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

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Redshank, feeding grebes, and moths.

The morning started sunny, and felt promising.

As I finished topping up the feeders, Scott turned up for a quick chat, before he decided where he was heading for the day.
"Rain later", he advised. He wasn't wrong.

A Blackbird was singing in the morning, bathed in sunlight, just by the car park, and as I made my way round the north lake, Blackcaps and Garden Warblers were competing to see who could sing the loudest. I think the winner was a Dunnock though; tucked in a bush, and singing for all he was worth.

Further round the lake I came across the Great Crested Grebe family, and watched as one of the adults brought a fish for the youngsters.

 Quite a struggle as they tried to eat the fish, which seemed almost as big as they were. 

 Eventually dad took control, and ate it himself.

Plenty of goslings all around the lake, and up by the boat, which the Common Terns have made home, there stood a brown bird amongst them.

 A Redshank. A first for me, here.

I managed a few pictures, before he finally took off; only staying about 10 minutes.

Along the edge of the lake, Swifts and Swallows were circling around, so a few attempts at pictures.

On round towards the pub, and the once blue skies were getting grey, and spots of rain were falling. A Heron stood hunched up in the reeds, and the geese all seemed to take to the water. Starlings feeding in front of the pub, a few Pied Wagtails, and more Swifts and Swallows swooping low over the grass; and the Lesser Black-backed Gull, running around, like a Keystone Cop.

The rain was getting heavier by now, but I decided to carry on round the south lake. Once you're wet, you're wet; so no point worrying about it.

No butterflies along the grassy verge today. I'd set out with the other camera this morning, with the macro lens on, hoping for some pictures, but I had to make do with some grasses instead.

At the far end of the lake, where the caterpillars had spun their silky magic over some of the trees, I finally found some of the moths.

 Bird Cherry Ermine Moth.

Small white moths, with black spots. There was just a small group left, on one of the trees, so I managed some pictures, before they all disappear into the world.

More Swifts and Swallows skimming the water by the rowing club, and these were joined by Sand Martins, and House Martins. Fantastic to just watch, as they swoop low over the water, soar upwards, and pass within inches of my head. Superb flying skills.
And out on the water, the Common Gull.

Another crust of bread for him, and as I threw it out towards him, he lifted up, flapping his wings, and for a few brief seconds, was airborne! I managed to capture a brief bit on the video.

Wouldn't it be amazing if he could eventually fly?

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 Redshank [sp] (Tringa totanus)
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)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
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)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
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)
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  39


  1. Another excellent post and video Keith.
    Super picture of the Swallow.
    Looks like a steep learning curve for a young G C Grebe!
    The new camera looks to be working well btw.

  2. It was a great mornings visit Trevor, despite the efforts of the rain. lol
    I began to feel sorry for that poor fish in the end; the way it was pulled around.

    The new toy is working well :-)

  3. The Redshank would have my first if I could it in time, better luck. Yours will make up for it; you take beautiful photos.

  4. Thanks Bob. The Redshank was a big surprise to see it here.

  5. A super Swallow shot in flight Keith and it was good to see a Redshank.

  6. Thanks Roy. Took a lot of shots to get that one lol

  7. You always but always say what I am thinking Keith, I notice it when you leave comments before me on blogs, it's quite uncanny! This time it was what you wrote in a reply about feeling sorry for the poor old fish ;) It was fascinating watching the Grebe family!

    Well done on the Redshank, a great find on your patch.

    You must have got absolutely drenched, I could see in the video how much it was raining! We have had rain all day long but it was so badly needed that I can't complain.

    Love the Swallow photo, they are so difficult to capture.

    I think it would be wonderful if the gull managed to fly again eventually :)

  8. Thanks Jan. Yea a great find with the Redshank. It does make me wonder at times how many birds I've just missed, as I walk round.
    The gull seems to be doing remarkably well. It would be amazing if it did manage to fly. I'd certainly miss it though; I've grown rather attached to it over the past few months.

  9. A fine day by the looks of your video...Excellent shot of the swallow!! Congrats on the Redshank!! Great looking bird--the grebes are looking fine, hope Dad brings a smaller fish in next time make life easier for all concerned!

  10. Thanks Sondra. Yea, now back to work, so not much visiting there this week I'm afraid. :-(