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

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Egrets and others

A quick look on the island this morning, and there was one Little Egret getting ready to go.

I guess the others had already gone; well, I was a bit later than usual.
A family of Mute Swans came over to see if I had food, and a couple of Mallards flew past; just in case.

On round the north lake, and half a dozen Swallows flew high, on their journey south.
Plenty of Coots filling the waters, and up at the top end, the Kingfisher, tantalisingly flying around. Always one step ahead for a picture.

Up near the pub, the Lesser Black-backed Gull on the grass, along with Starlings and Pied Wagtails; whilst on the boat jetty, Black-headed Gulls, and a Cormorant drying his wings.

Quite a few Crows and Magpies, picking their way through the litter left behind by yesterdays pub visitors.

On round the south lake, and great numbers of House Martins, flying around, scooping the insects from the air. A big journey ahead of them, so they need to fill up.
I was surprised to see a Blackcap down by the river. He looked very fresh and clean, so I'm guessing a young one. I wonder if he'll stay, or move on.

The Little Grebes were at the usual spot, at the very far end, along with some Tufted Duck, a Great Crested Grebe family, and a Heron fishing in the reeds.
A Mute Swan took a dislike to a small group of Canada Geese, and began to see them off. Maybe he thought it was his lake.

At the boat peoples hangout, a Grey Wagtail flew in.

He paraded around for a while, and then disappeared with a group of Pied Wagtails that flew overhead.

Back at the footbridge, plenty of Chaffinch and Goldfinch on the feeders; and on the nut feeder,

one of the rat pack, doing a squirrel impression.

A pleasant morning in some sunshine.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
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)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
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)

Total species  37


  1. Nice birds and the Brown Rat, he also has found the feeding spot.

  2. Another great video. Odd the geese and swans bickering at this time of year. I really enjoy the rats but then I like squirrels. Only a posh rat when all is said.
    Your pictures won't enlarge now. It's simple to use Marks fix.
    I'm thinking that I'll have to bring forward my autumn lakes trip as the leaves are changing fast.

  3. Cheers Bob. Yea, those rats are pretty smart. :-)

    Thanks Adrian. The swan seemed to have singled out just one pair of geese. Maybe they upset him earlier.

    I think the pictures are as big as they'll get. I only post them at 700px.
    The leaves are certainly changing quick here.

  4. HI Keith..It is a lovely looking morning there ..a lot like here..mist over the pasture fields and from the river!!
    yesterday I had problems with comment posting so gave up grrrr
    I had wondered if the Egrets stay, or will be leaving for the winter??

    Pretty bird the Wagtail...and a Swan who appears to be the boss!!

    Enjoyed the morning visit at the lake ...


  5. Judging by your pictures it looks like Autumn is destined to put on a great show this year!

    Those rats seem to be getting more audacious by the day!...[;o)

  6. Keith, I think if you click on yours you have blogger bug. They com up in a slide show. Bloody annoying.

  7. Lovely image of the wagtail Keith I find them so hard to get close to.
    The rat steals the show though.. a lovel capture.

  8. Thanks Grace. I'm hoping the egrets will stay over winter. I'm not sure if they will or not.

    Thanks Trevor. Autumn has arrived at the lake, if nowhere else yet lol
    The rats are practically tame!

    Thanks Adrian. Yea, I see what you mean about the slide show. The size of the pictures though are the size I post them. Saves on space :-)

    Andrew, I was lucky with the wagtail; but he did keep his distance. Constantly flying ahead, as I tried to get closer.