There has been a Black-throated Diver at Swithland Reservoir for sometime now, a bird which I did not get last year and a site I have never been to. I was meant to have a go over the holidays and when a message on the pager saying it was showing well off the dam I just had to go I collected my mate and 90 minutes later we were on site. By this time it was about 15.30 and chucking it down and blowing a gale. Then rain soon stopped and the diver was found in the middle of the reservoir, hardly showing well. Nearby were 3 out of the 4 Scaup that had also been present some time, bonus, then we lost the diver for 5 minutes but it soon reappeared right next to the dam. Cracking. A few more year ticks were collected and we went home happy.
The best I could get on a darkening and rainy late afternoon but worth going to see.