Tuesday, February 07, 2006

White-fronted Geese at Roxton



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We (me, Mark Ward and Lucinda King) enjoyed a successful twitch to Roxton for a skein of 27 White-fronted Geese this lunchtime.

Things didn't look too good to start with, as we drove in the direction of the infamous Black Cat roundabout, only to come across the horrible sight of about two miles of queueing traffic. Gahhhhh! Undaunted, we pressed on in the hope that we'd get to Roxton before it was time to go straight back to work again.

Fortunately, the delay wasn't too bad and we found the site OK. The first goose was saw was a lonely-looking Greylag - where were the Whitefronts? Would it turn out to be the worst lunchtime twitch ever?

Just as well it turned out to be our lucky day, and we viewed the geese from a comfortable distance as they fed in a newly-mown game cover strip (not sure what they were eating - probably maize).

Hooray for birding in Bedfordshire!

photos taken with Nikon Coolpix 995 + Leica Apo Televid 77 with 20-60x eyepiece (thanks Mark!)