Thursday, 9 October 2014

Pitsford Reservoir Teal ......

What a clean and charismatic bird the Drake Teal is.

I can't remember the amount of times I have been out looking for Barn Owls in a particular location where I try to hide next to a small pond which provides good cover and hearing the '' plops '' of Teal arriving apparently from nowhere and pitching into the water in the growing dusk, 

Their vertical exit from water is also a sight to behold when they are flushed or decide to leave in their small close knit flocks.

Small and fast flying, Teal have a relatively small breeding population in the UK which explodes in winter into hundreds of thousands of migrants from Scandinavia and elsewhere.

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