Taking a breather

After all those high winds, heavy rain and sleet, it was hardly surprising this young male Scaup took time out for a doze on Southport Marine Lake today.
Conditions must have been decidedly unpleasant out in the swell in Liverpool Bay this week.
Clearly knackered, the duck snoozed right underneath the Lakeside Inn (I was outside the establishment, honest), just a few feet below the Prom, before steaming off to see if the local Mallards would betray a food source or two.

I’ve had a look at the lake a few times over the last week in case the weather brought anything in, but gull numbers remained stubbornly low (excluding the resident Med Gull of course) and the multiple Little Grebes (one or two starting to call today Dabchick fans) largely kept their distance.
I videoed the Scaup once or twice today as it was so close, (you can see the results here and here – don’t laugh), then left it noodling around under the Lakeside…