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

Friday, 29 April 2011

Made the press

One of the pictures I sent the local rag, was published last night.

A short piece by one of their staff writers, plus a few comments I made. 
Not the front page, but page 19.

A dull, windy and rainy morning, but I managed a circuit of the lake.
A couple of Mallards with young, Oystercatcher, Coots with young, Common Terns, Swallows and Martins were all good to see.
A couple of Great Crested Grebes were having an argument over something, and plenty of warblers warbling from everywhere.

Short post again today.


Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
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)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  34



  1. Well done to get the picture published in the local rag Keith, lets hope that it does some good.

    That Mallard seems to be making life hard for himself with all that chasing about.

  2. Nice tour dude and well done exposing those thoughtless litter louts.....

  3. Well done Keith, I'm glad it got into the paper. Hope it makes someone feel guilty but I doubt it will, people like that don't have a conscience.

    An enjoyable video again. those Mallards can certainly move fast when they are riled!

  4. Thanks Trevor. The Mallard seemed to spend more time chasing around, than feeding.

    Thanks Debbie :)

    Thanks Jan :)

  5. Hi Keith...hey~hey~hey~!!
    I guess it pays to speak up...sometimes it works, and you got there attention!!
    Nice to see the Gull out on the water!!
    The Mallard in those lovely white flowers is very picturesque!! Hugs ♥

  6. Thanks grammie. Yea, I was pleased to see the gull so far from the island. He must have really strong little legs with all that swimming.
    I hope the piece in the press does some good.

  7. I really am pleased the local rag took up the story about the litter problem. Well done Keith.

  8. Cheers John. I can only hope it will help a bit.

  9. Wonderful that the paper supported you and your effort to bring attention to the mess---I hope it makes an impression on people and it makes a difference!!

  10. Sondra, we'll see if it made a difference. We have a sunny weekend, and Monday is a holiday.
    Hopefully no mess on Tuesday.