I parked at Southrey as the diver had cleared moved north along the river the previous day - of course it turned out this morning it had moved back south again so a long walk south from Southrey it was then. The trek proved to be well worth it as eventually I had amazing views of the juvenile White-billed Diver. It didn't seem that bothered by all those there on the riverbank watching or photographing it, actually coming up close to us from dives at times. What a way to see my first ever White-billed - a memorable experience. Here's hoping this bird doesn't suffer the same fate as that 1996 bird.
I really liked the habitat along the River Witham - an area I hadn't visited until yesterday. I decided to take advantage of the fine weather (very cold but sunny with light winds all day) and stayed for a few hours birding along the river.
I noted 15 Goosander (13 drakes) and a ringtail Hen Harrier between Kirkstead Bridge and Southrey.
White-billed Diver (juvenile)