I had some leave to take before the end of the year, the old case of use it or lose it, so unsurprisingly I used it, and made a long overdue visit to Middleton Lakes.
It was cold, dry and some sunshine, the wildlife was generally quiet, but I guess they had more sense and aimed to keep out of the cold, unlike a few of us on the day.
Still, a few good photo opportunities came my way, and below is a small selection.
A lone mallard drake
Blue Tit feeding
You in my territory mate...
An imposing robin...
Great White Egret
Little & Large
Great White Egret (L) and Little Egret (R)
Dairy Longhorn Cattle
My guess, female reed bunting, but I'm happy to be corrected
Flickr Peak Rambler
A lovely set of photos Mike with a good selection of species.
"Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again"
Some nice close-ups of the little characters and nice to see both types of Egrets.
Your guess at a female Reed Bunting is right, but I think you probably made a mistake earlier - the one perched on the Reed is a male Stonechat (a male Reed Bunting would be in winter colours and I doubt it's head would be quite so black)
In reply to HAZY:
Thank you Hazel
In reply to Nigel O:
Thank you Nigel, and many thanks for the correction to the reed bunting, being a stonechat.
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