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

Wednesday, 25 April 2012


A very quick visit in the rain this morning, because the new video camera is due for delivery anytime after 7:30 a.m.

(update; it's just arrived ----------- but still raining)

A welcoming party of Mallards were waiting at the car park as I arrived. Three to begin with, and then more turned up.

A quick look for the Reed Warbler, and managed to glimpse him through the reeds, before setting off under the road bridge, and the north lake.

The pair of Mallards came running over when they saw me; how could I resist not feeding them?

On to the footbridge, and the Heron was sat fishing underneath. He soon left for a quick circuit round part of the lake, and then returned, once I'd left.
A Kingfisher flew past the island, and a couple of Common Terns were flying overhead.

Past some of the houses, and a couple of Mallard were sitting on the roof, admiring the view.

Along the edge of the river, another Heron was patiently stood in the rain.

On the metal fence, up by the weir, a female Mallard had perched herself there.

As I reached the weir, a female Mallard hurried past with three ducklings. The first I've seen this year.

She quickly took them off to the safety of bushes by the edge.
Only three. Maybe she's lost some already?

Past the pub, and the growing numbers of Starlings, over the road bridge, and back to the car park.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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 Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
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)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  31


  1. Shame about the RAIN Keith, I love the Heron. Hope your camcorder is alright?

  2. Cheers Bob. Still raining now.
    Video camera is the same as the one I've been using. I think I wore it out lol

  3. You will soon be needing to buy some portable video lighting lol. Nice to see the Mallard chicks, definately the start of the awwww season.

  4. Hi Keith...Did you say it is your birthday huh..well then "Happy Birthday" you old bugger you ; }
    Got yourself a birthday present to!! : }}
    I think those ducks like being up high so they can see you coming you suppose, they are pretty clever ..who knows!! Spring is a great time of year to try to hunt down bird calls, and ID them..
    You have a great rest to your day about 5 hours I will be having surgery lol..I get a new lens..hope it isn't a video one lol!!
    Big Birthday Hugs

  5. Thanks John. Yea, some light this morning would have been good :-)

    Thanks Grace. Yea, another year, but no wiser! lol
    All the best for your surgery today.

  6. Good morning Keith and a very Happy Birthday to you! What a great video, made me smile all the way through it, especially the three ducklings! Enjoy your new camera, can't wait to see more video.

  7. Forgot to say - Many Happy Returns.

  8. Thank you Wanda. Yea, those ducks really made my day. :-)

    Thanks John :-)

  9. Happy Birthday Keith, it could have done with being a tad better in the weather department though!

    Great video, those Mallard just get more commical, it must be something you feed

    I hope that new camera is charged up and ready for action?...[;o)

  10. Very many happy returns of the day Keith :-) :-)

    Not only do you have a new video camera for your birthday but your first Mallard ducklings too! I do hope those three survive, as I think you said, she probably had more to start with. I was thinking after seeing the Malllards on that puddle in yesterday's video, that on the day they eventually find a way of following you home they will be quite happy on your little garden pond :-)

  11. Cheers Trevor. Yup, all charged and ready to go lol

    Thanks Jan.
    It would be great to have a couple of ducks on the pond :-)

  12. Happy Birthday mate.. I hope you have had a wonderful day.
    Lovely to see the ducklings... I was dodging them this morning on my way into work.

  13. OH they're so cute come begging for seed...OH How exciting a new camera in the house!!!!

  14. Great photos Keith. Love the videos, glad you got your new camera. Can't wait to see all of those cute babies grow up.

  15. Thanks Andrew :-)

    Thank you Sondra :-)

    Thanks Horst :-)