I have spent more time than I'll ever admit to along the Durham waterfront this week to see what local lovelies are on show, and I was not disappointed, even with the more common birds, beginning with a Ring-billed Gull!
A female Mallard has to keep up appearances, especially during courtship season, and what an abfab job she's doing!
A female Greater Scaup in Newcastle investigated me:
This White-winged Scoter came precariously close to getting caught in fishing line at Newcastle as I watched in horror...
...until he decided to dive for some mollusks instead, phew!
Long-tailed Ducks are still in the area, amazingly beautiful and a joy to watch as they frolic in the water before they head off north again:
The chestnut brown colour is much more noticeable on this handsome fellow, what gorgeous ducks we're so lucky to see here!
Footnote: just as I was writing this post, I got word of a Trumpeter Swan in Newcastle tangled up in fishing line, arghhh, TWC to the rescue??