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Friday, July 22, 2011

22nd July

There is still not much going on at the moment, but it won’t be long now. It is always good to be an optimist, it tends to make you look that bit harder.

Great crested Grebe: the pair that nested earlier in the year opposite the Bandstand have laid their third clutch. Clutch nos 2 didn’t last long, probably destroyed or deserted due to the pressure from the rowing boats. I do not hold up much hope for this attempt.

Little Grebe: the pair in the reed bed in area 2 have produced one chick.

Red crested Pochard: there have been a couple of late broods, though the majority of the ducklings have been picked off by gulls and Herons.

Common Tern: the juveniles haven’t been seen again, but up to 4 adults are sometimes present.

Swift: late evening and early morning see’s as many as 40 over trees bordering the lake, particularly area 2.

Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff: birds are still present in area 31 and 32.

Reed Warbler: there seems to be at least 6 birds in the Wetland Pen, others are in areas 2 and 5.

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one of they owlets came to see who had turned up in his area, it was a bit to close and dark under the trees.

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adult female Little Owl above and below

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The juvenile Kestrels can be found hunting for insects in the rough grassland in areas 34, 36 and 41.

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Common Tern

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Grey Heron on a park bench

Monday, July 18, 2011

18th July

A family of Common Terns spent the morning on the lake, with the juveniles being fed on the side of the lake by the Bandstand.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

15th July

It looks like today is going to be the last sunny day, so my last chance to take a few photos for a while.

Birds today were much the same as they have been for a while.

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The male was on the seen briefly this morning, he looks a smarter bird than his Mrs.

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A few Common Swifts pop in for a drink most mornings, I am sorry the shot below is a bit of crap photo.

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Juvenile Great crested Grebe going down

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Female Common Tern wants feeding, but in the end she goes fishing herself.

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Adult Chiffchaff in heavy moult

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The first Painted Lady Butterfly of the year

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Male Wasp Spider (above) and females (below)

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

14th July

Common Tern: pair present on lake.

Willow Warbler: one seem by Long Bridge at 7.30am moved to area 33 later.

Chiffchaff: at least eight birds in and around the Wetland Pen, several juveniles.

Blackcap: four in area 31.

Common Whitethroat: birds present in area 31.

The series of owl photos below show the differences when using two different set ups

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All the juveniles showed well early this morning, by mid morning the only one that I could see was on top of a Horse Chestnut tree. The three photos below were taken with my Nikon D5000 SLR with 300mm plus 1.4 converter.

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The photo below has not been cropped

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The next group of four were digiscoped using a coolpix P5100

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Kestrel stooping on insects in the long grass by area 34

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In the last few days there has been a few recently fledged Mistle Thrushes and Blackbirds. I also found a nest with almost ready to fledge Song Thrushes in.

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Blackcap (above) and Chiffchaff (below)

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These two Bees were flying around locked together. The first Wasp Spiders (below) of the year are now appearing.

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