18th February 2012
A last visit to Whitlingham of my week off. Had the Great White Egret still been showing at Colney I may well have headed there, but it proved to be a blessing in disguise. The large amount of canoeists on both broads appeared to have moved off most of the wildfowl, so I headed for the conservation area in the hope of finding the remnants. On the way I picked up a Peregrine over Thorpe, and it continued on its way over the Great Broad, allowing excellent views as it cruised past. From the bird screen I looked out over the water, which was being whipped up by strong winds. Along the far bank an unusual duck swam out from behind one of the smaller islands - a female Pintail! I walked round to the riverbank to get a better view, and found a second bird. After 10 minutes or so they drifted into a small bay that you can't see from the path. Another excellent patch bird!