Our last stop of the day was at Radipole Lake in the centre of Weymouth town. This is an RSPB reserve with a large lake and extensive reed beds. This stunning male Hooded Merganser has taken up residence there over several months. There is still debate as to whether this is a wild bird that has been blown over from America or an escape. Either way, it is a very handsome bird.
This Little Grebe was tantalisingly just out of reach for getting a good shot! This one is in drab winter plumage. In summer they have a striking chestnut side to the head.For some reason, I never seem to get a nice sharp photo of Moorhens, perhaps I need to try some spot metering as discussed by Roy www.fenlandwalker.blogspot.com and Steve www.shootingmyuniverse.blogspot.com . Here is an adult and below a young bird.