I know the weather has been pretty shocking recently, but going to bed at 2.30pm is going a bit far if you ask me - but that's what one of the Great White Egrets did today, flying into the north island on Southport Marine Lake with a Little Egret in tow unusually early.
Nice to see it reasonably close in daylight for a change though...
Actually the Marine Lake was on fire today, with a/the (?) Great Northern Diver fishing at the north end off the breakwater again, and occasionally staying above the surface for just long enough for me to get a few ropey digi-scoped shots.
An adult winter Kittiwake was bobbing about under the bank beside the shelter on the Promenade, with the Coots and Mute Swans, but it flew out to sea before I could get my 'scope and camera ready for a shot - slightly more obliging was a young Little Gull which floated in on the wind amongst the BHGs before drifting off to the south.
Managed a point and press record shot of it, dwarfed by a BHG.
More expected were four male Goldeneyes out on the swell - you're right Duncan, they are splendid.
Not a bad bag for a cold hour on a windy winter afternoon!
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...