Four of these birds have spent the last week at the local patch. Unfortunately all the birds are in their Autumn plumage so no colourful image of a Drake to be had. They are very shy and explode into flight for the slightest of reasons. Luckily they do an aerial loop and then settle back on the ponds again. I sat quietly and after some time they relaxed and went about their business. I was then able to capture some of their daily routine.
A bird glides by giving me the beady eye
Surface skimming, or dabbling, their preferred feeding method
Here one of the ducks upends to feed. This is apparently not common in Garganey's, so an interesting piece of behaviour to witness
Two of the ducks sorting out their "pecking" order
After some feeding and fighting it was time to climb out onto the rocks for some sunning and preening
A B.I.F. image showing the bold white wing bars