For such a bright day, numbers of birds were low, but species wise there was plenty to see, however, the 45 species seen provided nothing new for the year or month list :-( The highlights of the 4 hour walk mainly occurred at the lakes, where 2 male and 2 female GOOSANDER were present, along with the feral BARNACLE GOOSE, 12 CANADA GEESE, a CORMORANT, a KINGFISHER, plus the COOT and MUTE SWAN pair and the usual sprinkling of MALLARD and MOORHEN.
|Barnacle Goose with its Canada Goose partner|
|At last a decent Goosander image|
|There was enough light for once, and one of the males came within 25 meters :-)|
|I particularly like the reflection of the bird on the water|
There were fewer birds around the fields and Greenhouse Grounds, but it was good to hear SKYLARKS singing over the Ashes Lane Field, and the LITTLE OWL gave views at its usual perch in the Greenhouse Copse. At least 6 MEADOW PIPITS were feeding in the grassy areas in the Greenhouse Grounds, where a few GOLDFINCH were seen in the Alder trees, with just one SISKIN. Only one PIED WAGTAIL was seen on the Greenhouse rooves, and the male KESTREL was hunting around the place. The only flyovers noted today were two BLACK HEADED GULLS and 4 HERRING GULLS, not a single Redwing or Fieldfare was seen all morning though.
All the photo's today were taken with a 100-400 'L' series cannon lens, which I have borrowed from a mate, I may purchase one if I feel it would enhance my photo's, i'll need some more practice with it to get a good comparison against my 150 - 500mm sigma lens, here's some more images I took this morning, I tried to get some extreme backgrounds to see how it handled the light, which it did well, although the images are not the best, that was down to my poor focusing, and lack of co-operation from the subjects!
|Dunnock. It's perch looks most in focus, my fault!|
|Wren. I got 4 images before it flew off, but I missed the 'catch light' in its eye.|
|Great Tit.The 100-400 lens did ok here, a bright white background complicated things|