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

Sunday, 22 April 2012


And I don't mean the weather.

As I stood gazing through the bins this morning, at the other side of the lake, I heard an almighty splash! Too big for a diving duck.
I put the bins down, and stared at the ripples in the water.
About twenty feet away, a head broke the surface of the water, and we both stared at each other for what seemed like an age; but the reality was just a second. Then the head dived. The brief second we stared at each other, was enough to recognise the 'head', as that of an Otter.
He resurfaced further out in the lake another half a dozen times in the hour I stood waiting for a picture. No picture, but a moment embedded in my mind.
The first time I've ever seen an Otter in the lake.

I eventually made my way round the north lake, and found the second Reed Warbler calling from the reeds past the bandstand. He's a difficult one to spot though.

A couple of Mallards seem to have taken a liking to sitting on the roofs of the houses.

 Must be a great view from up there.

A male Mute Swan was taking great delight in chasing away any young swan that dared to be in his line of sight. And very pleased with himself he looked, too.

Up by the pub, I could only find one Oystercatcher on the grass;

along with a group of Mallards and geese.

As I started walking the south lake, I could hear the sound of a Sedge Warbler, coming from some brambles.
He only gave me a quick glimpse though, before he dived for cover.

At the far end of the lake, the usual Warblers were warbling away, and a male Blackcap gave me some good views as he turned up at a bramble bush with some nesting material.

He later posed in some branches while he had a preening session.

By the bird pallets, four young Coots were swimming around, and being fed by mum and dad;

and six Tufted Duck were cruising the waters too.

Eventually, back at the car park, a quick look for the Reed Warbler, in the hope of getting a picture in the sunlight, a fly over by a Mute Swan,

and in front of the pub, some Mallards hurriedly making their way to a group of people dishing out some bread.

A great morning.

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)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
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)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  39


  1. A great morning you had, not for me, dark and dingy. You caught the Blackcap really well but, my fave is the Oystercatcher, it's the best.

  2. Wow! That's a great find! Well done. Needless to say I'm exceedingly envious. :o)

  3. Thanks Bob. A sunny morning here, and some great birds.

    Thanks Graeme. Just wished I could get a picture. I'm sure the fishermen will be pleased lol

  4. What a great sighting!! I saw some links concerning Otters recently and couldn't believe my eyes when one read 'Otters come back from the brink' and the next one 'Otter cull call to protect fish'!!!! Mad, some of these anglers are too full of their own importance I think!

    Lovely photos and enjoyable video again Keith. So nice to see the baby Coots :-) and the Blackcap photos are great.

  5. HI Keith...those Coot baby's are so darn cute ..nice to see the season of young begin!!
    The 3rd photo of the Blackcap looks like he is a bit peeved at you ; }
    Duck's on a roof is ridiculously funny ; } lol

  6. Great images Keith, especially the Blackcap. And a great find with the Otter, on a mission to get some pics now then?
    And where was that Sedge Warbler hiding yesterday, taking the p... or what?...[;o)

  7. Thanks Jan. They're such beautiful animals. I agree with you about the anglers.

    Thanks Grace. Yea, the first lot of 'babies' I've seen this year.

    Cheers Trevor. Pictures of the Otter would be good lol
    As for that Sedge Warbler........hmmm

  8. What a lovely chance encounter with the Otter.

  9. Wonderful to hear you have otters on your patch Keith.
    I have them here on he River Dane.
    Mike " Diaries of a Cheshire Wildlife Watcher" who lives close by (he showed me the badgers last year)has had some success capturing them with trail cameras.
    It must have been a wonderful moment.

  10. Im guessing more batteries are not available..I had to buy a new phone for the same reasons..
    LOVE the coot chicks so cute, and excellent snaps of the black cap..
    HOPE you get some images of that otter, how fun that will be to see. ON to a new week my friend!!

  11. That's quite the list you have there Keith. Love those Coot chicks in the video, I can't wait to start seeing all the fledglings in my yard this year. Last year I had Cardinals, Robins, Mockingbirds and an unknown! I am hoping to see all the above, along with three different Woodpeckers this year!

  12. Thanks John. Yea, first time I've seen one here, in all my visits.
    Definitely a right place/time job.

    Thanks Andrew. Yea, great to see the Otter, if only for a moment.

    Thanks Sondra. The problem with the batteries is, they only charge on the camera; and the camera is playing up lol
    Hopefully sorted by mid week. :-)

    Thanks Wanda. A lovely time of year, with all the new arrivals.

  13. Wow!. Otter Keith, that is something I have never seen.

  14. Thanks Roy, I was very pleased to see it.