Saturday, 28 November 2015

Creatures of the water...


Jim Dunkley's persistence paid off yesterday with a further visit to Market Harborough in an effort to see the Otters in the River Welland there. He struck gold with a fabulous animal that was fast-moving but still photogenic. Please see images below...

In the sometimes gloom of diminishing wildlife, it is wonderful to see that some creatures are able to take advantage of the unnatural world that we have created and there can be few things as uplifting as a lively, gorgeous 'charm' of Goldfinches. Sunflower hearts and niger seed tends to be the suspended food that brings them to garden feeders as suitably illustrated by Cathy Ryden (below). Like most creatures though aggression plays it's part, and the image shows a typical display of volatile interaction as they argue for the best perching post.

This morning I undertook another birding boat safari for the Wildlife Trust at Grafham Water, and we located good numbers of wildfowl which included three adult Bewick's Swans, Pintail, lots of Goldeneye and a group of five Goosanders. Three or four Kingfishers were noisy and the Little Egret count reached thirty or so.

Eleanor noticed a couple of Ravens at Staverton today and called in at Ravensthorpe Reservoir causeway and saw the Great White Egret and a Green Sandpiper.

Birds noted elsewhere included a single Brambling at Hanging Houghton and this afternoon Pitsford Reservoir provided a Great White Egret in the Holcot Bay, at least seven Little Egrets, two Shelduck were in the Scaldwell Bay and an adult Caspian Gull was present in the gull roost.


Neil M

Courtesy of Jim Dunkley


Courtesy of Cathy Ryden.

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