seen recently close to Cobmarsh Island.

The black-necked grebe pictured above, has been frequenting the waters off the eastern end of Old Hall Point for several weeks now. This bird may be the same bird first seen off West Mersea by Martin Cock on the 21st November.

One of the smartest of ducks wintering offshore around Mersea is the male red-breasted merganser. The sleek and streamlined head and body allows it to fly fast and arrow-like - so a good photo considering how fast they speed past. Fifty red-breasted mergansers were seen during the trip.
Other species noted were listed on the previous day's posting.

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