There were lots of duck species around at Yakumo today. The avove Falcated Duck and a male Garganey were the most interesting and there were also Gadwall, Shoveler and another dozen or so species as well as Mandarin Duck and Smew at Onuma.
I managed to revisit another old haunt when I was back in the Uk: Saeforth Dock Pools in Liverpool.
You need a permit to get in these days and the reserve has seen better days and is just about clinging on. It is surrounded by new buildings and a lot of the birds seem to have gone. It used to be famous for Little Gulls but apparently they no longer visit.
There were a few common ducks around like the above Gadwall and lots of Shelduck (I’ve only ever seen one in Japan).
There were also a few common waders around: Dunlin, Red Knot, Eurasian Curlew etc.