Larking around Rutland

It promising to be a sunny day we decided to visit Rutland Water again. One of the highlights was a woodlark well away from its normal range (the south of England and a bit of Norfolk). It stayed for ages filling up with food for the return journey perhaps. It attracted a big flock of telescope wielding twitchers almost blocking the footpath. Still, it was they who identfied it for us. I wouldn’t have had a clue!
WoodLark
Another surprise was this avocet. I’ve not seen one of these at Rutland before so that’s a first.
Avocet02

Avocet01

We were pleased to see a group of four pintails – three males and a lone female. You can clearly see why they are called pintails!
Pintail01

The female is the one nearest the camera.
PintailGroup

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