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

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Baby Oystercatcher

A quick walk round the north lake, and a peep at the Cormorant island.

Cormorant island had a Cormorant up in the trees, the Common Gull resting, and a very vocal Oystercatcher. And a young one too. No wonder he was vocal; showing off his baby!

 A lousy picture, I know.

There are plenty of other babies around too. It seems to have been a good breeding year so far, with lots of young Blue Tits, Great Tits, Finches, and of course, Mallards.

On the grass, along the front of the pub, there were lots of young goslings and cygnets, and a Lesser Black-backed Gull, seems quite content to mingle with them all.

Enjoy the rest of your day.

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)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  29


  1. Good to be back..........this video is brilliant. What camera is it?

  2. First class menu you have there Keith. lol.

    Great to see the young Oystrcatcher, is it the first time they've bred there?

  3. Thanks Adrian. The video is with my new toy; a Sony Handicam, HDR-PJ10E. Very pleased with it so far. I must stop spending money I don't have though :-)

    Thanks Trevor. Yea, the first young Oystercatcher chick to my knowledge. I was quite excited when I saw it.

  4. Aw, the baby Oystercatcher, awww. Nice pictures.

  5. Thanks Bob. A lovely surprise this morning. :-)

  6. SO COOL!! Love these Babies!!

  7. Thanks Sondra. There seems to be juveniles everywhere at the moment :-)