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

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Herons a plenty

They seemed to be everywhere this morning.

The sun hid behind thick cloud while I walked round the lake, so not many pictures taken. It's shining now, in a blue sky. Typical!

It was good to see a Kingfisher this morning.

 Crap picture, but one day I'll get a good one.

Actually, I saw three; even better, after their demise after the winter, hopefully their numbers will be back up to the regular half dozen of last year.

A lone Little Egret flew overhead too; always good to see them.

At the far end of the south lake, an amazing moth.

He looks very plain here, with wings closed.

When I first saw it flying I thought it was a Red Admiral, but on checking my moth books later, it's a Red Underwing.

 Best shot of the colours under its wings. A hidden gem.

A real stunner. With nearly a 4" wingspan, a big stunner too.

The footbridge was as busy as ever, with Chaffinch being the most numerous bird. They've had a fantastic breeding season.

The Cormorants were out in force too, so along with the Herons and Kinfishers, there won't be much fishing for the fishermen come the weekend. 


Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
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 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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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)

Toal species  32


  1. Any picture of a Kingfisher is a brilliant picture. I have never seen a moth like that one. A real beauty. I'll watch the video tomorrow. I have internet but not enough for video.

  2. Kingfisher. Your getting closer all the time Keith.

  3. Thanks Adrian. That moth was spectacular.
    There's a short clip of it on the video.

    Roy, I'd love to get closer lol

  4. I love your moth, I would like to see it with its wings open, sounds good.

  5. Excellent post Keith.

    Kingfisher,Great Crested Grebe (and babies, aaww!)and a beautiful moth, together with a full supporting cast make for some great images. [;o)

  6. Thanks Bob. It's quite stunning to see its open wings.

    Thanks Trevor. A good visit today :-)

  7. A lovely capture of the Kingfisher Keith... it's a tad better than a record shot... I wish I had one this good.

  8. Thanks Andrew. One day I'll get one better lol

  9. Cool Kingfisher :)) You are getting closer ! Soon you will get the portrait shot ;-)
    It's funny - I've shot the same Moth here few time ago for the first time :) A very nice one indeed

  10. Thanks Pescalune. Yea, maybe one day with the Kingfisher lol

    It certainly is a beautiful moth isn't it.
    First time I've ever seen it.

  11. WELL thats an excellent Kingfisher shot in my book!! WOW a 4 inch wing span on that moth--its a real beauty looks like fine woven fabric!

  12. One day I'll get a better Kingfisher shot Sondra; I've been trying long enough lol
    The moth was amazing.