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

Friday, 14 October 2011

A sunny morning

The day started well; but I skipped the sunrise.

I would have tried, but the size of the gull roost drew me away from the sun. The gulls are steadily building up their numbers now, almost approaching the peak of last year. Mostly Black-headed and Lesser Black-backed; but could be others mixed in with them.
Watching them all suddenly take to the sky is quite a sight.

That meant the south lake was walked first, after topping up the feeders.
Quite early, about 6:45, four of the Little Egrets were heading north, after roosting at the island, and a group of Canada Geese were stretched across the path, lazily munching on the grass.
At the far end of the south lake, a few Wigeon and Tufted Duck, along with all the Coots, and as I got near the town houses, a little Wren appeared on the handrails.

Back at the car park, a quick look at the new feeder site produced a squirrel doing his best to get the peanuts. And at the footbridge, a couple of Reed Buntings, along with the Chaffinch and Dunnock.

Onto the north lake.

A Kingfisher flashed across the water up by the bandstand, and at the far end, a Heron circled around the grass, before heading off over the water,

By the weir, a couple of Wigeon, amongst all the Coots, and four Gadwall, taking in the morning sun.

A Cormorant was drying his wings on the old boat,

and a couple more Heron were dotted around the edge of the lake.

I was soon making my way back to the footbridge, but stopped to look up into the trees by the edge of the road, just past the road bridge. Something had caught my eye, high up in the leaves. A squirrel?
No, a rat. Three in fact.
Nothing to do with me........a long way away from the feeders.

Another look at the new feeders, and a Blue Tit had managed to get onto the nuts.

And waiting his turn, a Great Tit.


Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Stock Pigeon [sp] (Columba oenas)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
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)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  36


  1. Superb photographs today....what a difference decent light and skill make.

  2. Hi Keith..real lovely looking morning there...we have rain!!
    The photos very nice ..I eapecially like the Blue Tit and the Gadwall...the Heron wings are beautiful,it looks so much like oour Great Blue!!
    I wonder if anybody ever complains about the crap left by the two legged Rats ...and do they ever think that the trash calls in the Rats (4 legged) to!! crazy!!


  3. Another brilliant set of stills Keith. I especially like the pose of the Great Tit.

  4. Superb set of images Keith. Really like the Heron and the Great Tit.

  5. Thanks Adrian. The light was superb this morning; dunno about the skill bit though lol

    Thank you Grace. I think our Heron is probably the same as yours. As for the rats, well.... ;-)

    Thanks John. When they hear the shutter, some of the birds do some fine poses :-)

    Thanks Roy. I managed some pleasing results this morning.

  6. A lovely series today... and the post reads like you are enjoying life again..
    Have a great weekend Keith.

  7. Thank you Andrew. Yea, I think the trips to Wales agree with me. :-)

    Enjoy your weekend too.

  8. Why don't you move up to Wales, it is beautiful, ah, but, the money. Superb photos you have taken.

  9. Thanks Bob. Yea, it is a beautiful place.

  10. What a lovely place to amble through every morning, I do so miss having such places to visit :( next time I am back home I will have to venture your way and experience this perfect beauty for real, such a beautiful post, thanks Keith for sharing Gaia's magic.

  11. HUGE flock of gulls...awesome morning..Love the little wren. Have a great weekend...Keith.

  12. Thanks Gemel. It's one of my favourite places, and right on my doorstep. I'll give you the tour if you ever come over :-)

    Thank you Sondra. Enjoy your weekend too.

  13. How lucky you are, wish it was on mine.

    Your on, I have been thinking of coming home next year sometime, will have to manifest its reality :)