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

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Into the weekend

Last day at work this week, so another speedy visit. The thaw is on, with much of the lake now free from ice. Good news for the birds that rely on the water to be free of ice, to feed.

No sign of the Scaup today, or the Smew; but then not much sign of anything really. With the snow beginning to go, the fog dropped like a blanket this morning.
Good to see a couple of Kingfishers, but I’m still struggling to get decent pictures.

Lots of Tufted Duck about, with Wigeon, Gadwall and Mallard. A couple of Goosander on the south lake, seen through the binoculars, but I concentrated on the north lake this morning. A Song Thrush foraging amongst the fallen leaves, that were clear of snow, a few members of the Tit family in the bushes, and a couple of Herons around the edge; pleased to see some water I imagine.

My Crows were present, as usual, calling for some food, and the Lapwing was out on some ice that still remained.

A cold, dull, miserable day though; hopefully tomorrow will be better.

Full list of today’s sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
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)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
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 Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  30


  1. Melancholic Kingfisher I like it...Bored of work yet;-( ?

  2. It looks like the thaw is set for the next couple of days, at least....good news for all those poor birds. I can feel some good footage of Kingfishers coming up in the not to distant future!!

  3. Thanks Debbie.
    Work, hmmmm. Yea, I'd much rather not be there lol

    Trevor, I've tried for ages to get shots of a Kingfisher, that weren't just blue blobs.
    I'll keep trying ;)

  4. There might not have been much about but you can make fog entertaining. The Kingfisher shot is fine. Given time it will come to you. Then the definitive Kingfisher image.

  5. Hi Keith... Your Kingfisher is so colorful very nice !!
    Like the video today especially the Lapwing when he turned front on like he was posing for the camera!! : }
    The weather has been strange here least the bird will be around on the lake longer for you!!
    Hugs... for a good day, which probably half over for you by now!!

  6. It's strange that you even went out, and the Kingfisher, is he just sitting waiting for the moment when it will thaw, the BIG THAW....

  7. Its very hard to get those fellows still long enough to get a shot--Have a great weekend.

  8. Well, your getting closer Keith.{:)

  9. Thanks Adrian. The Kingfisher has eluded me for years. Maybe I should just sit in a hide, and get one.
    Nah! I'll get him one day, out in the open.

    Thanks grammie. That Lapwing turned right on cue, I couldn't believe it. lol

    Thanks Bob. I find it hard to keep away from the place.

    Thanks Dixxe. I'll keep trying :)

    Roy, I'll nail it one day lol

  10. Hi Keith, I'm struggling to keep up with you but have just enjoyed the posts and videos I missed in the week. You have had some great birds on the lake, very well done on the Greater Scaup!

    I would be happy just to find a Kingfisher ;) and would have been well pleased with that photo.

    Regarding the Crows, I think we need to rename you the Pied Piper of Caldecotte! :)

  11. Thanks Jan. The lake is really producing some good birds at the moment.
    I feel a bit like the Pied Piper at times, with the Crows, and now the Mallards following me lol