Car Park Water Rail

Our recent trip to WWT's Arundel Wetland Centre produced a great collection of wildfowl images and a new species for me, (read on for more on that). Below is a collection of those images, and the unusual story of our best sighting of the day. Click on the images to enlarge.

A Festive Partridge
Goldeneye washing
 Then, as we left the centre, and entered the car park, something small ran into the trees on the left of me. I told everyone else, and 20 seconds later, the mystery bird reemerged. And it was a Water Rail! People inside the centre had spent hours searching for one, and we had spotted one in the car park outside!

Also in the car park, we spotted a Grey Wagtail hopping around on the pond next to the car park entrance, and I managed to grab a photo before it, as well, vanished.

All in all, it was a great day, with a new species for me, and a few other rarities as well.


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