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

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Little Egrets and Grey Herons

A dull cloudy start to the morning.

Three Little Egrets over on the island this morning, and the juvenile Bullfinch on the footbridge. Seemed like a replay of yesterday.

The sound of geese filled the air, as a huge flock, or gaggle, flew overhead.
A wonderful sight and sound to start the day.

Further round the north lake, under the footbridge, stood the Heron.
As always, once I got nearer, he noisily flew off to the safety of the island, squawking all the way.

On my way towards the weir, I stopped dead in my tracks.
Ahead, a few feet away, peering at me from behind a row of shrubs was a fox. A stunning looking animal, looking in perfect health; a rich brick red coat.
We stared at each other for what seemed like ages. Neither of us could believe what we were staring at. Before I could reach for my camera, this handsome animal was off, running for the safety and cover of the trees.
What a great encounter.

At the gully, there was still the Great Crested Grebe swimming up and down;

and by the steps, a Grey Heron. The fishing must be good here.

a selection for Jan, because she like Herons.

As I got round the back of the pub, to make my way round the south lake, the sun had begun to put in an appearance, the clouds parting, to make way for blue sky.

I stopped by the footbridge that crosses the river, to see what birds were in amongst the bushes and brambles. Usually a good spot for assorted warblers; but today none to be seen.
A Brown Hawker dragonfly was patrolling over the bushes, and the Indian Balsam, for all its invasiveness, was looking splendid in the sunlight.

At the far end of the lake, very little about.
A Common Sandpiper flew over to the island, calling as he went, and a trio of Mallards were indulging in a spot of synchronised feeding.

The sun didn't last though. By the time I reached the rowing club, the cloud had rolled back in.

Passing the town houses, a dozen House Martins were circling overhead, feasting on the flying insects.

And back by Cormorant island, like yesterday, a Little Egret sat in the trees.


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)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  30


  1. The light was kind today. The mallards are a great shot.
    Can't get the video but will try later.

  2. Cheers Adrian. Yea, the Mallards looked really comical.

  3. Those geese flying overhead were great to see, and hear, Keith.

    I reckon you'll need 'cat cam' to help you get a picture of the wily Mr Fox!!

    What's the attraction with the gully? I can't believe that it supports that many fish!

    Cracking shot of the three D A's...[;o)

  4. you had a great walk a great fly over by the geese, and I can imagine the foxy encounter was an aweseome experience!! SO the Grebe is still in the gully...dang!

  5. Thanks Trevor. Yea, I love to see and hear the geese in full flight like that.
    The gully flows into the river, from the left; part of the sluice gate operation for the flooding. I guess most of the fish, although fairly small, come up from there.

    Sondra, flying geese and a fox, all in one morning. Perfect.