After what seems like an age of dodgy weather the forecast for yesterday was Bright, Bright, Bright, so I decided on Frampton for a change. Just got in the car when Dave R texted about the Hen Harrier at MSTW but as my Dear Lady was coming with me for the day I was committed. When we got there the car park, as expected, was packed and the Visitor Centre the same. I had a quick look at the sightings and spotted the Snow Buntings at a distance out of the window and quickly left. Not much on the Reed Bed area except for a Scaup at distance from the hide and a nice pair of Goldeneye with yellow mud on their bills. The 360 hide was more promising with very large numbers of ducks and geese around and Avocet, Blackwit, Golden Plover and Lapwing in good numbers plus what seemed like around 1500 Brents (including a Black Brant type) and a good number of Pintail, my favourite duck. The weather was a bit too bright and contrasty for much photography but managed a few at  longish distance with my Olympus camera plus the Canon 400mm and a 1.4x teleconverter. (click on the thumbnail for a full size image)

Goldeneye (m)
Goldeneye (m)
Goldeneye (f)
Goldeneye (f)
Pintail
Pintail
Pintail
Pintail
Pintail
Pintail
Gadwall
Gadwall

David