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

Friday, 11 November 2011

Misty Friday

Another dull, grey morning, which was a shame photographically, as a couple of good opportunities this morning, spoilt by the crap light.

First spoilt opportunity was this young Great Crested Grebe, with a fish.

I watched him for some time as he seemed unsure of what to do with it. A couple of times he dived with it, resurfaced, and carried on juggling with it; until eventually he lost it.

Plenty of Tufted Duck on the north lake, with the Coot and Wigeon; and a quick flash of blue as a Kingfisher made a brief appearance up by the weir.

Onto the south lake, and the weather seemed to be getting worse. The mist was getting thicker, and light rain was in the air.

And second opportunity spoilt by the weather.
A pair of Mute Swans were dipping into the water with great precision. Synchronised dipping.
It wasn't until I watched the video later, it was clear that one was reaching over the neck of the other, as they both dipped down into the water. A shame I didn't film for longer, with hindsight.
Eventually they both rose up from the water, and began to form the classic heart shape.

Unfortunately I wasn't in the best position to capture it properly.

A lovely, tender moment to witness though.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Common Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
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)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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 Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
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)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
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. Great shots of the Swans. This weather has to break soon. It's barely got light here today.

  2. Hi Keith...The Swans photo's are just precious, quite amazing to watch how they interact!!
    The video in spite of the mist is nice to see, because it is real..just the way it is, and I enjoy being able to see just what it is like there since I will never get to see it in!!
    I see you have brought out the big guns "Huh" chilli powder..; }!
    If that doesn't work hmmmmm!! ; }
    Have you seen the Rats (as in varmits) around lately???..haven't heard much about them!!
    Loved the Lycra modeling shots! lol

    Hugs Grace

  3. Those Swan pictures are beautiful, well done Keith. And, the Grebe photo is a fantastic as well.

  4. Thanks Adrian.
    Hopefully some sun at the weekend.

    Thanks Grace. Yea, the rats are still about, around the footbridge. Lots of young ones too lol

    Thank you Bob. It was great watching the Swans.

  5. A lovely post Keith.. So many Cormorants what a lovely sight... and such a romantic end to your clip... Good luck in keeping the squirrels off the feeders.
    Have a nice weekend.

  6. Thanks Andrew. The swans were really showing some love there :-)
    Enjoy your weekend too.

  7. I loved watching the swans. They are so elegant in their love of each other. It's such a joy to watch. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Hooking It, thank you. They certainly make a wonderful couple. :-)