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

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Goldeneye and Goosander

Cold and frosty, with some brief sunshine.

After topping up the feeders, I set off round the north lake.
The Mallards caught up with me as arrived at the road bridge, so a quick feed, and I made my getaway.
By now a few boats were out on the lake, so I wasn't expecting to see very much.
Certainly not a Goldeneye.

A lovely female, swimming with a few Tufted Ducks.

And just the other side of the footpath, a female Goosander.

Very little else, until I reached the top end. A Kingfisher flew out from his usual perch in the bushes, across the water, and settled in the distance.

Back under the road bridge, the Mallards caught up with me again, and as I made my way down the path to the south lake, the Crows turned up.

By now, the sun was trying to shine through, but some distant cloud soon rolled in and put an end to that.

Onto the bird hide, and the Robin was waiting. He'd flown down the path to meet me.
I tried to get him to take it from my hand, but he's just a little wary still.

Walking past the rowing club, a lone Pochard and very little else; but at least the sun had decided to shine again.

A sunny Mallard.

Past the houses, and soon back to the car park.

By now the sun had gone behind some dark cloud. Snow maybe?

 This Blue Tit didn't seem too bothered.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Goldeneye [sp] (Bucephala clangula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  35


  1. A good find is the Golden Eye. A year or more since I've seen one.

  2. Cheers Adrian.
    Not the best picture I've taken of one though. It was a bit distant and cloudy. That's my excuse anyway :-)

  3. A cold one this morning Keith? Nice to see the female Goldeneye and Goosander, Where have the males got to?
    It should be interesting to see what birds the imminent cold weather will bring in?...[;o)

  4. Yea, strange not to see any males about this morning.
    Be nice to see some Smew and Waxwings turn up. :-)

  5. Those Goldeneye are difficult to approach Keith. I did see a female this week, but couldn't get anywhere near it.

  6. The goosanders always seem so elegant. Great shot of the mallard in the sun; very cheerful.

  7. You're right Roy, they're pretty shy. One of our local lakes has quite a few there at the moment.

    Thanks Wilma. Yea, those Goosanders certainly know they're good looking.

  8. Like the Goosander the Goldeneye is a very elegant bird I think. That looked a very chilly walk Keith but plenty of interest there. I'm sure you will have that lovely little Robin in the palm of your hand before long :-)

  9. Thanks Jan. Yea, it was very cold this morning.
    I keep trying with the Robin, but he just looks at me with his head to one side lol