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

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Red Crested Pochard

Dull and cloudy to start, few spots of rain here and there, and by the time we were headed home, the sun came out. Oh well.

Whisky had a great time today. He met a few dogs that he knows, and he wore himself out.

There were some good birds today too.

By the car park a Song Thrush was singing heartily, while down below a Redwing was foraging in the leaf litter.

In between a party of Long Tailed Tits were sweeping through the branches.

Under the road bridge, and on towards the north lake, and the gang of Mallards spotted me; so a quick feed for them, and we carried on.

We soon met up with Whisky's 'friends', so not many pictures or video for a while.

At the top end of the north lake, a Little Egret was along the side of the river, and a Little Grebe was swimming around amongst the Coots and Wigeon on the lake.

On towards the south lake, and I found my first Cowslip of the year pushing its way through the grass.

At the far end a Kingfisher, and after feeding the Robin, we made our way towards the car park.

And, there it was; a Red Crested Pochard.

Took a few pictures, and then as we almost reached the car park, the sun came out.

A quick look round the bushes opposite the car park, and we found this Robin happy to pose in the sunshine.

Great visit, as always.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
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)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Coal Tit (Periparus ater britannicus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  33


  1. Thanks Keith, I always enjoy your lake walks.

  2. The Red-crested was good find Keith. You went too early though as it was nice and sunny for the rest of the day.{:))

  3. Cheers Adrian. I should make the effort more often.

    Thanks Roy. I like to go early to miss the crowds, but like you say, the weather usually improves later in the day.

  4. Interesting to see a redwing on the deck, I normally come across them in the branches

  5. I think I was lucky to catch this one Simon.

  6. Great treat of this month, the Redwing, lovely catch.

  7. The second shot of the pochard is especially endearing.

  8. Thanks Bob. I know you like Redwings, very smart looking birds.

    Thank you Wilma. I managed quite a few shots of him. It was difficult just to pick a couple to post.

  9. It was nice that you found the RCP Keith, it's always good when something out of the ordinary turns up.
    I like the shot of the Redwing trying to blend in with the undergrowth and the puffed up Robin is a cracker...[;o)

  10. Cheers Trev. He's still there today, so he might stick around for a while.

  11. Hi Keith... So nice to hear, and see the birds there. Looks lovely to see some flowers coming into bloom, something we won't see for a bit here, but the weather here has been all over the place this winter so who knows :) The close-up of that ducks face gave me a laugh,nice!
    Whiskey is a handsome one, and a great companion for you, enjoy!

    Big Hugs


  12. Thank you Grace. Our weather here has been crazy too; very wet, windy and mild. Nature thinks spring has come early.
    Whisky really is great company, he goes everywhere with me.