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

Friday, 18 November 2011

A quick visit

Just a dash round the north lake this morning; a vet appointment for Jim later.

The Great Northern Diver is still around, and it was good to get a few pictures in some sunlight.

Because they have such a dark eye, I was determined to capture a shot or two that had a catchlight in the eye.
I think I succeeded.

A Kingfisher was again up by the weir, but no pictures today. I was on the phone to the vet.

The adapted squirrel proof nut feeder is in place, so I'll have to see if it has worked tomorrow.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Northern Diver (Gavia immer)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
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)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  32


Update on Jim.

He's on some tablets, to try and help with his breathing. He's had a problem for a while now, but usually seems worse in the hot weather. Constantly panting, until he gets cooler.
If the tablets don't help, then it's a very complicated and expensive operation, which isn't guaranteed anyway.
Plus he's old like me; but his heart is stronger than mine.


  1. Excelent shot of the GND Keith.

    I reckon it's time you started taking bets on how long it'll take that squirell to get to his

    Best wishes to Jim...[;o)

  2. Great shot of the diver. A small brush and a dab of white solves the catch light problem.
    The (Mexican) squirrel should take at least twenty minutes to get at the nuts now.
    Hope Jim is okay.

  3. Hi Keith...It is a bugger getting old isn't it even for our animal friends ..hope the pills work for Jim!
    Good job on the eye of the his feather pattern!!
    I see the battle is on to a new level with reinforcements..hope it works! He may just move on to another!

    Wonder what the boaters will do this!!
    Have a good one!!

  4. I have to be honest that I am not much of a dog fan but I wish you will with Jim and his future. Our (my wifes) dog, a boxer named Gracy has brain cancer and is going downhill quite fast. She is only eight. My wife, sons and daughters in law are sad. Me too.

    Tomorrow, if the snow slows down, we are headed out to find some large Mule Deer Bucks to photograph!

  5. Thanks Trevor. Hopefully I've beaten the squirrel.......for now.

    Cheers Adrian. Yea, it's quite easy putting a catchlight in, but I wanted a natural one.
    Early days yet for Jim; the tablets will need a couple of days to kick in I suppose.

    Thanks Grace. Yea, sometimmes I wish I could go back 40 years lol

    Thanks Dale. Hope your wife's dog doesn't suffer too much. It's hard to see an animal in pain.
    You got snow? It's still fairly mild here.

  6. The Diver seems at home over there. I hope that Jim will be ok.

  7. Hi Keith, talking about snow, we got about 10 cm yesterday, and the temp is supposed to go down to -25C tonight. Nice to see that you have fairly warm temps in the UK.

  8. Bless Jim's heart.
    Sending many healing vibes and loving hugs your way, trust the tablets will work ♥

  9. oh so sorry to hear jim is under the weather....really hope the tablets help him to breath easier. Great shot of the Diver..

  10. That feeder is a highly technical piece of kit, has NASA heard about you Keith.{:)

  11. Thanks Bob.
    At the moment, Jim is fast asleep now, after waking me up at 4 a.m. lol

    Horst, I can't imagine temperatures that cold. Keep safe, and warm.

    Gemel, thank you. I hope the tablets mean he doesn't have to have an operation.

    Thanks Sondra. Jim's sleeping like a baby at the moment lol

    Cheers Roy. I hope this feeder stops him now. He's costing me a fortune in peanuts, and the price has gone up a heck of a lot.