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

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Black on White

Could be the title of a porn movie, but sorry if you're disappointed; it just refers to a Black Swan, and the first snow of the year here.

A very small portion of the north lake today, as it was incorporated with a much larger walk with Whisky this morning; but I felt it was worth a post, if only for the returning Black Swan.

No video today.

That's it.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)
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)
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  25


  1. I have only ever seen black swans in zoos. It must be a thrill to see one in the wild.

  2. There are a few that are successfully breeding now Adrian. All are escapees from private collections that have successfully survived over the years in the wild. The stuffy buggers that decide what are 'proper' birds and what are not, are apparently considering adding these beauties to the British List. Not before time.

  3. A welcome return, it must know a good place when it finds one?
    Nice 'Black and White' shot...[;o)

  4. Cheers Trev. Not sure how long it will stay, but a few people were feeding it when I was there, so it might stick around for a while.

  5. Well, I guess the black swan has to be approved to officially "immigrate" to count.

  6. Love the shot of black and white together, quite a contrast.

  7. Lovely seeing the Black Swan again.

  8. Wonder where the Black Swan has been Keith.

  9. your weather must have changed ours did too cold now...Lovely Swan!

  10. Thanks Wilma. Some of the 'rules' in the birding world seem very strange to me. :-)

    Thanks John. There was one male Mute Swan that was hell bent on bothering it most of the time; the rest just got on with it.

    Thanks Margaret, they're lovely birds.

    Roy, there is a larger lake not far from here, Willen. There is usually one or two there. Maybe he fancied a change of scenery.

    Sondra, temperature changed dramatically here the last few days. It's set to be more like winter for a while.