Time to venture out........

So after years of standing watching wildlife come and go in the garden and reading what all you lovely people writeand post about the great outdoors I thought it was about time to get on my boots , grab my camera and binoculars and jump in the car for a new adventure.....3 minute drive up the road to....yes its basically on my doorstep!

Sun was shining, carpark pretty busy but excited to see new things so I will need your help identifying what I saw ....

Looking up at the sky......a flock of???( sorry not  great pics)

plenty buzzards(I think) soaring around in the sunshine

Then hiding in the distance....(my other half said they look like kangeroos!)

Time to search the water......(looks like a fake duck to me )

Goldeneye I think!

Then a wander over to the river to hopefully see a kingfisher as I have never seen one but had no luck. 

Ended up taking lots of pics of this duck but no idea what it is...help please!

Back to dry land and some stunning scenery

Who knew there was life beyond my kitchen window. Can't wait to get back out to discover more of our wonderful world.

(Pardon the Scottish Accent)

  • Hello Linda and welcome from up in the very far north of Scotland in Caithness. Yes it is the same old thing, we have on our own doorstep or in our neck of the woods and hardly, if ever go there! I am glad you made the move, what a lovely looking reserve. As far as I will go in naming the birds, I would say Geese, Buzzard, lots of different ducks and I do know that is a lovely Goldfinch and not forgetting the young deer, (Kangaroo)! Someone will give you the proper id's hopefully. I hope you enjoy your new found hobby. There is nothing like getting out and about, even if you have to wrap up warm, and see the wildlife and all that there is on offer. Enjoy.

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  • Awe thanks. Heading back out first thing in the morning before storm Ciara greets us with her presence! Thanks for your reply.

    (Pardon the Scottish Accent)

  • Good to see reports from someone and somewhere new.
    As for ID's, your fake duck is a Teal (male). They are quite striking when the sun catches them. Your much-photographed duck is a Goosander (female). Look out for a male!
    Enjoy your new adventures.

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    Nige   Flickr

  • In reply to Nigel O:

    Thanks Nigel. Much appreciate your help with I.D.
    One has much to learn

    (Pardon the Scottish Accent)

  • Very nice pictures and very nice to have an RSPB site next door Linda.

    Jim

    My Pictures

  • Thanks James. Took me long enough to realise it!
    (Only been living here for 22 years!) I shall certainly be a regular visitor from now on.

    (Pardon the Scottish Accent)

  • I don't blame you its a 140 mile round trip for me at the moment :(

    Jim

    My Pictures

  • In reply to James:

    OMG!
    Oh I am very lucky

    (Pardon the Scottish Accent)

  • And I am going tomorrow so look out for the pictures I get and also from Hazel who is already up there at Leighton Moss :)

    Jim

    My Pictures

  • In reply to James:

    Very much looking forward to seeing them.
    Safe journey

    (Pardon the Scottish Accent)