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

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Common Terns have two chicks

Another sunny day. It seems summer has finally arrived.

First bird this morning was a juvenile Green Woodpecker, strutting around the car park. A very quick bit of video, before he decided to take off. Unfortunately the camera was in the boot, so no pictures.

As the sun came up, there was some beautiful light.

This doesn't really do justice to the lovely light first thing.

Plenty of birds singing in the morning, and even a pair of Great Crested Grebes renewing their love, with some head waggling.

Up at the boat, at the top end of the north lake, the stars for today.

Two Common Tern chicks. The two parents were busily protecting them, while they enjoyed some morning sun. I hope these little ones make it. I suspect it's going to be tough though, as one of the adults is already chasing off any Lesser Black-backed Gulls that stray too close.

On to the south lake, and Reed Warbler was singing his little song, out in the open.

Difficult to get a picture with some detail though, as I was shooting into the sun.

The young cygnets were all out with their respective parents, along with the boats, and the naughty fishermen that don't know where they can fish; or claim to not understand when you tell them.

Finally back at Cormorant island, a Little Egret was sunning himself.

Another enjoyable visit.

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)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Hobby [sp] (Falco subbuteo)
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)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
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


  1. Hi Keith, I've just caught up with yesterday's video and thoroughly enjoyed it. So good to have really nice weather for your visit for a change! Lovely to see all the cygnets enjoying the sunshine too.

    On today's visit it was great to see the Common Terns. I have been full of admiration for mum over the past few weeks! I began to think it was never going to happen but at last patience has been rewarded. I do hope it all goes well now, it would be such a shame if anything happened after all the hard work this year but they are in such an exposed position!

  2. That is great news about the Terns Keith and you got a good shot of the L/Egret

  3. The bright reflections on the water look great...I really hope those tern chicks make it, they are so exposed in that wide open boat..the reed warbler was in fine voice today..Im sure the fisherman is very aware of the rules he is trying to skirt around them.

  4. Thanks Jan. The sun certainly makes a difference to a walk round here.
    I do hope the Tern chicks survive too. The first ones didn't, but the parents have had to put up with some terrible weather on their second attempt; they deserve to succeed.

    Thanks Roy. Yea, very pleased about the Tern chicks.

    Thanks Sondra. Yea, the boat is so exposed and open to all kinds of predators. As for the fisherman; well, some Eastern Europeans, especially the Poles, think a supposed lack of a language, and ignorance, is an excuse. A decent fisherman makes an effort to find out the rules first.

  5. Great shots .... and thanks for visiting!


  6. Thanks Irene, and thanks for the return visit.

  7. The lake was looking splendid in the sunshine this morning Keith.

    I do hope those Tern chicks make it, the parents deserve some luck just for their perseverance.

    Nice to see the Reed Warbler still giving it some...[;o)

  8. Cheers Trevor. Yea, finally the terns have got their chicks. I really hope they make it this time.

  9. Bummer, would have liked to see that little greenwoodpecker. The little tern chick was nice though.

  10. Never mind Debs, I'll try and get one another day. Plenty here. :-)

  11. Love them all. And video, you can't beat it.

  12. Thanks Bob, glad you enjoyed them.