Last few pics from Leighton Moss - final morning

  • It never stopped raining all day, here, so I'm not surprised you didn't take the camera out. Maybe I should be surprised that your roly-poly Robin didn't have a little umbrella. Given the Autumn we're having, I'm sure it's only a matter of time before some animal evolves to have an umbrella and possibly matching wellies!!

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    Nige   Flickr

  • Your I-phone video is tempting me to look out for similar one, (i only use a very old fashioned phone, just able to txt and call, no internet etc.) That is a fabulous picture and sound of a very contented Robin. Hazy if you don't get a reply from the Council I would be tempted to wrap the jeans up and send them to the relevant office, along with the bill from M & S.

    Lot to learn

  • Thanks all, just packing the car for our journey back to Cheshire; first we will spend the morning on the reserve for a last chance to see any Beardies that may come out and say goodbye to Walter ! Didn't quite have the amount of rain yesterday as forecast but it remained pretty gloomy all day long and far too dismal for pics.
    @ Gaynor, I too was surprised at the quality of that quick video on the iPhone5 but it does the things I need like text mainly and the odd phone call so won't be changing it anytime soon.
    @ Nige, think we'll all be growing webbed feet if this keeps up; the robin was all puffed up 'cos it was getting pretty chilly by the time I took the clip and we were all beginning to shiver !
    One funny thing I should mention is that we were chatting with a very pleasant chap yesterday who I introduced to Walter and bank vole ! A little eccentric in dress code with bright yellow smiley tie, pink/red trousers and a stuffed squirrel toy hanging from his jacket but a very interesting and charming person to talk too and a knowledgeable birder. .You can google him as The Biking Birder and read his blog. I noticed he was wearing a green badge which I knew I recognised from somewhere; eventually he revealed it was the Extinction Rebellion badge lol I did mention the close encounter we had in London with the red dye - and we all laughed !!!
    Ok, onwards and upwards, catch ya later buddies.

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    Regards, Hazel 

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

  • Last part of this thread with our final visit to LM this morning before we headed for home.    The weather was lovely this morning with plenty of sunshine albeit with a chill in the air and for a couple of hours visit we did very well and were able to see the Bearded Tits who came to Causeway grit tray.     I got there around 8am once I'd left Mike to pack the car and follow on  !     I was the first one down to the grit tray and as you would expect nothing was there instantly so I pulled my fleece round me a little tighter and waited   !    Within ten minutes I heard a clicking sound a bit like a Wren makes although I knew it wasn't a Wren so scanned the bushes opposite with my bins.    Then I saw a buff coloured chest and grabbed the camera as I recognised this elusive little bird and time was of the essence  !!   It was on the shady side of the Causeway so had to lighten the photo slightly in post edit but you will know what it is ...…..

    within seconds it flitted to my side of the Causeway and although it was no more than two metres away from my feet it was hunkered down in the reeds and all you could see were the briefest of glimpses as it scuttled from reed to reed.     It was such a thrill to start the morning off at 08.10 with a Cetti's Warbler !

    Then it was show time for the Beardies …….   two pairs visited separately but only one female was ringed out of the four birds.    

    Well Mr Beardie …………..are you going to come out of hiding as you look like you are in jail  ?  

    Uncropped version ……………….

    cropped slightly ………..

    it was keen to show me both sides    lol 

    then it was Mrs Beardie's turn 

    a different female (ringed)  and wanting to show you her tail 

    Come on out of hiding beautiful bird ...…………….

    she had a look of surprise in this photo   !! 

    and her beau  - a different male to the first bird

    I missed my 3rd special species by 20 minutes -  there had been two Spoonbills right in front of the Allen hide but by the time we got back to the car and drove over there they had flown, however, can't grumble with only two or three hours to spare before heading on to the M6 south  and having been lucky enough to see a Cetti's and good views of the Beardies.        

    Thanks for viewing.  

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    Regards, Hazel 

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

  • So glad your trip finished on a positive note Hazel, after all the traumas!! And some superb pictures too
  • Great to get the Cetti's first thing - there was one flitting between the bushes by the grit trays when I did my Beardie run although I never managed a photo of it.
    The Beardies certainly showed well for you today and you got some excellent close-ups.

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    Nige   Flickr

  • What a treat to see your fabulous photos of the Beardies, you will be chuffed with those Hazy, the eye so clear on all of them, and lovely photo of the Cetti's Warbler too, something to make your break away worthwhile, albeit one bad day:-)

    Lot to learn

  • Fabulous photos, Hazel, thanks for posting! Good to hear you had an excellent last day with the Cetti's and several Beardies. Can't help but love those gorgeous and comical Beardies. You'll catch the Spoonbills on another visit, I expect.

    Kind regards, 

    Ann