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

Friday, 26 August 2011

Rain, and more rain

It was wet. Very wet; but despite that I was determined to go round the lake this morning.

By the footbridge a very obliging Song Thrush was searching for worms in the soggy grass, and was completely unperturbed by my presence. A shame it was too dull for pictures.

North had 2 Kingfishers again, and a few Canada Geese, along with some Black-headed Gulls. The strangest sight though, was a young Moorhen, standing on top of a bulrush, plucking the seed as he swayed in the breeze. Something I've never seen before.

He was at it for some time, until the balancing act got too much, and he flew off.

Not the best pictures I've ever taken, but for me, they capture a strange moment.

By the time I'd reached the road bridge, to go round the south lake, it had stopped raining. But not for long. After watching a Crow enjoying something he'd found to eat, and some sleepy swans the rain returned with a vengeance.
By now I was at the far end of the south lake.
A couple of Tufted Duck swimming around, and then some magic moments watching some Swallows skim over the water, catching insects. Fattening themselves up for the long journey ahead. I could watch them all day.

By the time I reached the footbridge again, the rain was getting heavier.
A quick look for yesterdays Spotted Flycatcher, but no luck.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Stock Pigeon [sp] (Columba oenas)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
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  35


  1. The Moorhen is just fantastic. Sorry you got wet for it. It was worth it for me.

  2. Another wet and soggy video Keith! but still excellent none the less.
    Love the Moorhen 'breakfast on the move'
    And some super tracking on the Swallows. [;o)

  3. Thanks Adrian, it was worth getting wet for. Behaviour I've never seen before.

    Thanks Trevor. I took loads of video of the Swallows. Fascinating to watch them. I spent ages there lol

  4. Lovely Moorhen pictures. I didn't get wet, it arrived at 5.30pm, but it was too late.

  5. Thanks Bob.
    Let's hope tomorrow is a dry day.

  6. HI Keith...Wow how do keep your camera dry in that rain?

    I like seeing the Heron just standing there with the rain coming down...and the Moorhen doing its balance act is comical! Hugs

    Ps: it is 82 degress in the shade right now 4:45pm and sunny. It was 95 earlier!! : }}

  7. We could use some of your rain...I guess that cattail has some good seeds in it--

  8. Thanks Grace. I had my coat on lol

    It's surprising how much abuse a camera can take. I'll take pictures in any weather lol
    Hope the hurricane don't hit too hard.

  9. It was fascinating watching the Moorhen pluck the seeds. Never seen that before, and he looked far too heavy for the plant lol