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

Saturday, 6 November 2010


Fairly cloudy to begin with, but the sun forced its way through eventually. A pleasant walk round this morning, and I took some video; that’s at the end, with the full list of sightings.

Lots of Coots on the lake, and plenty of Tufted Duck all around too. Big numbers of Wood Pigeons flying over, and managed to catch one lot on the video. And at the end of my walk, about 25 Lapwing flying westward.

Plenty of finches round by the car park today, and a few young Blackbirds too.

Hope you enjoy the video; thought it would make a change.

(Arrrgh, I noticed I messed up the title at the beginning; never mind.)

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)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  34


  1. Superb Keith and the Ian Dury soundtrack is great. You sound just like the late and great. I have thought about using video it does suit wildlife photography. I'm hoping Santa will bring an HD capable DSLR. I've fed the pigs and they are flying. Lets have more of this.......please.

  2. Hi Keith... Love the video....
    Maybe they will My laugh of the day!! : }
    Hugs my friend!!

  3. Thanks Adrian; maybe I could get a job doing voice-overs? lol
    The video is shot on a little Sony handicam,
    DCR-SR37, Amazon, couple hundred quid. Great little cam.

    Thanks grammie, glad you enjoyed it :)

  4. I also enjoyed the commentary, Keith.

  5. Thanks Wilma, glad you enjoyed it :)

    Thank you Bob. I might attempt a few more :)

  6. This was a grand good to see and HEAR the sound of the birds and your voice too!!
    Love the little Video camera, does it put up the text too? Whata fun project. ENJOY and Ill be looking for more Short Films by Keith!

  7. Thanks Dixxe, yea I'll probably do a few more video in the future, it was good fun doing it.
    I put the text on after, using Windows Movie Maker; but I did mess up one bit lol