Redcar Tarn near Keighley is not a vast sheet of water, one internet site describes the perimeter walk as an easy one mile, believe me it is a lot less than that but still worthwhile. A good array of wildfowl visit here and the surrounding fields can attract a wide variation of birds, there were no headline visitors today and the light was not great but it was still enjoyable.
Coots can be comical creatures, especially when disturbed and the volume of their call can be alarming.
There were plenty of geese around too, various species but they were not for posing and one even launched itself in a hissing attack at me! Respect was shown and I backed away, the pecking height of these things means self preservation is utmost!!
The aggressive one is on the right...at a safe distance!
The consequence of the high number of mallards in the area is some crossbreeding with domestic ducks and some of the seasonal visitors I think.
Neither of the above appear to be a recognisible species, both have elements of ones I know though.
A second circuit beckoned, another black headed gull posed conveniently close to me which was welcome as the light faded.
I managed to avoid another encounter with the feisty goose on this circuit but the wind was getting colder and I was dressed for working not birdwatching, brrr!!! Three resting muscovy ducks were nicely arranged as I wandered back to my car.
Well worth a visit up here if you are in the area, free parking and easy walking.