Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Saturday, 12 November 2011

A quiet Saturday.

Apart from the boats and joggers.

The north lake held the usual; Coots, Tufted Duck, Wigeon and a few Gadwall; and a few Herons.

The boats were out on the lake fairly early, which put most of the water birds up in the air; and the tree dwellers were being quite elusive. It wasn't going to be a good day.

As I made my way round the south lake, the sun was trying to burn through the low cloud. Maybe it would get better later.
At the far end, escaping the boat people, a group of Gadwall, Coots, and Black-headed Gulls were on the water, along with a couple of Little Grebe.

I quickly passed the rowing club, as more and more boats seemed to be spilling onto the water, and made my way towards the car park.
I stopped briefly to amuse myself photographing a group of gulls.

Always good to practice on these, especially if you've a crust of bread to throw around.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
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)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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 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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  33


  1. Great work!! Magnific shots and birdwatching!!

    Salut, Francesc

  2. Look at that your Saturday is almost over mine is just beginning...Lovely photos today Keith...I imagine it wont be many more weekends with the boats to bother..getting cold here!!

  3. Thank you for stopping by Francesc, and your comment.

    Thanks Sondra. Yea, I'll be glad to see the last of those boats lol

  4. Nice photos, especially the Grey Heron, really great.