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Friday, 3 August 2012

Black Tern, Kingfisher and Common Sandpiper

What a great morning; even the sun shone  for a little while.

Making my way round the north lake first, there were the usual Black-headed Gulls loafing around, Common Terns flying over the water, and high above, a few Swifts.

A nice surprise this morning, was the sight of a Kingfisher, as he flew across to the island. He sat in the trees for some time, bathed in the early morning sunlight.

He's the small orange dot in the centre of the picture. Not a good shot, but I was pleased to see it after all this time.

Up at the top end the Mute Swans were still gathered, and a few extra Coots, by the looks of things.
Passing the weir I heard the sound, and then a glimpse, of another Kingfisher, as he flew over into some trees.
As I made my way around the back, I had the video camera ready, anticipating his quick exit across the lake.

On to the south lake, and a few more Swifts overhead.
At the far end, one of the Grey Herons was in his favourite spots, fishing, and catching sunlight.

It wasn't long before he decided to move on though.

Shouting his disapproval at being disturbed.

Passing the offices, a group of juvenile Blackcaps were flying from tree to tree, and generally having fun in the sun.

Reaching the rowing club, I found the pair of Mute Swans, with their lone offspring.

They were being very protective, keeping a few Mallards well away, and eventually decided to go off for a swim. The little one hurrying along behind.

From one of the boat jetties a small bird flew across to the other side of the lake.
A Common Sandpiper.

As I carried on I started to watch the Common Terns as they noisily flew around.
One caught my eye, and stood out from the rest.

I watched him for some time, and taking a few pictures. I had an idea of what it was, but wanted to confirm by checking when I got back home.

A Black Tern
I'm pretty sure a juvenile.

A great morning once again.

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 Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Black Tern [sp] (Chlidonias niger)
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)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
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)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  34


  1. Hehe what a tubster that little swan with his tiny wings. Gonna get outdoors myself, finished half day. Have a goodweekend bud

  2. Everything's looking good around the lake at the moment Keith, lots of youngsters finding their way around and growing rapidly. The young GCGrebes were very patient waiting for their breakfast!! Nice to see the Kingfishers are still around and a great spot with the Black Tern...[;o)

    btw. you know that looking at the full moon for too long sends you mad!!

  3. A lovely morning, alas, not this afternoon. You caught Common Terns and the Blackcap immature, nice one Keith.

  4. Thanks Debs. He could certainly move quick too.
    Enjoy your weekend too. Hope the sun shines for you, so you can get out and enjoy it.

    Cheers Trevor. Yea, a howling good morning. :-)

    Thanks Bob.
    Yea, had a few showers here now.

  5. Superb Keith, a black turn and a swanlette. A great shot of the latter.
    Your photos won't enlarge...they go into the Google display mode. On my next post I will reproduce Mark's fix it for you.

  6. Cheers Adrian.
    Yea, my pictures are only 700px at the longest side, (I resize them before posting), so they won't get any bigger. The one's on my other blog, hm2, are posted larger.

  7. Hi Keith...Well It looks like "Swan Lake" the ballet as the tune flows through my mind!! lol !
    The one little cygnet is being well protected..didn't they have two!!
    You have to be quick for those Kingfisher... : } Great morning indeed! Hope your weekend is the same!!
    Hugs my friend!

  8. I think you are right about the juvunile Black Tern Keith.

  9. Thanks Grace. The swan families are all doing well, now that they've grown a bit. Yea, the single cygnet did have a brother or sister. The adult birds are very protective of it now.
    Enjoy your weekend too.

    Thanks Roy. Yea, it was a good find.

  10. ITS so sweet that the mallards recognize you by sight!!
    Nice to see the young ones growing up and the parents doing such a great job of feeding and defending them..
    Exciting to see the Kingfisher!!

  11. Sondra, it's a great feeling when the Mallards do that. :-)