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



Monday, 20 June 2011

Monday

A quick visit this morning, work beckons later.

A lovely sunny start, and the Song Thrush was telling everyone how good the morning was.




A light mist was over both north and south lake, but quickly cleared.




I concentrated on the north lake, and along with the usuals, the Oystercatcher flew overhead, with a tasty morsel for his young one on the island,




and a Kingfisher flashed past, shining in the sunlight.


Plenty of geese, and a few Great Crested Grebes out on the lake.
Whitethroat calling from the trees, Common Tern still on the boat, and the Lesser Black-backed Gull foraging outside the pub.





And then it's off to work.

 






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)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
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)

Total species  28

8 comments:

  1. Grand as ever........Your new camera either has a hell of a zoom or the heron is getting tamer.

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  2. A heart melting photo of the Song Thrush Keith! Then the song on the video... my very favourite bird song, I love it especially the (in my opinion) slightly comical sound it always has :)

    Frightening how much the berries are formed already, this year is going too fast! I noticed them where the Song Thrush was perched.

    Lovely to see the seven cygnet family, mum looked so proud!

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  3. The Great Crested Grebe is really special, well shot Keith.

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  4. Really good video footage Keith, clear as a bell and the close ups are great too especially the heron youngster. I always like an atmospheric Misty pic

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  5. He is the star of the show today!! Very hot here today, work and not much else--

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  6. Thanks Adrian. A young, co-operative Heron ;-)

    That Song Thrush sings from that perch every morning Jan; does a duet with a Blackbird. Great to hear.

    Thanks Bob. A nice mist for a while this morning.

    Thank you Debbie. It was a lovely morning. :-)

    Thanks Sondra. Our sunny morning turned to rain this evening.

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  7. Hey Keith, the GC Grebe on the misty lake, that is a special shot.

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  8. Thanks Roy. It's a shot I've had in my mind for a while. Glad you liked it.

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