Our next stop was a Cannop ponds which is a reliable spot to see Mandarin Ducks. These were introduced to Britain and have bred successfully here in the Forest of Dean. The males are particularly striking even on a dull day like it was on this occasion.
Even the duller females have a delicate beauty to them.
Here's a male taking a bath. He was further out so these are heavily cropped.
I managed to catch another pair.......ahem............mating! Again, this was quite far out on the pond so these photos are cropped quite a bit.
Our final stop of the day was at Worgreens a lake with surrounding reeds. We had gone there to try and see Willow Tit (which we didn't manage to see). However, we were surprised and delighted to find 6 Garganey here. It's normally hard to find even one of these birds as they usually skulk in the dense vegetation, but these were right out in the open. I can only presume that they were recent migrants just in. Garganey are summer visitors to Britain. I couldn't get close to them, so this is only a record shot of one of the pairs.
There were also some very tame Greylag Geese here!
It was a successful if very cold day!