Often we don't have enough photos to create a full thread so thought I'd start an Odds & Sods thread where you may want to add a pic or two when you don't have enough for their own thread . Feel free to add your rogues gallery here !
I only had a couple of pics today, one a Treecreeper and the other a very hacked off looking Great Egret huddled against the reeds trying to keep warm !
Got to agree that early morning (not your early lol) is a lovely time to be outside and the lighting is beautiful for shots. Btw, in case Jim is reading this too, I've just booked three nights at Pine Lakes for £38pn in a studio room (no breakfast until you get to LM) - so if you jump on a train Alan you will have transport to/from the reserve between Sunday 22nd June and Thurs 26th June (inclusive)either by Jim or us ! Bargain price if you can get cheap train fare - We can eat at the pub each night too so no worries about eating, there is also a bar/restaurant at P.Lakes ;) post edit: you'll need a code to get the £38 price so let me know if you need it and I'll email it to you.
Alan W said:
Even blackbirds can have a bad hair day, or should that be a bad plumage day?
First mole I've ever seen, mid afternoon. I've been told the weather and hard ground is bringing them out, not sure if that's the case. Very nimble up the side of the country lane and after checking out lots of holes it finally disappeared in to one.
I have read about the poor parents looking a bit bedraggled when raising and feeding their young, but that poor fellow looks a poor soul!
Alan, Poor blackbird! What do you think is wrong with it?
Before I launch into today's photos, a quick heads up. If anyone is considering a visit to the Moor Green Lakes reserve (and possibly wandering down the south footpath to take a gander at Manor farm and Fleet Hill farm): beware that the MGLG car park will be closed between 16th July and 28th July. The car park is being renovated and extended.
Please do not park on the Lower Sandhurst road. It is narrow and we do like to keep the natives happy. Use the Horseshoe lake car park instead.
I saw all the usual suspects as I stomped along the north of what is left of Finch pond. Still getting used to the 800d, but loving it.
These four Egyptian geese caught me by surprise. They came winging over from Cormorant lake, heading over to Fleet hill farm.
Like an aircraft display team, we have the singleton keeping the crowd occupied while the main body re-group themselves. This one also came winging in from Cormorant lake.
One slight issue I have with the 800d is that the autofocus has a mind of its own. I'm never entirely sure what it is going to choose to focus on. So the Egyptian goose was always ever so slightly out of focus. Anyway it continued to wheel around.
It then made an ultra low level pass, ducking down the bank along the shore line of what little remains of Finch pond.
It then climbed a bit before winging its way through the channel between Finch pond and Cormorant lake. Perhaps the other four were running away from it.
Can you spot the Lapwings?
There they are.
For those who like Gulls and Terns.
Some took exception to me photographing them from 50 yards away. Quite the opposite of those we encountered in Torquay, who would happily walk up to you and nick your chips.
Finally, a successful brood, almost ready to be on their own.
What a beauty Alan, IWOOT lol
A lovely bird to photograph
until they get some sunshine on them lol.
lol, I got price wrong it's £33.60 not including railcard discount!!
I hope you added my senior railcard too LOL
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