Down by the river..... again

Well, I was up earlyish, but the weather was persisting down so I got a bit despondent about having a day off cooped up (Mrs PB would say grumpy rather than despondent I expect) but then, lo and behold the weather cleared! The forecast was still "pants" so I didn't want to venture too far, so off I toddled to the river

Well, I was greeted by the results of the rain... this was the path I usually wander down... the swan is about 10 yards inland of where the bank normally is!

Unperturbed, I turned left along the bank, and went maybe 5 yards, and there was a clatter of wings behind me....

and Mr Swan did a lap of the field adjacent to where he started, and landed back where he started! (there seemed to be a lot of flying pictures today, it turns out)

Further along one of my favourites popped in to say hello


And then there was a surprisingly un-shy crow, I was within about 6 feet of it before it hopped away with elevenses

Almost immediately, round the bend came Mr Heron

Who landed here... (I took about 6 paces from where I had pictured the Crow)

I walked back along towards the flooded bit of path, and spotted a Black Headed Gull take off...

A fleeting whizz-by of a Kingie followed

Then it was Bigfoot's turn

And he landed waaaaaaaay up high...

There was a swan pair, neither of which was the solo flyer from earlier, nor are they the parents of the 8 youngsters, so I was curious, are swans territorial? Could there be a bit of a fracas later?

And as I was headed home, the Little Egret came to land and remind me it was a bit of a flooded day, as he and the 2 swans fished on the "path"!

  • a lovely variety of species and photos, looks a good place PB. I agree the weather has been totally "pants" recently lol having said that after a dull morning with specks of drizzle it is now bright sunshine although now running out of hours to dash out to one of the local reserves !


    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • Thanks Hazel :o)
    We've clouded over again here now :o( On the plus side, Mr Pheasant has returned and is looking resplendant
  • At least you made the best of the brightness while it lasted. Brilliant close-up of the crow.


    Nige   Flickr

  • Great photos PB, you have been having much more rain in your area than here, we are still getting plenty of sunshine inbetween small showers. The Kingfisher is spoilt for choice with all that area to fish, love the egret fishing on the path.

    Lot to learn

  • Thanks, PB, lovely photos. Please remind me, what river is that?

    Kind regards, 


  • Thanks all :o)

    Nige, I was really pleased how it came out too

    Gaynor, I was a bit concerned for a while as there are 2 KF's nesting in holes in the banks of the river, but I didn't see any sign of the birds until quite late in my walk, usually there are 2 or 3 fly-by's but only the one yesterday,

    Ann, it's the Stour at Blandford, in Dorset
  • Thanks, PB, lovely flooded river, but I hope the people locally have not been flooded.

    Kind regards, 


  • In reply to Gardenbirder:

    Not heard or seen anything about flooded properties here Ann, so I'm guessing was just the rivers' flood plain
  • I can understand your concern PB, always very dicey for the Kingfishers nesting as they do just above the river banks, hope those on the Stour stay safe.

    Lot to learn

  • Fabulous photos PH, and I love the photo of the crow with food in its beak, and that last one, looks like a little egret dwarfed by two swans..., 

    I know what you mean about getting despondent, I've not been able to get out because of the weather, and the one weekend that it's looking ok, I'm booked up, for indoor stuff!

    I think in our personal interests, Mrs  PB and Mrs PR should never meet, we'd be certified, or should that be crucified, by them.


    Flickr Peak Rambler