On Monday night we had word that there was a very rare duck near us, well I say near us it was about 40 miles away at a place called Callander. The weather on Monday night was dreadful heavy rain and wind so we did not really think we would be going on Tuesday. When we got up on Tuesday morning it was a lovely sunny morning so we decided to make the trip. We made good time the roads were quiet, and the sun was still shining when we arrived which gave us very good light. There were a few other birders about when we arrived but the duck had moved . The place where the duck had settled was a river that had flooded fields. We had a walk down the road a bit in the direction the bird had flown and set up our equiptment to see if we could find him. I say him because we had been told it was a drake. After a few minutes I picked the bird up in my binoculars just a short way off . The picture I have put at the top is of one male Barrow's Goldeneye and one Goldeneye. Goldeneye winter with us every year but a Barrow's is very rare and much saught after. The Barrows is the one with the larger white patches on his face. Also in the picture are three females. The Barrows Goldeneye was very much fancied by the ladies and always had one or two with him all the time we were there. This sighting was great for us as we have been looking for one of these ducks for many years. Every time we see Goldeneye we always check them all out to see if there is a Barrow's with them. He is a bit off course just now he should be in Canada for the winter. After lunch we had lovely run home round Loch Earn on the quietest roads I have ever seen in that area. All in all a super day out.
Bye for now.