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



Wednesday, 8 December 2010

A great day again


Cold, and a couple of times it tried to snow, but despite that, a great morning.

The usual ducks, crammed into the available water that wasn’t frozen, a fleeting glimpse of a Kingfisher, and an even more fleeting glimpse of a Sparrowhawk, as he shot into some trees along the edge of the lake. Must have had his eye on lunch.

The Crows were hustling for food again, a Shoveler on the north lake, by the pub, and round by Cormorant island, I counted a total of 11 Goosander.



A small flock of Fieldfare in the trees by the weir, and quite a few Long Tailed Tits around. But the real star today, came at the end, and I almost missed it, because I was about to go home.

I wandered back to the footbridge, by the car park, for one last, quick look.
And there, in the brambles, hunting for insects, what I thought was a Goldcrest at first. I took a little bit of video, and tried to get a few shots. (not brilliant, but you can see what it is). And it wasn’t until I looked on the camera, I realised it was Firecrest.




Another first for me at the lake.









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)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
Firecrest [sp] (Regulus ignicapilla)
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)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)

Total species  33


7 comments:

  1. Super videos again Keith, they just get better and better every day, some great shots of different bird behaviour .....I can see a cereer change comming any time soon, what will it be, I wonder, Crow trainer or wildlife cameraman? lol.

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  2. Thanks Trevor. Crow trainer; hmmm, that'd be a challenge lol

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  3. OH...great find on the Firecrest...it reminds me of our golden crowned Kinglet- sort of--
    Have a great Thursday!

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  4. The Firecrest was a nice find. Enjoyed the videos and the commentary .... I had the same problem trying to catch up with 5 Goosander today plus 50 or more Tufties.

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  5. Hi Keith...loving those videos...
    If those bird get to hungry I'd be careful; especially when they start circle around you lol!!
    Giving you a "High-five" on seeing the Firecrest!!
    Warm Hug!!

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  6. Another first Keith, well done on the Firecrest.

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  7. Dixxe, thanks. Only seen pictures of your 'Kinglet', and they do look very similar.

    Cheers Frank. First one I've seen in years. Very pleased.

    Grammie, glad you enjoy the videos. I must slow down a bit on them though, it takes forever to do lol

    Thanks Roy. Really pleased with the Firecrest. Didn't think they were about this close to me.

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