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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Friday, 8 October 2010

The other end of the day

A late post today, from the opposite end of the day, because this morning I was travelling to Oxford for some tests, in preparation of next weeks ‘fun’.

Anyway, enough of that nonsense; the birds.

Well, I only did half the lake this evening; the north part. A couple of reasons, mainly time, and I wanted to get the sun going down behind the pub; and check on the Red Crested Pochard. Pleased to say, I got both on camera.

The Red Crested Pochard, still happily feeding.

Sunset this evening.

The rest of the birds seen this evening follows; not as many as usual, so another picture. A Wigeon in the evening sun.

Full list of sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)

Total species  23


  1. Hi Keith...So all went ok?
    Love the second photo at the size and distants it looks like an antique post card!
    Waiting for details!!; } Hugs!!

  2. Worth the trip out. Amazing what you have in your area.

  3. Thanks grammie. Yea, went ok. Hectic day, and very tiring. I'll get sorted soon ;)

    Thanks Adrian. Been a long day, but enjoyable.
    Yea, mostly roundabouts and concrete cows, but we get the odd gem lol

  4. Hey Keith, the sunset shot is absolutely stunning. Lovely composition.

  5. Thanks Roy. I thought of doing a print for the landlord............might get a free pint ;)

  6. Sounds like a good idea to me Keith.