Wednesday, 27 March 2013
Drake Common Scoter on Swanpool, Falmouth
A drake Common Scoter has been present on Swanpool for the last couple days. Whilst the species is fairly common around the Cornish coast, most sightings are half a mile away and usually distant. When I heard of a drake on Swanpool I decided to take a closer look this morning. I couldn't believe how tame and curious this bird is! It followed me round the pool. I had to take the converter off and backtrack to the normal 5 metres close focus for the 600mm lens. I've never seen any scoter this close, not even at Slimbridge. This male was a little stunner and well worth the visit. I was also lucky with the light this morning, varying from sunshine to overcast, hence the differing colours in the images.