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

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Diver still here

A lot of rain last night, but still the mist is hanging around.

I walked the south lake first, for a change.

A quick glimpse of a Little Egret, as he flew from Cormorant island, stood briefly at the new shore, and then left.

A Kingfisher sat up by the rowing club; it seems to be a favourite haunt of his recently, and further along the path, a Heron was in his favourite spot.
A couple of Mistle Thrush sat high in the trees by the railway, and the scrape had attracted plenty of Black-headed Gulls.

A small group of Shoveler flew in, and settled out in the middle of the lake, and I noticed a couple of Teal too. Overhead quite a large group of Lapwing were heading south.

As I got under the road bridge, the Great Northern Diver, was fishing as best he could.

A little harassment now and then from a couple of Black-headed Gulls, and two low swoops by a Heron; but it didn't seem to put him off. I stood watching him for a good 30 minutes. So graceful when he dives.

The top end, by the weir, had the usual Wigeon and Gadwall, along with plenty of Coots.

At the footbridge, by the bandstand, a young Heron was slowly creeping along through the reeds.

He hadn't noticed me, but another Heron soon noticed him; and chased him away from the area.

By the time I'd got back to the road bridge again, there was no sign of the diver.

Maybe he'd moved further along towards the south lake.

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)
Common Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Northern Diver (Gavia immer)
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)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
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)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  40


  1. Hi Keith...My favorite part of the video was watching the Heron walking through the watching those guys, and also the photo of just the neck : }
    Don't complain about a bit of fog ..we are getting a snow,rain event tomorrow ..yuck!!
    You know if you don't take care of yourself , who will take of Jim..."just saying"okay ; }


  2. Keith, another damp and gloomy day...[:-( but you brightened it up with another great video and pics...[;o)

  3. The Great Northern Diver would have eaten the whole lake by now. Brilliant photos and the video.

  4. Nice to see a glimpse of the Kingfisher.
    Is your high BP catching lol. Had mine checked today - she said it was 'elevated'. To me it looked as though it had gone into orbit.

  5. There's some cracking photos in this post, Keith. I'm glad the diver is still about, as I was waiting for the queue to shrink before heading down to Caldecotte!

  6. Thanks Grace. I guess we'll have the snow soon then.
    I think me and Jim will go together lol

    Thanks Trevor. It was a good day today, despite the weather.

    Bob, you could be right. He's working his way round the whole lake.

    Sorry your blood pressure is following mine John. I blame the whisky lol

    Thanks Graeme. The way it's moving around at the moment, it could be anywhere. Under the road bridge, and by the pub seem to be good spots at the moment.

  7. A grand video, thanks for the Lapwings.