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

Friday, 4 December 2015


Myself and Whisky had a very long walk around the lake today.

A four hour journey that was twofold.

Someone I've met when I've been walking the lake in the past, asked me if I could take some pictures of her for a project she has in mind. Of course I said I would, so 2 hours before we were due to meet, myself and Whisky decided we would go round the lake first, to see what was about.

All the usual suspects, and now 2 male Goosanders on the patch.

Both lakes completed, we then met up for our photography project, and walked the south lake again.

Nothing extra seen, but an enjoyable and different day.

No video today, but here's a Full list of birds seen.

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)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris britannica)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  32


  1. Wonderful birds, hoping to get s probably rather distant shot of one this winter on the local lake!

  2. uhhh that is tack sharp!! Awesome. Have a great weekend!

  3. sounds like a nice day. I bet Whisky had a great time being out that long.

  4. Thanks Simon. I hope you get to see some at your local lake. They are stunning birds when the sun catches them. Usually have a few stay here through the winter months.

    Thank you Margaret.

    Thanks Sondra.

    Wilma, he had a great time. Totally worn out when we got home, but a happy boy.

  5. Good to see the 'regulars' returning again Keith, and some sunshine too!
    Looks like you had an enjoyable, if tiring, few hours at the lake.....who slept for the longest when you got home?...[;o)

  6. Whisky slept first Trev, I had to get something to eat. I still feel tired now.

  7. It's nice to have an extra purpose and use for photography from time to time.

  8. Thanks John. Yea, it all turned out rather well.

  9. All is well that ends well. I usually manage to get three hours into a project then the rain pours down.

  10. That's a great picture of Goosander. Hope Whisky enjoyed seeing them :)

  11. Had far too much rain recently Adrian. I'll be glad when this year is over.

    Thanks Findlay. Whisky is very good with the birds, he doesn't chase after them; except for the Crows. He seems fascinated by them.

  12. Great day you had! And so many birds seen! I'm just so happy that we are connected with nature so tightly and can feel it. Thanks for your wonderful blog!
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  13. Thanks for stopping by Jane, and your comment :-)

  14. Beautiful Goosander image Keith.

  15. Thank you Bob. A brief moment of sunshine made all the difference.