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Please scroll down to view photos. All photos taken by Jono Leadley unless stated otherwise.


  • Turnstone, Arenaria interpres
    On the dam, 22nd August 2008.

  • Curlew, Numenius arquata
    On the dam, 22nd August 2008.

  • Great Crested Grebe, Podiceps cristatus
    Juvenile near Mander CP, 22nd August 2008. It has been a good breeding season for this species at GW, with several pairs rearing young around the site.

  • Shag, Phalacrocorax aristotelis
    Three juveniles on the boom at Mander Car Park, 20th August 2008.

  • Spotted Flycatcher, Muscicapa striata
    Juvenile/first-winter at the north end of the dam, one of two or three, 10th August. Sadly, a rarity at Grafham these days, with autumn migration the best time to see one.

  • Red-necked Grebe, Podiceps grisegena
    Adult off Mander CP on 3rd July.

  • Mediterranean Gull, Larus melanocephalus
    First-summer in the lagoons, 30th June.

  • Green-winged Teal, Anas carolinensis
    Drake in the lagoons, 29th June. Perhaps last year's returning bird. Thanks to David Hollins for the photos.

  • Avocet, Avocetta recurvirostra
    Adult in the lagoons, 12th June.

  • European Storm-petrel, Hydrobates pelagicus

    4th June. An awesome and for the time of year, totally unexpected find by Colin Addington and a great unblocker! The photos were taken by Chris Orders who borrowed Jim Lawrence's camera and approached the bird in his fishing boat!

  • Grey Plover, Pluvialis squatarola
    First-summer on the dam, 21st May 2008. A scarce passage migrant at Grafham Water, this is the second of the year.

  • Sanderling, Calidris alba
    Adult on the dam. 18th May 2008. A fairly common migrant at Grafham.

  • Cuckoo, Cuculus canorus
    This male has been hanging out in the lagoons for a couple of weeks, though he is not approachable. 10th May 2008.

  • Turnstone, Arenaria interpres
    On the dam, 8th May 2008.

  • Black Terns, Chlidonias niger
    Two off the dam, 5th May 2008.

  • Black-tailed Godwit, Limosa limosa
    Three in the lagoons, 2nd May 2008.

  • Lapwing, Vanellus vanellus
    First chicks of the year, 1st May 2008.

  • Common Sandpiper, Actitis hypoleucos
    On the dam 30th April 2008.

  • Whimbrel, Numenius phaeopus
    In the lagoons, 26th April 2008.

  • Iceland Gull, Larus glaucoides
    First summer in the roost off Mander CP, 23rd April 2008.

  • Common Terns, Sterna hirundo
    On the boom at Mander, 22nd April. Note the bird with the black beak - looks surprisingly like a Roseate!

  • Garganey, Anas querquedula
    Drake in the lagoons, 22nd April.

  • Great Black-backed Gull, Larus marinus
    Second summer in the lagoons, 21st April.

  • Yellow Wagtails, Motacilla flava
    A flock of c20 Yellow Wagtails feeding on the grass at Marlow, presumably grounded by the fresh northeasterly, 17th April. Note the top two photos of a bird with a bit of Blue-headed Wagtail in it. The bird had some olive feathers on the crown.

  • Sanderling, Calidris alba
    On the dam, mid-afternoon, 17th April.

  • Little Gull, Larus minutus
    Second calendar year in the lagoons, 17th April.

  • Swallows, Hirundo rustica
    Pair in Perry, 17th April.

  • Litte Ringed Plover, Charadrius dubius
    Adult on the dam 10th April.

  • White Wagtail, Motacilla alba alba
    One of two males on the dam, 10th April. Note how when the bird tucks it's wings in, it creates the impression of grey flanks. However, the clear cut black nape sharply demarcated from the dove-grey mantle, shows this is a male and therefore very unlike a Pied Wagtail. In the first and especially the third photos, note how the rump colour, showing between the wings, is concolorous with the mantle.

  • Yellow Wagtail, Motacilla flava
    Nice to see these guys back! Male on the dam, 10th April.

  • Avocet, Avocetta recurvirostra
    One of a pair, 10th April.

  • Linnet, Carduelis cannabina
    Female on the dam, 9th April. Fairly scarce these days.

  • Rock Pipit, Anthus petrosus
    The same Littoralis individual on the dam as on the 31st March. 6th April.

  • Red-breasted Merganser, Mergus serrator
    A fine drake found by Mark Hawkes which brightened a snowy April WeBS count. Although alone, the bird was sometimes seen displaying. 6th April.

  • Meadow Pipit, Anthus pratensis
    On the dam, 6th April 2008.

  • Rock Pipit, Anthus petrosus
    Littoralis individual on the dam, 31st March 2008.

  • Ring-necked Parakeet, Psittacula krameri
    Mander Car Park, 30th March 2008.

  • Litte Ringed Plover, Charadrius dubius
    Adult, 30th March 2008.

  • Red Kite, Milvus milvus
    Wing-tagged individual 30th March 2008. It is really not easy to digiscope flying raptors!

  • Goosander, Mergus merganser
    First summer drake in Littless Creek, 30th March 2008.

  • Little Grebe, Tachybaptus ruficollis
    At least three pairs are around the site currently, 30th March 2008.

  • Northern Wheatear, Oenanthe oenanthe
    Two males on the fence at the foot of the dam. 23rd March.

  • Stonechats, Saxicola torquata
    Two on the fence at the foot of the dam.23rd March.

  • Meadow Pipits, Anthus pratensis
    Large numbers in the grassland along the dam today, together with a Stonechat, 23rd March.

  • Shelduck, Tadorna tadorna
    Male in the snow, the lagoons, 23rd March.

  • Kittiwake, Rissa tridactyla
    Adult in the roost in Sanctuary Bay, 21st March.

  • Grey Herons, Ardea cinerea
    Two sheltering from the howling northerly near Savages, 21st March.

  • Meadow Pipit, Anthus pratensis
    Two of twenty on the dam, 16th March.

  • Kittiwake, Rissa tridactyla
    One of two off the dam, 13th March 2008. The birds turned up in strong westerly winds yesterday.

  • Barn Owl, Tyto alba
    Hunting at dusk in the fields across from my house. Not knowing how to use my wife's camera and in poor light, revealed some interesting results!. 9th March 2008.

  • Mediterranean Gull, Larus melanocephalus
    Can you pick it out?! Adult in the roost off the lagoons, 7th March 2008.

  • Pintail, Anas acuta
    Male at Marlow, 29th Feb 2008.

  • Lapwing, Vanellus vanellus
    Adult, 26th Feb 2008

  • Green Sandpiper, Tringa ochropus
    Wintering individual on one of the new islands in the lagoons, 26th Feb 2008

  • Yellow-legged Gull, Larus michahellis
    Adult (rear) paired with Lesser Black-backed Gull, plus Shelduck, 26th Feb 2008

  • Snipe, Gallinago gallinago
    One of c20 in the lagoons, 26th Feb 2008

  • Glaucous Gull, Larus hyperboreus
    First winter (top right of photo) off Mander CP, 23rd Feb 2008

  • Brambling, Fringilla montifringilla
    Female in my back garden, Perry, 23rd Feb 2008

  • Red-crested Pochard, Netta rufina
    Drake in Gaynes Creek, 8th Feb 2008

  • Firecrest, Regulus ignicapillus
    The long stayer, near the lagoons, 6th Feb 2008.
    Thanks to Garth Peacock for this superb photo.

  • Iceland Gull, Larus glaucoides
    First winter off Mander CP, 19th January 2008

  • Common Scoter, Melanitta nigra
    First winter drake off the dam on 12th January 2008

  • Presumed Red-crested Pochard x Tufted Duck hybrid (with female Pochard).
    Drake in Savages Creek. Larger than a drake Tufted Duck, with startling orange crest, greyish mantle and smudgy upper flanks suggesting RCP. Otherwise, similar to a drake Tuftie, though with a RCP headshape. Wierd!

All material copyright Jono Leadley 2008