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

Sunday, 17 June 2012


A fairly quick visit this morning; a few things to get done.

Sunny, but still that persistent wind.

A walk round the north lake first, and up by the top end, amongst the long grass, still no butterflies, but plenty of Damselflies. Amongst them, this one,

Red-eyed Damselfly

By the weir, a regular Sedge Warbler calls every day. Today I managed a few pictures.

He was joined, close by, by a Heron, who sat preening and posing on the metal fence.

Up to the south lake, and a few Reed Warblers calling from the lake edge. A Kestrel hovered in the distance, over the river edge, and at the far end a Buzzard circled, and then suddenly dropped from the sky; presumably on lunch.

Onward past the rowing club, and towards the houses. And by the lake edge, a Pied Wagtail without a tail to wag.

He did look rather strange.

Eventually back by the car park, I found a pair of Coots, with three youngsters.

Their mother loves them.

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)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
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)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
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)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
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  38


  1. Good evening Keith...
    A small path, but meeting this morning for you.
    it is always nice to walk around the lake, aiming your clicks and movies..
    you must excuse my bad English.
    Translate with google...
    good Light..

  2. Thanks Niki.
    Your English is very good. I always understand you. :-)

  3. I really love that photo of the Sedge Warbler, it's so pretty!! My goodness, it was getting blown about well in the video though. Always a pleasure to see a Heron :-)

    You realise I shall worry about those ducklings all day now!

  4. Thanks Jan.
    Yea, those ducklings seem to be stuck there at the moment. They'll be quite safe though. I'll have to figure a way of getting that large piece of wood turned round to how it was before.

  5. Twas a bit on the breezy side there Keith.
    Young coots always look as they forgot to use the sun screen cream.

  6. Thanks John. Yea, they certainly look strange for a while.

  7. I love the Red-eyed Damselfly, it's a new one to me.

  8. Thanks Bob. There were a few here, all flying with the Common Blue's.

  9. Those baby Coots are sure ugl...CUTE, in a very awkward, but special way! ♥

  10. Thanks Wanda. They certainly grow up to be something quite different. lol