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

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Windy Tuesday and a bit wet

I notice some of the talking got blown away on the video. It was windy.

The morning started promisingly; clear skies, an almost full moon, and light wind' and the Great Northern Diver.

Making my way round the north lake, there were the usual Coots and Tufted Duck. Quite a few Great Crested Grebes too. I counted eight in one spot, and plenty of others all around the lake.

A Green Woodpecker flew by, and settled in some trees across the river.

Up by the weir, plenty of Wigeon and Gadwall; and good to see the female Goosander still.

No fighting Herons today, a single Sparrowhawk flying overhead, and then a large group of Lapwing circling above.

By now the wind strength was increasing, and the skies were getting darker, as cloud began rolling in from the north.

It wasn't long before a double rainbow appeared, shortly followed by a hefty downpour. A decision; do I carry on round the south lake, or head home?

By the time I got under the road bridge, the rain had slowed down.
I carried on.

Halfway towards the bottom of the south lake, the skies opened again.
A brief deluge, then the sun began to show again. The wind had got stronger though, and had a real bite to it.

I watched a group of Black-headed Gulls on the new wader scrape, then carried on past the rowing club. Five Little Grebe were swimming around, but soon disappeared once I got along the footpath.

Back at the car park, a small group of Siskin sat chattering in the trees.

The bird feeders were busy, and as I went for one last look from under the road bridge, I noticed a pair of Bullfinches in the bushes.

An excellent morning, despite the rain.

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)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Great Northern Diver (Gavia immer)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
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)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
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)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  43


  1. Hi keith...Better than housework
    Well you sure got a variety of weather today, moon, sun, rain wind, snow is good lol!
    Wonderful video..I love the black and white birds ..I think you said Lapwings ...that was lovely!!
    Your photo's of the Green woodpecker and the Bullfinch..are "crackin" shots..( see I'm getting the hang of the language lol)


  2. Beautiful photos. And what a beautiful area, it is there, if you so much observing birds.

    Gr Cees

  3. Your still images were always good but there seems a definite improvement in contrast and colour.
    A vile day for a walk but I love the light when there are partial black clouds.
    I can watch Lapwing for ages. Wonderful they are in winter.
    If this weather keeps up you will have to get a throat mike.

  4. Much better Grace lol
    Yea, had a right mix of weather today. Blimey, you'll soon be talking like a cockney!

    Thanks ceesvg. It is a lovely lake to walk round, and always something to see.

    Thanks Adrian. I think it's the light; makes such a difference.
    Throat mike, or just talk louder lol

  5. Super video Keith, you certainly got the full set of weather this

    A great set of images as well, the Green Woodpecker is a stunner, beautiful light and colours...[;o)

  6. Thanks Trevor. Yea, just missing snow, for a full house lol
    The light was fantastic this morning.

  7. Hi Keith, the moral to this story is never say at the beginning of your walk, "Its quite a nice day".

    A nice flock of Lapwing, that is a rare sight.

  8. I love the Bullfinch and Green Woodpecker, they are superb.

  9. Cheers Roy, how very true with that moral. lol
    I've seen a large group of Lapwing fly over on a few occasions. Another local lake, Willen, has some good numbers. Maybe they fly there.

    Thanks Bob. They are both such wary birds at times.

  10. You got the wind in the morning, we got it in the evening. Love the shot of the Bullfinch.

  11. Cheers John. Today has been cold, but I've a lot to catch up on, so no visit today.

  12. So very beautiful. You really capture birds that are not seen . Love them all.