A fine drake Goosander was back on the Sands Lake at Ainsdale today and shy as ever – as soon as it saw me approaching up the boardwalk it steamed to the far side of the water and lurked in the shadows and overhanging branches.
Skittish as usual, but occasionally it would “speed paddle” like a feathered battleship low through the more regular winter quackery, but never moved out into the open water and bright winter sun.
This was probably as well given my parlous lack of understanding of ISOs and exposures…
Handsome bird though.
A Chiffchaff was calling at the top end of the lake, with Goldcrest and Wrens up there too.