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

Saturday, 20 August 2011


The first day of no more work; and the sun shone.

I got to the lake later than I wanted; I blame the wine. The sun was shining, and the birds seemed happy to feel the warmth. Even a Blackbird was prostrate in a bush, soaking up the suns rays.

Lots of flying activity this morning, and a couple of House Martins over the south lake.

A Sparrowhawk made an early morning sortie and scattered a few birds from the footbridge but he left empty clawed, and they soon returned.

A few dragonflies on the wing this morning, so the macro lens came in handy.

  Southern Hawker 

A number of Migrant Hawkers flying around, but by far the most numerous, was the Brown Hawker. They seldom settle though, so no pictures.

A juvenile Dunnock settled though, so a few pictures taken of him,

and a small group of Long Tailed Tits were happy to pose, while they ate some berries.

And now, time for a rest.


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)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
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  37


  1. Cracking photos, especially the Southern Hawker. You are quite the expert at the tracking flight shots - they were brilliant video clips.

  2. HI Keith...
    Are those bugged out eyes on the Dragonfly the way your feeling this morning?? lol
    I really liked the video.. the sound of the wings in flight depict freedom for sure...Enjoy!!
    Do you know the butterfly ID..I took some of one that looks just like that and I have to look it up!!

  3. The birds on the wing surely do epitomize freedom, Keith. Hope you enjoy yours.


  4. Thanks John. There's a lot of flight shots that get binned, especially the smaller birds lol
    Always worth having a go though.

    Thanks Grace. The butterfly is a Speckled Wood.

    Thanks Wilma. I'm looking forward to it :-)

  5. Those eyes, hypnotic are the Southern Hawkers. Great pictures on your first day off working.

  6. Thanks Bob. :-)

    Thank you Andrew :-)

  7. Great flight sequences on the video Keith,and that Southern Hawker close up is superb.

    Hope you enjoy your 'freedom' Keith, going on my experience you'll soon wonder where all the time goes! lol. [;o)

  8. Thanks Trevor. I might use that dragon shot on the other blog lol
    We'll have to sort out an outing soon.

  9. You do a great job tracking with your video camera...Congrats on getting the work stuff over...and ENJOY all this FREEDOM!

  10. A great macro of the Hawker Keith.

  11. Thank you Roy. I was really pleased with his one.