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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


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


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

  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!

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

  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

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

  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.

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

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