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

Monday, 9 July 2012

The Young Ones

No, I don't mean Cliff.

I walked the north lake first, under some moody looking cloud. Not more rain, surely?

Round the car park were lots of juvenile Blue Tits and Great Tits chasing each other. It seems like a crèche here; so many different young birds at times.

A couple of Little Egrets flew overhead; I guess from Cormorant island. Too slow to get any shots or video though.

Up at the top end, by the dam, there was a group of Black-headed Gulls, and a female Mallard with her three ducklings. She usually sits on the dam wall, watching her charges as they swim below.

The Common Tern still sits on her eggs, and the Sedge Warbler still calls from the bushes. And up by the pub, one of the Oystercatchers was with a group of geese and Starlings.

The south lake had my Crows following for their apple core, and swimming out from the edge, a Great Crested Grebe with a small fish in her beak, was calling her young one for breakfast.

At the far end, quite a few Mallards were swimming around, but I've not seen the Little Grebes for a while now.

I watched a pair of Great Crested Grebes feeding their three young ones with small fish. Sadly most of the video didn't come out for some reason, but they were bringing up fish every time they dived. Excellent parents.

By the rowing club, a female Mallard was keeping a watchful eye on her three young ones, as they huddled together, and indulged in some mutual preening.

Close by was another female, with her young ones under the protection of her wing.

Definitely 'cute' moments.

And as I got near the car park, a few spots of rain.

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)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
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)
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)
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)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
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  39


  1. I don't know about the Young Ones I could do with a nice warm and sunny Summer

    Great shots of the Mallards. It's nice to see all those parenting skills being put to good effect around the lake at the moment...[;o)

  2. Me too Trevor.
    Yea, those Mallards were real stars. :-)

  3. I've been getting Blue and Great Tit juveniles visiting the feeders, often at the same time. All very matey - except when it comes to nest box ownership!

  4. The Mallards are the winners, pretty ducklings.

  5. I think they're a bit like humans John; when they get older, they become more territorial.

    Thanks Bob. They're maximum cuteness :-)

  6. awwww so cute and the mom with the duckies under her wing stole my heart immediately.
    Wondering how long the tern will be setting on her eggs? SEEMs like a long time already.
    Have a great Tuesday Keith!

  7. Thanks Sondra. Yea, those Mallard chicks ooze 'cute',
    Incubation for the Common Tern takes 20-23 days, and the young fledge after 28 days. They need to get a move on; a lot of flying to do soon.

  8. Very enjoyable Keith and I love the Mallard photos, beautiful captures! Nice to see the GCG youngsters and what a lot of geese there were!!

  9. Thanks Jan.
    I didn't visit today; had to go for a blood test. Waste of time lol

  10. The opening still is a real gem. Almost HDR. A great shot.

  11. Thanks Adrian.
    Nothing quite so elaborate though; just over exposed, then pulled back a bit.