Had a trip to Long Eaton Gravel Pits to try and find the female Common Scoter that had been reported there. I was unfamiliar with this location, and there were no other birders around, and I had difficulty finding the bird. I had almost given up when I spotted her in the distance. This was a 'first' for me - yes, I am a novice!! Sadly, only record shots were possible with my equipment.