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Rare diving duck spotted for the first time in Wanstead

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A rare diving duck was spotted for the first time on Wanstead Flats last month.

“While scanning Jubilee Pond on 16 January, I noted a drake Ferruginous Duck asleep on a small, unfrozen part of the lake. It later woke up and could be seen swimming and diving. Although there was no sign of it the following day, three days later it relocated to Eagle Pond in Snaresbrook, where it was admired by many. This very rare diving duck is native to south-east Europe,” said Tim Harris of the Wren Wildlife Group.