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

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Bullfinch Bonanza

Cold frosty start to the day; and busy.

A big group of gulls on the roost this morning, but too dark to pick out anything special from the noisy throng.

Under the road bridge, and heading round the north lake, I was quickly met by a bunch of noisy Mallards. Feeding time.

Under the footbridge, the Grey Heron was in his usual spot, scooping up the smaller fish that the Cormorant party disperse. A small mixed tit flock was working its way through the bushes, and a distant Song Thrush was singing, as he staked out his winter territory.

A lot of geese on the lake this morning ............... and boats.

Up at the wall of the dam, the sun was beginning its climb up,

and some of the boats looked to be lining up for a race.

The arm at the back of the pub had a few Wigeon, Gadwall and Tufted, and the geese were noisily coming and going.

A marathon race was about to start too.

Towards the pub, and the Mallard gang caught me three times for some food.

They don't give in easily, following me round past the pub, and under the road bridge.
It must look quite a sight.

Down towards the bottom of the south lake, and a couple of Little Grebe were doing their best to avoid the boats; and my camera.

At the footbridge over the river, near the bottom of the south lake, a quick look through the bushes, and I found a couple of Bullfinches.

Always good to see these birds, but they were not co-operating much for pictures.

A small group of Fieldfare were chattering in the trees nearby ..... even more un co-operative.

Down to see the Robin, and leave him some food, and then I was soon making my way past the rowing club.

The marathon was in full swing by now, and plenty of boats up and down the lake.
Even some kayaks in and out of the bays, annoying the few Wigeon that had decided to stay.

It's a wonder there were any birds at all. 


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)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
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)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  34


  1. Lovely set of photos, Keith. You do a wonderful job using the morning light. Stay warm!

  2. The first shot is very special Keith.
    It was a bit crowded there.

  3. Perfect flight exposures. They have just the right amount of movement to make them interesting. A job well done, not that I am the one to judge, I get blurry heads as well..

  4. HI Keith, I guess the birds learn to put up with intrusions...thats an awesome Wigeon shot every feather in detail..and I like the image of the rowing boat at top...very nice capture!

  5. Thanks Wilma. Mornings are the best part of the day; especially a cold one.

    Cheers Roy. Yea, it's a very busy place at weekends, yet still manages to attract some good birds.

    Thanks Adrian. Sometimes I get it right; not always though.

    Thank you Sondra. Still waiting for that blood red sky though. :-)