A few birds in the park

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!"

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Nige   Flickr

  • Fabulous photos as always esp. the dipper but that last one of the Tuftie is quite something

    Cin J

  • Blue skies? Sunshine?? You lucky lucky b******* lol Stupendous shots Nige, Love a Dinosaurmorant, and that grebe with the tiddler...stunning timing. Not gonna mention the dipper!!!! mutter mutter grumble grumble
  • Commoners!! A wish they were common doon ma park Nige
     2nd last pic my favourite. 

    (Pardon the Scottish Accent)

  • Hi Nigel, Lovely sharp photos, jealous of the dippers, love to see one never mind to photograph one.One day hopefully. Both photos of the cormorant really good, I like the one of the cormorant just about to fly off lovely detail in the wings. In a word brilliant.
  • Thanks all
    Everyone seems to like a different photo for different reasons - just goes to show, doesn't it!

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    Nige   Flickr

  • Never have been close enough to appreciate that beak on the Cormorant and the yellow around the beak and eye - has it blue eyes? Lovely photos, never mind common birds, you have a knack of making them just fabulous. Cheers Nigel for posting.

    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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    Nige   Flickr