Great Crested Grebe
A trip to Far Ings YWT Reserve to try and get some images of the drake Smew that has been on the reserve for the past few weeks. It was my first visit to the reserve so I spent a good three hours walking around and finding what was about. Lots of wildfowl present with Shoveler. Teal, Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Ruddy Duck, Wigeon and Goosander, with both Little Grebe and Great Crested Grebe showing well.
Large numbers of Cormorant on the two main lakes, but yes you guessed it no sign of the Smew. I moved out of the reserve along the path that runs along side the humber which leads to a small inlet in which large numbers of Lapwing were feeding along side some Shelducks. With no sign of the Smew I headed back to the car park were I found a lot of activity around the feeding station with a Brown Rat helping himself to some easy pickings and House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Goldfinch, Siskin, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Robin and Dunnock having a feeding frenzy.