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

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Two pairs of Kingfishers, and a dawn chorus.

The birds were in fine voice this morning. Singing bursting from every bush and tree top. And the sun shone.


I spent a good hour watching and filming the birds around the car park area; so much activity going on. I think a seat and a flask wouldn't go amiss here, so much to see.

I eventually made my way up to where the Kingfishers are, and spent more time just watching the activity and antics of this pair. The added bonus of sunlight certainly helped the cropped pictures.

The Grey Heron was in his usual spot, by the footpath;

but that means he constantly gets disturbed by the passing people and dogs.

A group of Goosander were swimming up at the top end of the lake, and as I passed the weir, another pair of Kingfishers, sitting in a tree, at the edge of the lake.
One had a fish and was bashing it on the branch, before eating it.

At the pub, a few Starlings, a couple of Pied Wagtails, and a group of grazing geese.

On towards the south lake, and a couple of singing Chiffchaff kept me company till I reached the far end.
A pair of Little Grebe, swimming in the usual spot, and a pair of Mute Swans were just enjoying the sun.

Down past the rowing club, around the houses, and then a quick look over on Cormorant island I found the Great Black-backed Gull, the nesting pair of Mute Swans, and the Oystercatchers.

Back at the car park, calling Chiffchaff, and an elusive Blackcap.
But a fly past from a Mallard, against the blue sky.


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)
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)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
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)
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  38


Last post for now, until I get back from Wales.


  1. Everyone is in fine voice, the weather looks wonderful and all that light gave today's photos a glow. Be safe and enjoy yourself!!

  2. Thanks Sondra. Off early in the morning. :-)

  3. The Kingfishers are brilliant, two of them, blow your head off, lol.

  4. Thanks Bob.
    It's good to see so many. :-)

  5. Fantastic to see your Kingfishers Keith.. I have my fingers crossed for a good year at the Sand Martin bank at Haydn's Pool... last year was the first time the birds bred there.
    They are due quite soon..

  6. Such lovely photos and i so enjoyed your morning stroll among the brirds.

  7. Listening to dawn and dusk choruses make walkies times very slow this time of year lol.
    Yesterday a local burglar alarm went off. In the evening a Blackbird had incorporated the sound in its repertoire.

  8. hi there - re your " arco post" monday night send me an email and we will definatley get back in touch our systems are available now

  9. Some nice shots there Keith - I like the dunnock especially.
    Hope you had a great trip to Wales.

  10. I'm very envious of those Kingfishers Keith! It must be lovely to just spend time watching them. Great to see the one in the tree eating the fish!

    The photo of the Swan is beautiful and also my pal the Heron :-)

    Lovely to hear the dawn chorus. I love the sound of birdsong at this time of year, really magical.

    Hope you're having a wonderful time in Wales!

  11. Thanks Andrew.
    Let's hope your Sand Martins are successful again.

    Thank you Susan. :-)

    Thanks John. A smart bird lol

    James, cheers.
    Not sure what you're meaning though.

    Thanks Marilyn.
    Yea, a great time. :-)

    Thanks Jan. The Kingfishers are great to watch.
    Wales was excellent :-)