Decided the next nice weather day I would get back down to my recent winter gem at Skeppsholm in Stockholm. Alan Dalton was already there and had great views of a Little Grebe. I finally managed to see it and got a few photos before we moved on carefully looking for the recent Glaucous Gull from my previous post.
Smådopping - Little Grebe - Skeppsholm
Great Black-backed Gull coming in to land
Lots of gulls and ducks around BUT the ice had melted a lot and the birds were more spread out around the area making it a little more difficult to get close to some species.
This time there was a single male Pochard present near the food float where they feed the ducks in the winter. A new bird for me this year. Lots of Herring Gulls as usual, a few Great Black-backed Gulls and big groups of Black-headed Gulls.
Brunand - Pochard - Skeppsholm - A male Pochard at close range
Goosander - Storskrake - Mergus merganser
Plenty of water bird around, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Mallard, Coot, Goosander, Mute Swan, a single Greylag Goose was found on the other side as well as a large good of Pochard around 20+ individuals.
Common bird all over Stockholm and probably Sweden. Their feet at pretty amazing
A close up of the feet - the "scales" look more like a snake or lizard than something you would see on a bird
On the way to the other side where all the Pochard had gathered was 3 Goldeneye, 2 male and a female displaying, it was a great joy to watch and I managed to get both photos and videos.
Another thrown back head
On the way back we had a quick look for the Little Grebe hoping for some more shots and after about 5 minutes looking we spotted it swimming around, a little too far for any decent shots and in the shade.
In flight shot - Skeppsholm is a joy for photographing gulls
Adult Herring Gull - ringed in Finland - more details hopefully to follow
A male Tufted Duck coming in to land.
A female Tufted Duck - the female although rather dull is beautiful itself - one of my favorites
Then finally after all the equipment was put away a male Goshawk came floating past in wonderful light, a nice finish to a pleasant day around Stockholm with Alan, you can read his post and version of events here about the trip.