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Thursday, 25 November 2010


A late post today; YouTube was being a pain.

A light frost, sun later, then clouding up. And very cold. Wouldn’t surprise me to see a flew flakes of snow soon.

There were plenty of gulls huddled together on the roost this morning, and all the usual noisy participants. Cormorants roosting in the trees on the island, and Tufted Duck everywhere you looked.
A few Pochard here and there, along with Gadwall and Wigeon; and the male Goldeneye still on the lake. So was the male Goosander. I’m gonna miss all this when I return to work next week.

Highlight for today, had to be the two Cormorants, that seemed to be fishing as a pair.
One had an enormous fish, practically as big as he was.

Unfortunately I had to shoot into the sun, and missed most of the action. They seemed to be dropping it into the water, re catching it, and throwing it about. Maybe to stun it? Not sure, but fascinating to watch.

A lone Lapwing flew overhead, a lone Sparrowhawk, and about a dozen Redwing, flitting from tree to tree.
Spotted two Kingfishers this morning, so at least they are still around, and a couple of Jays up in the trees too.
Cold, but good.

A two part video today, because tomorrow I have to go into work, to sort out for next weeks return, so no lake visit on Friday.

Full list of today’s sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Goldeneye [sp] (Bucephala clangula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  38


  1. Brilliant Keith. Be worth some production company flying you to the Everglades.....The comentary alone would be worth the cost. ot many folk can make walking through scrub entertaining. Cheers.

  2. Great safari Keith, I hope you took a map!!

  3. Hi Keith ...what in the world are you doing crashing through the brush...shame on you, well at least it would be all documented if you kick the bucket... lol : }
    Great video's and that is a good sized fish. Is that lake stocked with fish at all!!
    It looks like what I would say is a Trout or small Salmon!!
    Take it easy you ...Hugs!!

  4. The last time I ventured through that scrub Adrian, it was a little easier. It's worth the effort, and scratches though. ;)

    Thanks Wilma. It was a huge fish, but shooting into the sun was playing havoc with the camera.

    It's like a mini jungle in that part Trevor lol

    It did cross my mind Grammie, that if I fell in there, no-one would probably find me lol

  5. Great shots of the Cormorant catching a very large fish, wowish.

  6. That was an enormous fish Keith. I see you have had the same kind of luck with a Kingfisher again, as I do.
    It certainly was cold this morning as I went out around the lakes. I was wearing at least four layers.{:) Yes our bit of sky had that snow look about it as well.

  7. These videos are getting addictive Keith, so who needs David Attenborough? :) It felt like you were leading me through the jungle there and I'm sure I have the scratches to prove it! It was lovely to get a glimpse of a Kingfisher.

    My goodness, that fish was enormous! Of course me being me and far too soft for my own good I couldn't help feeling a bit sorry for the fish ;)

  8. Thanks Bob. That fish looked bigger than the Cormorant. No idea how, or if, he ate it.

    Roy, they reckon snow on the way, and it was certainly looking that way. Kingfishers always elude me lol

    Thanks Jan, glad you enjoy the videos. I don't think Mr Attenborough has anything to worry about though lol