Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Monday, 13 June 2016

Long-tailed duck - Chelford

An inland rarity in Cheshire, within 10 miles from home had me twitching at the weekend. A drake Long-tailed Duck was at Lapwing Hall Pool in Chelford. Very unusual to be inland and at this time of year. An opportunity not to be missed.
I knew where the pool was, or at least I thought I did. Scanning the waters for nearly an hour and no sign. Very unusual. Having spoken to the land manager I needed to be a few hundred yards over the other side of the road, on a different pool all together. Lesson learned, check your map first.

Still, it was easy to spot when I did get to the right location. Shame about the dreary weather though, and that it liked to stay quite a way out on the water. Good views in the binoculars and scope but not great for pictures. Here are some record shots though.

A nice view of the long tail.



14 comments:

  1. I don't believe we have those here on the east coast of the US. It's really unique!
    It's always fun for me to see your posts as many of the birds you feature are unfamiliar to me.
    Thanks for joining us at the weekly Wordless Wednesday (on Tuesday) photo linkup - https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/06/west-side-story.html

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  2. We've had a lot of cloudy days but lucky to have the sun peep out. Has been unseasonable warm here and I wouldn't mind a little more gloom and cool weather. Glad u got where u needed to be.

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  3. The long-tailed duck is a beauty! Great sighting! Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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  4. No mistaking that tail is there?

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  5. Thats a great bird - I wonder what it was doing there!

    I associate them with freezing to death on the coast of Northumbria!

    Cheers (and sorry about the slowness of my visit) - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  6. Great sighting to have and good images

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  7. Sorry it took a while to locate this unusual duck, but well worth it Adam.. Michelle

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  8. The loved the tail :)
    http://shilpachandrasekheran.blogspot.ae/?m=1

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  9. It is still on the lake today 😄

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    1. Glad you got to see it Michelle :)

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  10. What a beautiful little bird and not one I am sure I have ever seen. Thank you for adding it to #AnimlTales

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