|Snowy Kyong-po Lake|
|Tim scans the Pochards in his least favourite weather|
|Greater Scaup Aythya marila|
|Smew Mergellus albellus|
|Distant raft of Pochard Aythya ferina|
The birding gods were not smiling on us on this day, however, as constricting transportation logistics and unprecedented blizzard conditions conspired against us. We ended up with only a few hours to scan a lake (that looked a whole lot smaller on the map!) for a Pochard...that wasn't a Pochard. When we got to the far bank, the raft of Pochards seemed to be frustratingly close to the opposite bank. This happened a few times, and I'm wondering if it was a perverse illusion, or if the ducks were actually screwing with us. Long story short, we didn't see the Canvasback, but it sure was an 'adventure.'