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

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Very quick

Working an early shift doesn’t give me very much time to go round the lake; with things to do after work, cook a dinner, sort Jim out…….yea, yea,  put the violins away, I’m not after sympathy; it’s just that time is of an essence.

But, the sun was shining, so sod everything else; I popped over the lake for an hour.

Seed on the bridge, I just ventured under the road bridge, and fed the ducks; and the gulls.

 The Black-headed Gulls are getting as wise as the Mallards. They know when food is about.

A few geese joined the ducks too.

Tufted Duck and Wigeon were out on the water, Cormorant were going about their business, and some of the swans were exerting their authority.

Back at the footbridge, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Reed Bunting and Bullfinch were about; and a nice bonus of a few Siskin.

Not had time to process all the pictures, and no time to do a video, but a great way to unwind after work, in the sun.

And another bonus on the way home; a dozen Waxwings high in the trees.

Time for dinner now.

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)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
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)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  27


  1. Waxwings? again!...sigh ;)

    Glad you snatched some time in the sun, lovely photos as always.

  2. Whoops! Meant to ask if Jim is fully recovered now?

  3. I'll try and send some Waxwings down to you Jan; seems to be loads here lol
    Yea, Jim is back to his usual self now, thanks :)

  4. Got to make the most of the sunshine, amazing how much more perkier you feel when the sun comes out.

  5. I had my violin all tuned and ready to play and then you tell me to put it away? Great image of the Mute Swan. I have been on the recieving end of a Mute defending its nest.

  6. They are the coolest, the Swan was landing, just taking off or it was just flapping, I don't mind, it was a fantastic bird.

  7. HI Keith..Good think you got in some sun to take away that complaining before the violins got tuned up!!
    I had a goose look at me once like that and it came at me,and grab onto my thigh!! I had a lump and a black and blue then yellow and green mark for watch out for those buggers! hahahaha!!
    Like the Swan landing and good you got to see the Waxwings!!
    Hugs my friend!!
    Good for you

  8. Not more waxwings Keith, how do you do it.{:)

  9. I know you love seeing that blue sunny sky! Your photos of the walk are wonderful! Love the action!

  10. Debbie, the sun makes such a difference doesn't it.

    Thanks Dale; my own fault I have so much to catch up on lol
    I imagine a Swan can be quite frightening when it's angry.

    Thank you Bob. The swan was coming in to land, to chase off a couple of others, that had stopped for some food.

    Thanks grammie. The geese can be a bit vicious at times. Luckily I've not been that unlucky lol

    We've had a lot of Waxwings here recently Roy. More common than Starlings at the moment lol
    Always great to see them. Had to quickly stop and grab a few a shots before I got home.

    Thank you Dixxe. Had blue sky for a couple of days now; hope it lasts :)

  11. It was a great afternoon. Glad you managed to get out. A grand Swan.

  12. Thanks Adrian. The sun takes priority now :)

  13. Great to find a bit of sunshine these days. Have the ConDems cut back on that as well as everything else we mere mortals need.
    Love the action shots of the gull and swan.

  14. John, I'm sure they would tax it to the hilt if they could lol