Being restricted in the nature reserves I can reasonably go to at the moment, I decided to keep my hand in down at the local park a few days ago. Who cares if they are 'common' birds, it still feels nice to catch them doing their thing ... like a Black-headed Gull just drifting.
And I do like a Tuftie
That's as close to being a golden eye as a Goldeneye
A Great-crested Grebe was having no trouble picking up tiddlers for lunch and gulping them down ...
Gulls are another of my favs for just snapping when the light is right. This immature Lesser Black-back seems to have very dark wings for its age though.
They actually have quite expressive faces when they peer down at you
The low light catching the edge of the wing just makes this one pop
My little friend was back on the river and still not camera shy. In fact, one of a pair hunting together
I don't know why they are suddenly so calm and approachable.
Another Tuftie was doing his exercises.
Obviously, he was difficulty removing a stubborn stain because he spent a good 15 minutes continuously bathing and stretching and then starting all over again.
A Cormorant popped in ...
... but didn't hang around
Meanwhile, he's still at it ...
And finally, "have I got rid of that mark, yet? I daren't look anymore!"
Commoners!! A wish they were common doon ma park Nige 2nd last pic my favourite.
(Pardon the Scottish Accent)
Lot to learn
In reply to gaynorsl:
Thanks for the compliment, Gaynor.
gaynorsl said:has it blue eyes?
It's not they come as close to me as that either! But when you do get close to one you'll see they have striking bright green eyes.
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