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

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Wake up with the Little Egrets

The morning started with a full moon, but the cloud quickly came in, and made it darker than I'd hoped for.

I wanted to watch the Little Egrets leave their roosting place this morning, and despite the dark morning, I was successful. Great to watch them leave this morning, and head off to wherever they go to. Three went north, and one headed south.
A separate video for this.

On round the north lake, after watching the Little Egrets leave, and the rising sun cast a wonderful golden glow on the pub, before the cloud moved in, and closed the gap it was peering through.

Coots, Mallards and Black-headed Gulls were all busily going about their business, a couple of Herons flying across the lake, and a Sparrowhawk glided overhead.
Blackbirds foraging in the grass for worms, and a party of Long Tailed Tits, noisily moving through the trees.

A Heron was in his usual haunt, under a footbridge, and noisily left as I got nearer.
Great Crested Grebes swimming with the Mallards, and quite a few Mute Swans swimming with their respective cygnets.

Canada Geese grazing at the top end of the north lake, and as I neared the pub, the Lesser Black-backed Gull was jogging along the grass, in-between the Pied Wagtails.
Crows and Magpies up in the trees, always watchful for a food opportunity, and they made short work of my discarded apple core.

Onto the south lake, and more Canada Geese grazing. A few Reed Buntings calling from the reeds, along with a group of juvenile Reed Warblers.

A few of the adult Mute Swans were posturing, and moving on, some of the younger swans. I guess territory rights are to be fiercely defended now.

A lone Swallow skimmed over the water, and maybe a single House Martin; not 100% sure on the last one though.

As I neared Cormorant island I could see the Common Gull, swimming with some Mallards. His wing flapping seems a lot stronger now, and at times he became airborne, as he fought to get the bread I tossed towards him.
He's looking spectacular, with his white head, and grey wings.

I do hope he makes it through the winter.

And across on the island, in the trees, a few Cormorants, and a Little Egret.

A great morning.


An update on the ringed Mute Swan I saw here on the 6th August, her number was 722.
She was seen on Bedford Embankment as a 5 year old, on 1st March 2010.
Next sighting was Wardown Park, Luton, on 3rd May 2010,
and then by myself, here, on 6th August 2011.
She's travelled a total of 23 kilometres.
Fascinating stuff, and thank you to the ringing team for providing me with the information.
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 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)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
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. HI Keith...That is a stuning site the sun sining on the pub area...
    5:00 huh ...don't you know that it's a bit earlier then the Egrets alarm is set for...but you did manage to get to see them take there morning bath before the left for breakfast : }}
    Love the videes ..the gull seem to be holding his own!!

  2. Great videos but the opening image is stunning. The brewery should be buying it.

  3. Thanks Grace. Yea, I get a day off work, and I'm up earlier lol
    Worth it though.

    Thanks Adrian. I'll have to pay them a visit :-)

  4. Super videos, as usual, Keith. That first image is just superb.
    A fantastic sunrise this morning, unfortunatly I only saw it through one eye and the bedroom curtains. lol.
    Nice to see the Common gull is still making good. [;o)

  5. Nice one Keith, you got up at an awful time, but, you went to get a pictures of the Little Egrets, and you got them. I think that Common Gull also needs some praise.

  6. Beautiful images and clips Keith. Egrets are a beautiful bird to see.
    The pub I have read about many times during your posts... looks like a great place for a drink.

  7. Trevor, I'll lend you my dog. You'll never miss a sunrise again lol

    Thanks Bob. That Common Gull is doing really well. I'd love to see it fly one day.

  8. Thanks Andrew. The lake is better than the pub; but the food is good lol
    It can get very busy at times.

  9. Your videos are wonderful today...You do a very good job tracking the birds in Flight..THAT sun on the pub was awesome!!

  10. Thanks Sondra. It's a bit hit and miss with the smaller birds at times lol

  11. What a super image of the windmill Keith.
    Brilliant capture.

  12. Thanks Roy. It was one of those brief, magical moments of early sunlight.