Goosander is a good record for Surrey, so after hearing about Tricia's great find of 5 Goosander at Painshill Park in Cobham (just down the road) I decided to try my luck and see if I could find, and photograph, the 4 males and 1 female that were found the other day.
On entry, I scanned the trees for Lesser Redpoll, and although there were Goldfinch and Siskin about, there didn't seem to be any Redpoll. There were plenty of very photogenic Robins about, as well as a few Nuthatch (not so photogenic)
After a while, I found the Goosanders, but they were very shy and timid, and would fly to the other side of the lake as soon as I got close. After about half an hour of crouching patiently with the tripod, they finally plucked up the courage to make their way back to my side of the lake, although they still stayed far out in the middle, allowing me to get a group shot of the stars.
Two males fighting over a female
A very acrobatic Nuthatch high in a tree
All in all, a successful afternoon, with five brilliant Goosanders twitched and some okay photos to prove it. I think I'll do the Big Garden Birdwatch tommorow.