Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Priory Gannet

Juvenile Gannet Priory Country Park

An excellent local record, just a few minutes from home, and the first individual to be recorded on the main lake (the only other sighting for the park involving a bird seen in flight from the sewage works) The bird appeared in good health and was seen to depart the following morning, where it was later relocated on the main lake at Willington.

Sat close inshore on arrival, it was watched diving into the lake on several occasions, and was frequently mobbed by Black headed Gulls whilst sat on the water. Perhaps the strangest sight was of the bird being actively pursued around the lake by a pair of Grey Herons (initially one bird to start off with) with necks fully outstretched in alarm!

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