As I'm scanning the ducks, seven Goosander fly in and immediately divide into two groups; five heading for the reed bed end and two - a drake and redhead preferring the island area. To my surprise the drake begins to swim towards me, diving intermittently, as well as sifting the surface.
Camera at the ready I hide behind a tree and reel off a few photos. It's the closest I've ever been to a Goosander and in the bins, the feather detail is remarkable. What a beautiful bird.
I enjoy this rare spectacle and then bag a pair of Red-crested Pochards before heading home to begin inputting the December 15 Notts data.