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

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Daises, daises everywhere.

A beautiful sunny morning, and it made the flowers seem more vibrant than ever.

There might be an overload of pictures today; I got carried away.

Round the car park area, a Garden Warbler was singing for all he was worth. I think he was in competition with a Blackcap; both have similar songs, and I managed some video of both, to compare.

My pair of Mallards were under the road bridge, as usual, awaiting breakfast, and the Heron was in his usual spot, under the footbridge. There seemed to be hundreds of Reed Warblers, all calling from around the edge of the lake today; certainly hundreds of Swifts, flying overhead.

Up by the river, some cows had come down to the edge,  to soak up the warm sun.

The Common Terns seem happy on the boat, up at the top end of the north lake, and a pair of Mute Swans were content to chill out by the pub, with their five cygnets.

But the real attractions this morning, were the flowers; especially the Ox-eye Daisies.

And by the time I'd reached the south lake, the sunshine had brought out the insects.


 A Lacewing; I think.

 Hundreds of Damselflies. This one a male Common Blue.

Lots of Banded Demoiselle; this one a female.

 and this cracking Dragonfly; a Four-spot Chaser.

And of course, more flowers.

Ox-eye Daisy

 Red Clover

 Ragged Robin


 and Dog Rose.

I hunted for butterflies, but they were elusive. No sign of any, until I reached the car park, and finally captured one on video.

A cracking morning in the sun, and the last picture is of a Long Tailed Tit.

A group of juveniles were content to just hang around a bush, and feed off the many small insects flying around.


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)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
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)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
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)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  36


  1. Really liked your flowers today Keith, the buttercup pic is dreamy... Welcome home btw.

  2. Aahh, that's what we needed, a little bit of sunshine!

    Some beautiful images and scenes from the 'Caldecotte cast' today Keith...[;o)

  3. Glad to see you back m8 im glad you got that pic of a dragon fly i got the same one in furzton, saves me looking it up lol i you was gone time i got back from there so hopefully catch up soon . Lovely pics Keith :)

  4. Thank you Debs.
    There were so many flowers to see this morning. A lovely visit.

    Thanks Trevor. A great morning. Even heard two Cuckoos.

    Cheers Scott. I was out pretty early this morning lol

  5. We didn't have any sun, damn. I love the flowers and the dragons, really brilliant photography.

  6. The second shot of the Ox-eye daisy and the buttercup are very special Keith.

  7. oh the flowers and insects are very exciting!! I love the focus on these shots well done and Welcome back!!

  8. Thanks Bob.
    No sun here today, it's pouring with rain. I think we've had enough of it now.

    Thanks Roy. It was great to see such swathes of them in the sunlight.

    Thanks Sondra.
    Good to be back, in a way; but I do miss Wales :-)

  9. A lovely sunny, flower filled post, very cheering on a miserable, wet Monday. Beautiful photos Keith. The masses of Ox-eyes were a real picture. So nice to see some Odonata, it is strikingly absent here so far in all the usual places.

    Lovely to hear the birdsong too and to see the swan family. Most enjoyable!

  10. Thanks Jan. Certainly a very different day today. Makes me wonder how these insects manage on days like this.

  11. A wonderful post Keith... hoping summer will return up here soon.

  12. Thanks Andrew. Let's hope it hurries up. The longest day in 8 days; then we slide towards winter lol

  13. Intended grass rustles in Your photos today.
    Qunado it is left to grow without limits, nature offers an unlimited variety of flora and fauna.
    Thanks for the wonderful video and photographic walk.
    Beautiful macro.
    peaceful weekend Keith

  14. Thank you Niki.
    Hope your weekend is a good one too. :-)