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

Monday, 21 April 2014


A thick fog this morning made it impossible to see anything out on the lake further than about 20 foot.

By the time I'd walked round, the sun had come out; and so had the people. Never mind.
The trees and bushes were alive with birdsong, and every batch of reed around the lake seemed to have the chuntering of Reed or Sedge Warblers.
I managed to spot both in the reeds near the car park, so a good start, despite the weather.

A quick look at Cormorant island revealed nothing but fog. Not even the island, so I set off round the north lake.

A small group of Mute Swans were quite close to the edge, so I managed a few pictures.

Further along the path I saw a Grey Squirrel, munching on what appeared to be the skull of something.

More calling from the reeds, and then I heard the unmistakable sound of the Cetti's Warbler.
A quick snatch of video before he disappeared into the gloom.

Onward towards the top end of the lake, and around to the gully.

A female Mallard has 5 ducklings stuck in the gully, with no way for them to escape.
She calls frantically to them, but they can only swim up and down, squeaking as they go. This noise of course, attracted the attention of one of the Grey Herons.
Ever the opportunist, he sat waiting for the right moment.
I doubt they will last long.

Up round to the pub, and a few of the Mallards spotted me through the fog, and came running for some seed. They do look comical, as they waddle along at full speed.

The south lake, and still gloomy; although the sun was by now visible, (just), through the fog.

A pair of Mallards were sweeping their way through the grass with their bills down by the path.

I think they were collecting the droplets of water, and the male kept an ever watchful eye over his mate.

On towards where the Robin hangs out to leave some seed, and by now the fog had almost cleared.

Past the rowing club, and over the other side of the lake, a Common Tern was swooping and diving over the water.

By the time I'd got back to the car park, the sun was out; and so were lots of people.
Time for me to go.

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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Cetti's Warbler [sp] (Cettia cetti)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  28


  1. A great video today Keith. The two Swans in the fog make for a beautiful image.

  2. Even in murky weather it's a good time of year for a dawn chorus.

  3. HI Keith I particularly like the first shots of the Swans in the mist. I watched the video and you certainly had a lot of fog that day but it was lovely that you saw so many Warblers

  4. Beautiful images of birds on your lake Keith.

  5. Gorgeous swan shot. Also - I like this font much better than the previous one. My aging eyes can read this one much easier. ;-)

  6. Thanks Adrian. Yea, not a bad day despite the weather.

    John, this morning it was pouring with rain, but still the Blackbird was singing heartily. Amazing.

    Thanks Margaret. The warblers are beginning to arrive in numbers now. Whitethroat and Garden Warbler to go. And the Swifts :-)

    Thanks Bob. Difficult conditions for pictures, but worth trying.

    Thank you Wilma. Yea, I like this font too. I put it on the other blogs. :-)

  7. Sorry Keith I've just caught up with this.
    Great video, you did well to spot all those birds in the gloom, and even better to find them in the viewfinder!
    Lovely first shot of the Swans...[;o)

  8. Hard going seeing anything that morning.

  9. Thats one way of testing your bird call recognition Keith.{:))

  10. Thanks Roy.
    Bit late with this reply to you, but been a tad busy. :-)