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

Saturday, 12 October 2013

After the wind.

Almost didn't bother with this post today.

Yesterday was very windy, and during the night, heavy rain.
Heavier than a Black Sabbath concert.
Ideal for some migrant action maybe? Nah, not here. It's the weekend, and that means boats and joggers.

The rain had stopped by the time I started walking round, so that was a small bonus.
Lots of Cormorants around today; lots. I don't do counting very often, and I didn't today, but there were a few about.
Still quite a few Jay's too.

Two Kingfishers were a good highlight this morning. I managed some distant pictures of one of them.

Pretty poor, but a long way off.

Up on the wall of the dam, a pair of Grey Wagtails, and for contrast, round by the pub, a few Pied Wagtails.

Some Tufted Duck on the south lake, and the Shoveler had re-located to the safety of the far end of the south lake, along with a Gadwall.

A few overhead Fieldfares, and that was today.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
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)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  33


  1. I hope you're feeling a bit more comfortable now Keith?

    Amazing to see all those Cormorants, I bet the fishermen won't be very impressed?

    Nice to see the Kingfisher, I'm sure one day it'll come and pose up close for

    It's a shame but I guess there's not much hope of anything special dropping in, or staying long, with all those bloody boats and the joggers plodding around? We can always live in hope though...[;o)

  2. Much better now the wind has passed Trevor.
    I think the last couple of days has produced some of the highest numbers of Cormorants around here for a while. The Kingfisher still eludes me, but if it was easy, it would be no fun ;-)

  3. Hi Keith...Nice to see the lake and what is about there!! that's a large group of Cormorants, a fisherman's nightmare !!
    Something about the Kingfisher always makes me smile, don't know why, just does!!
    They get real chatty at the bridge when I'm there, but I have given up on getting a good shot of them, but I try all the same ; ) !!
    My Mom used to say about bike rider that they peddle there legs of to give there ass a ride, so I suppose these boater could be paddling there arms of to give there ass a ride!! LOL ; )

    Hugs my friend

  4. Wise words from your mum Grace lol
    I enjoyed seeing so many Cormorants today, but like you say, I doubt the fishermen see it like that. :-)

  5. Wow, you caught a beautiful Kingfisher. I am terribly unlucky with them.

  6. Thanks Bob. I find them challenging too.

  7. It could have been a whole lot worse Keith. Soon there will be no fish left in the lake.
    Great to see the Kingfishers.

  8. I guess there must be a plentiful supply of fish for so many Cormorants to be fishing there.

  9. i do not like strong a rare sight kingfisher standing still

  10. Adrian, there are thousands of fish in this lake, from tiny fry up to huge monsters too big for the Cormorants.
    Still the local fishermen complain though. I have no sympathy for them.

    John, there are plenty fish to go around for all. Herons and Grebes have their share, and soon they will be joined by the Goosanders. :-)

    Thanks Sondra. It's always hard work being out in a strong wind.
    I'm still trying for a decent Kingfisher picture.

  11. Not a bad collection considering the lousy weather Keith and I think we have more of that to come this week.

  12. Thanks Roy. There's usually plenty to see here.