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

Tuesday, 19 July 2011


Imaginative title; but the best I could manage. Not feeling 100% today.

Lots of little things to catch up on today, so a very brief visit, just around the footbridge, under the road bridge, and a look at Cormorant island.

And on the island, a Little Egret.

It's becoming a frequent visitor to the lake, and maybe I might be able to get a close shot of it one day.

The usual tits and finches around the footbridge, a couple of Mistle Thrushes, and a large gathering of Black-headed Gulls at the north lake.

It deserves a longer visit.


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)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  31


  1. HI Keith...I liked the part on the video with the little apples,with the Goldfinch and the other bird in it nice!!
    The Little Egret looks like the one we have here ..I wonder if it is? Hope you can get a good one of it soon!!
    Well it is Tuesday one day closer to this mess being not a bad title after all!!
    Hugs ♥ Grace

  2. Good to see the Egret......such an elegant bird.

  3. A brilliant Egret, one of the best.

  4. Great to see the Little Egret a beautiful bird...

  5. Thanks Grace. Yea, another day closer; then I have to decide what to do :-)

    Adrian, Bob, and Andrew, thank you. The Egret's are lovely birds. Always look so graceful.