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

Thursday, 9 July 2015


No video today .............. the sun shone, so I was going to concentrate on butterflies.

Whisky came too; after all, it was his walk.

A dog and a stick equals FUN!

North lake first, but round the car park, before we crossed the footbridge, plenty of song from a Garden Warbler. I saw at least three, and I'm guessing some were juveniles. Maybe a couple of families, judging by all the calling.

Under the road bridge and a large group of Greylag Geese and their young. Big young now, they're growing fast. Out on the water was an equally big group of Canada Geese, and a Kingfisher flashed low over the water, as he crossed to the other side.
Common Terns wheeling above, and above them, Swifts, screaming into the morning.

Past the bandstand, and the reeds were alive with the sound of Reed Warblers.
A group of Starlings on the grass, and a couple of House Sparrows in the bushes.

Up towards the wall of the dam, and I counted 27 Mute Swans.

On the wall itself, some juvenile Common Terns had taken a rest.

Juvenile Common Tern

It was still early, but the sun was shining, and I was hoping to see some butterflies in the long grass further along.

Marbled White

A few Meadow Browns were also beginning to come to life too.

Passing the weir, I could hear a Reed Warbler calling, and he soon climbed the reeds, and came into view.

By now we had also met a couple of other dogs on our travels, and Whisky had a great time playing.
It's good to see him getting on so well with other dogs.
And also, so far, walking quite happily off the lead.

On the grass in front of the pub, a family of Pied Wagtails were running to and fro', and more geese, lazily plucking at the grass.

Down by the rowing clubs jetty, the pair of Oystercatchers were just ........... being Oystercatchers.

One seemed bored after a while, and flew round, but soon landed back in the same place.

A Grey Heron came in to join them, and stood posing for a while.

The sun was getting warmer by now, as we went under the road bridge, and headed to the south lake.

A couple more dogs to greet, and play with, and then it was into the long grass in search of butterflies.

I wasn't disappointed.

My first Gatekeeper of the year, (although no picture), and lots of Meadow Brown.

A few Small Skipper

and a Shaded Broad-bar moth got in on the act too.

Rounding the far end of the lake, a Ringlet.

We made our way past a quiet rowing club, and out on the water was a Great Crested Grebe.

A couple more dogs to say hello to, and then we were almost back at the car.


Another butterfly to snap first.


A great mornings visit, and Whisky is now happily sleeping.


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)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
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)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
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)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
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. Well that was a lovely walk this morning and it almost felt like we were watching the video that you normall take. You certainly saw a good selection of lovely butterflies and that is a cracking image of the Reed Warbler. Lovely seeing the young Common Tern and I think the second image of Whiskey is my favourite today.

  2. Great shots of the Reed Warbler and a goodly selection of butterflies. I just hope Whiskey appreciates his education.

  3. Whisky is a beautiful young pup! What does he do while you are taking butterfly pictures?

  4. Thanks Margaret. We had a great time this morning, and the poor lad is still tired. :-)

    Thanks Adrian. I think Whisky does, he loves his outings; once we get there.

    Thank you Wilma. He's very good at the moment, he just sits and waits until I've finished, and we move on again.

  5. Now there's a thoughtful young dog...he's noticed his old master is having trouble keeping up and has 'fetched' him a walking stick!

    Lovely shots of the resting young Terns and the Reed Warbler.. (nice light) The stance of the Oystercatchers always looks to me like they've got 'the hump' about something.

    That seems to be a good area for butterflies, and I noticed when I was there, a good variety of moths too?...[;o)

  6. Hi Keith.... Your adorable new sidekick is just wonderful, and a better friend you can never have then a dog, faithful, and forgiving.

    I bet your walks are more enjoyable, and getting the perfect shot is not as important. ;}
    You have some great shots here though, always do.


  7. Someone to look after me in my old age Trev.
    There's a lot of moths in that area, mostly small brown ones.

    Thanks Grace. Yea he's a great friend. :-)