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Goosander Startles Little Egret

Observed: 17th November 2011 By: Simon WalkerSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in Birds
Goosander, male, startles Little Egret, Grafham, 2011-11-17 002a
Little Egret, with fish, Grafham, 2011-11-17 001a
Goosander, female, Grafham, 2011-11-17 004
Description:

This male goosander gave the little egret a bit of a shock by surfacing right next to it. If I'd known the goosander was there, I'd've framed the shot better.
There was something of a feeding frenzy going on, with egrets, goosander, cormorants, black-headed gulls, a grey heron and a great black backed gull all taking advantage of a shoal of small fish, either dace or small chub, in the shallows. See second picture, showing little egret (not the same one) with its lunch.
The third photo is of female goosander taken a minute or two earlier.

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

jhn7's picture

Terrific photos!

What a fascinating observation, a super capture and I like the details of the feathers and the water droplets.

Janet
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David Jardine's picture

Lots of fish!

Clearly a very good food supply here