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

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Sun on the cygnets

After spending most of yesterday picking up my new car with Trevor, and driving up and down the motorway in the rain, it was good to get round the lake in some sunshine this morning.

A few juveniles were around by the footbridge, enjoying the early rays.

Blue Tit

And as I made my way towards the road bridge, the swans from Cormorant island were out with their five cygnets.
Over by the pub, the two Oystercatchers were busily searching for some breakfast, and a few Common Terns were flying around, and swooping down to the water.

The group of Canada Geese were grazing in their usual spot, on the way towards the dam, and overhead a large number of Swifts flying above the tree tops.

The Common Tern was still sat on her eggs; or maybe a chick or two?
Hopefully soon.

On to the south lake, and a few butterflies flying amongst the wildflowers down by the footbridge, over the river.

Marbled White.

Along the edge of the river, a female Mallard was with her lone duckling.

As I reached the palette 'hide', the female Mute Swan was swimming with her two cygnets.

Lovely to see them enjoying the sun, after all this heavy rain.
The real stars of the lake, for me, at the moment.

As I made my way towards the rowing club, a Blackbird was singing in a tree, being warmed by the sun.

Finally, opposite Cormorant island, a couple of House Martins flying overhead, and sat on the edge of the island, a pair of Tufted Duck.

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)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
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)
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)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
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  34


  1. Really jealous of the Marbled White, Keith. I seem to inhabit a Marbled-White-free zone :o(

  2. Smart new car Keith. It doesn't seem very long since the last one but maybe it's just a case of time flying :-)

    The swans and cygnets really are the stars of the lake and deserve to be. Lovely photo of the Marbled White.

    Such a shame to see the goose with no foot, it seems to cope fairly well though. Do you think it would have any problem launching itself into the air?

  3. Graeme, there are plenty here at the lake; north lake, just past the dam, and south lake, down by the footbridge over the river. Not as many as previous years, but still great to know there are some here.

    Thanks Jan. Nearly 3 years ago with the other car. This one 9 months old, but much bigger. Big enough to sleep in lol
    The one footed goose should be OK for launching into flight, once he's finished his moult. At the moment he keeps fairly close to the edge of the lake.

  4. Oh, the Marbled White is so adorned, and so are they beautiful.

  5. Enjoy your new toy!

    Lovely clear shot of the Marbled White. I don't think there are any of those in this neck of the woods.

    Was that a cloud of Mayfly near the swans?

  6. Thanks Bob. Yea, they do have lovely wing patterns.

    Thanks John. Yea, the new toy is getting some use :-)
    That cloud of insects near the swans were the regular flying buggers that bite. The lake is full of them at the moment, and I'm bitten alive every time I visit, despite wearing loads of insect repellent. :-(

  7. Nice to see that the cygnets are doing so well, real stars! And some butterflies at last? Cracking Marbled White shot.

    Now, on a nice morning like yesterday, what were you doing wasting time walking round the lake when you could have been polishing that new toy??[;o)

  8. Cheers Trevor. The sun certainly had the butterflies out on the wing.

    The rain is giving the toy a wash this morning. :-)