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

Monday, 27 May 2013


A Holiday Monday, sunny, and no video.

I wasn't going to bother with a post today, but despite a few people about in the sun, I did manage some pictures. There's a lot, I'll warn you now.

Undoubtedly the real stars at the moment are all the cygnets.

Everywhere you walk, there are proud parents,

and new life.

Lots of warblers warbling, (some visible, some not), and all the usual birds around.

At the top end of the north lake, the pair of swans that nested near the weir have lost one of their cygnets.

They now have four.

The geese are doing well with their goslings. On a day like this, the crowds of people with their kids, flocking to the pub, are eagerly feeding them bread. The geese are only too happy to relieve them of it.

On to the south lake, and a walk alongside the river, searching for any damsels and dragons.
Sadly nothing yet.

The wild flowers are doing well.

Ragged Robin



Germander Speedwell.

And of course, more swans and cygnets

Past the rowing club, and in the distance, an Oystercatcher.

He stood around for a while, and eventually flew over to Cormorant island.

I carried on towards the car park, enjoying the sun.

A Speckled Wood flew past, and settled long enough for a picture.

A piping sound caught my attention, and flying over to his mate was an Oystercatcher.

 Hopefully they'll successfully breed again; although not much sign yet.

A quick walk through the long grass by the car park;

A bee

A wasp

Scorpion Fly

A damselfly. I think, a Common Blue.

An enjoyable morning in the sun, in the company of nature.

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)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
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)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  36


  1. What can I say, every shot a winner. I love seeing the wild flowers and the cygnets are to die for. Margaret

  2. Superb shots I'm glad the sun shone on you.

  3. Thanks Margaret. Days like this make you feel good to be alive; almost.

    Thanks Adrian.
    I think the weather is set to change though.

  4. A lot of pictures, yes but, they all together makes a great photography, thanks Keith.

  5. HI Keith.. Super precious those little cygnets are : )
    Stunning plants in bloom love each and every one of those shot's!!
    I haven't seen any dragonflies, but I also had a big bumble bee in my post!!
    In the company of nature is the best place to be!!

  6. Thanks Bob. The camera finger was going mad today. :-)

    Thank you Grace. Yea, nature is the best company.

  7. Excellent series of images Keith.

    Springtime certainly looks beautiful when the sun shines!!...[;o)

  8. Looks like a beautiful day, we had rain all day Monday :( All the pictures are fantastic, but the cygnets have to be my favourite, way too cute.

  9. Thanks Trevor. It was a great morning in the sun.

    Thanks Heather. Yea, they certainly have the 'aaawwwww' factor. Lovely to see so many.

  10. A lovely collection of sunny photos Keith. Lovely to see all the youngsters and proud parents and the colourful wildflowers.

  11. The sun has been out here today Keith... I was stuck inside at work.
    Lovely images..

  12. a very successful breeding season at the lake I hope...Hope you are traveling Im missing your posts!

  13. Thanks Jan. A bit of sun makes a big difference.

    Thanks Andrew. Hope you're not working too hard. :-)

    Thanks Sondra. I've had a rest from blogger for a few days. Still out taking pictures though. I'll get round to a post soon. :-)

  14. You had an amazing day out. So many stunning images here. Flowers are so delicate.

  15. Thanks Lisa. Yea, my little piece of heaven. :-)