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, 14 January 2012

Cameras were out today.

I saw at least half a dozen people out with their cameras this morning.

Sunshine, mist, and quite a thick frost, and cold with it; but it didn't stop the people out and about, enjoying the sunny weather. Joggers, dog walkers, stick walkers, (that strange breed that clip clops along with two metal poles), and the boats.

There were plenty of geese flying to and fro this morning.

The Mute Swans were not going to be left out either.

Or even the Mallards

As I made my way round the north lake, I stopped to feed a pair of Mallards that were determined to follow me, until I did feed them. It's that time of year, when I get my 'duck' followers.

On towards the bandstand, and the footbridge, to check on the Mute Swan that had got himself stuck behind an obstacle the last couple of days.
Yesterday I went back over the lake, to see if I could tempt him around the obstacle with some bread.

No luck though. All it achieved was an argument between him and a few Mallards that were intent on stealing his bread. Oh well, I tried.

This morning there was no sign of him; probably because the water near the obstacle had frozen.
I found him eventually, further round, just waking up; with another swan. Hopefully he'll get back on the main lake soon.

I carried on towards the top end, and saw someone with a tripod and camera, across the lake. It looked as though he was taking pictures of the boats, as they cut their way through the misty water.
And someone else that I recognised, at the top end.
Marilyn of  'travels with my camera'  

I eventually got to where she was taking pictures of the rising sun, and then we made our way towards the 'weir' end.
The usual Gadwall, Coots and Wigeon.........and the three Goosander from yesterday.

The two males, and the female.

We stopped and took a few pictures, and then I carried on towards the south lake; Marilyn heading towards a friends, for a warming cup of tea.

I passed another group of people, with their cameras, who had stopped to take some pictures of the pub, and each other.

Once under the road bridge, I was soon greeted by the Crows, who eventually got their reward; an apple core.

By now the sun was shining in a blue sky. A perfect morning, although the frost was still hanging onto the trees, and reeds.

I counted over twenty Mute Swans as I made my way to the far end, and stopped to take quite a few pictures, as they swam amongst the receding mist, and glow of the morning sun.

Once I reached the far end, a couple of Little Grebe were soon diving for cover, and the trees were full of Chaffinch, as they were searching for food.
A couple of Grey Heron sat like sentries on the buoys, seemingly oblivious to all the boats that were now out on the water.

A couple more people with cameras passed me, as I took the path past the rowing club.

Cormorants were flying high, and Great Crested Grebes were swimming in pairs. A couple of Mallard were busily mating, and a group of Coots were........fighting. No surprise there.

Finally back at the car park, and a quick look at the feeders.
A few Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, and Mallards picking up the fallen seed.

And at the footbridge, in the bushes, a pair of Bullfinch.

What a handsome male.

I had a great morning.

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)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
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)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
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)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  39


  1. Stunning pictures today. What a difference a bit of sunshine makes.
    The lone swan flying is perfect.

  2. Cheers Adrian. Had a great morning.
    Took loads of pictures. A bit of sun certainly makes a big difference.

  3. HI Keith...everything looks so pretty with the frost and the sunshine!
    Well that Swan sure is persistent..or just has no commom since..I know people who are smart but have no common since at all!!
    I so enjoyed the video's today and the photos are just fabulous!
    The pair of Swans are so wonderful to see them with there necks together : }
    Nice to hear you laugh to ; }

  4. Thanks Grace. I had a great morning.
    It was good to forget all life's problems; even if only for a few hours. :-)

  5. Excellent morning...excellent light...excellent stills...excellent a word...EXCELLENT!...[;o)

  6. Cheers Trevor.
    It was one of those days where it all came together. :-)

  7. You have got a really fabulous collection of images here Keith.

  8. Thanks Roy.
    It was a very productive and enjoyable morning.

  9. A wonderful post Keith... many thanks for sharing..

  10. That shot of the mallard with the light shining through the tips of its wings is very special, Keith. And the swan "menage a trois" is also lovely. We had a few moments of sunshine here and there today, but it is too cold for liquid water. :-( We did have a lot of action at our birdfeeders, which was nice to see from the warn comfort of our den. I enjoyed your outing.


  11. Thanks Andrew, it was a lovely morning in the sun.

    Thanks Wilma. It was lovely watching the swans. A lot of bonding going on with them at the moment.

  12. That sounds like a real lovely morning (despite all the people)!
    You def. got to see more than me (I was out yesterday too).
    Glad the daft Swan got out of that 'hole' he got himself in :)

  13. You got some great shots Keith -it was a special morning. My fave is the bull finch - stunning!

  14. This place never ceases to amaze me Nicole. Always something here to see.

    Thanks Marilyn. It certainly was a great morning.

  15. Great shot of the Bullfinch-brilliant color!! HOPE that swan gets outta that end of the lake...he didnt quite understand what you had in mind...
    OH the Gooseanders look Very spectacular today...the frost was as thick as snow..very pretty.
    WOW 25 mute swans--that is amazing.

  16. Thanks Sondra. The last couple of days the swan has still been there, but he has company now. He seems a bit happier, although I'm sure he'll get to the main lake eventually.