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

Sunday, 7 November 2010


Had a quick visit first to another local lake called Walton. There have been sightings of at least 4 Bearded Tits there, so I had a quick visit. Wasn’t disappointed; almost immediately I saw them, and managed some pictures. I’ll put them on the other blog later, and I’ve posted some on the local bird club site.

But, back to Caldecotte. A sunny morning, then some cloud, then a shower of rain, and now sun again. A bit of a mix, and so were the birds. Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, and

Redwing. And all around by the car park area. Going round the lake, a couple of Kingfishers, a lot of Tufted Duck, (I’m sure their numbers increase daily), Wigeon, Gadwall, (they’ve increased too), Pochard, and Coot. They still outnumber everything else I think. A few fishermen about today, trying to compete with the Heron and Cormorant; but not so successful.

Spoke to another man taking pictures today, and a couple of other people I noticed out with cameras too. And the boats, rowing up and down the lake; it all seemed rather busy today.

I’ll leave with a shot of a cygnet I took at the end of last month.

Full list of today’s 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)
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)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
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)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  30 


  1. HI Keith....real frosty morning here....the grass roofs are white!!
    Its sounds like a good morning for you..just 8:00 AM here.
    Have a good day!!

  2. Bearded Tits! Brilliant, well done Keith! I'm really envious :)

    Beautiful, elegant Cygnet photo.

    I have just watched yesterday's video (twice!) and enjoyed it so much especially with your narrative. You HAVE to do more like that, it was just like being there with you. I did laugh at how underwhelmed you were with the boats and especially the dead pan way you said 'maybe they'll crash'...priceless!

  3. Grammie, it's been a great day so far :)

    Thanks Jan. Yea, they were great to see.
    Glad you liked the video. I enjoyed doing it; so maybe more to come ;)

  4. Beautiful pictures.. so delicated.. i liked..

  5. Dejemonos sorprender, thank you for stopping by, and commenting.

  6. HI Keith, catching up today...Sounds like you had a nice trip to the lake today..great look at the Cygnet!

  7. Thanks Dixxe. I missed out going yesterday, it poured with rain all day. Today got the doctors later, so no visit today either. I miss it! lol