Here's a couple more pics of the Southfleet (Kent) Falcated Duck from today (20th January 2008).
Let's be honest guys when others report this bird being tame, what they are not saying is if you take a bag of grain it will chase you across the field! But nice bird anyway.
Now how come, living in Kent, I've now had the opportunity to see this species three times (with each sighting within a few miles of each other - over admittedly two decades). The first bird, way back in 1987, I always thought had not unreasonably bad credentials co-inciding with arrivals elsewhere in Europe but I don't think it ever got accepted. Last years bird was also elusive disappearing for days along the Thames foreshore, but still had a habit of visiting a small pond with a group of Mallard. This bird, or is it last years bird returning, has so far taken a fancy only to the local village pond!
So either we're dealing with:
a) a hitherto undiscovered wintering area for Falcated Duck in south-east England!
b) a Kent breeder who keeps losing his birds
c) or genuine vagrants ending up in this corner of Kent simply by chance.....
Not that you shouldn't see this bird, but don't bother packing the bins, just remember a bag of grain.
But am I being unfair on this superb looking bird?