January was brilliant but what would February bring? Today we expected nothing as we were going to stay home but news of a Ferruginous duck tempted us out after lunch. It was reported as being at Holkham hall and would be a first for us both. We thought we had seen one before but no, it turned out to be a hybrid. We got to Holkham and walked across the field to the lake battling strong winds. Holkham has a herd of red deer and fallow deer (can’t count them of course!) and is a beautiful place to walk.
On reaching the lake we quickly found the duck, of course it was on the far side as distant as possible but I am getting used to that! We saw it through the scope and are happy it really is a Ferruginous (fudge) duck. Anyway I am counting it quickly before anyone disagrees!!!
There are plenty of other ducks on the water and a good few geese but I was especially taken with these Egyptian geese. I am not sure if this pair are late or early in their breeding programme.
The three of them swam along together until the very young gosling decided it was time to get out. The parents did their best to call it back in but to no avail and they had to climb out and bring it back in person.
We decided to detour from our route home to try again for the Golden pheasant. The light was already fading when we arrived but we waited a while. We had just decided to give up for the day, started the engine and out he popped. He made the briefest of appearances but as he is so striking he is impossible to miss. It is thought he is the last of his kind in that area near to Sandringham which is a shame.
We may well try to see him again and if lucky get a picture but it certainly made a golden end to the first day of our second month.