From UU I could see a distant female Aythya and closer inspection proved it to be the female Pochard x Ferruginous Duck hybrid that has spent the last fw winters on the mere. As the light faded it was clear to both Andy and I that big numbers of Whooper swan were piling onto the mere. I proceeded to count them a got three counts of between 2400 and 2500, we settled on the average which was 2480; a reserve record! More pink-feet arrived and the total at dark was 11600. I never did see any Bewick's though.......
Whoopers being fed in front of Raines observatory at 3.15
The female Ferruginous Duck x Pochard Hybrid with Pochards in front of the Infocus shop at dusk (below)
One of the lazy Buzzards