Despite the poor light I took loads of pictures and video and will have to have a post later with more pictures and edited videos.
I made use of the good light today and visited quite a few places without seeing too much. The Glauc didn’t show and neither did Beardies or the Kingfisher at Fornebu although the Arctic Tern was still present. It was ranging much further in its search for food than I have previously noted and I would assume that with falling sea temperatures that the small fish it feeds on are becoming harder to find.
I visited Østensjøvannet today hoping to see a bird I have never seen before. A hybrid Mallard x Wigeon was seen here yesterday and I was looking forward to seeing this unusual hybrid combo. With the lake frozen it was easy to find the bird with the hordes of Mallards waiting for bread. It is not always easy to ascertain the parentage of hybrids and the same combo can result in birds with very different appearances but this one seems to be an easy call to make. It was smaller than the Mallards and was being given a hard time by a few of them but also gave as good as it got. In the sunlight the colour on its head and speculum varied greatly depending on angle and I will have another post where I focus on this.
|Hybrid Mallard (stokkand) x Wigeon (brunnakke)|