24 June 2013 On the Muddy Banks of No3 Bed

04th July 2013
As my wife had gone off somewhere for the day with her mother and sister I had a free last day of my holidays and visited Woolston Eyes in the morning and my hide in the afternoon; a full days wildlife and bird photography/watching, that’s not happened for some time.

The weather wasn’t bad overcast but with some sun breaking through, the light does make a massive difference to the quality of the photos.

There were plenty of birds on the water all the usual suspects, Mallards, Gadwall, Pochard, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Cormorant, Black-headed Gull and Lesser black-backed Gull, many of them with chicks.

Shelduck with Chicks

For once the Black-necked Grebes were just about within photographing distance particularly on the south pool and they had chicks so that was quite good.

Black-necked Grebe

My shot of the day was of a Lesser black-backed gull with some poor chick that it had snaffled!!

Lesser black-backed Gull

Lesser black-backed Gull

In the afternoon I went to my hide and it was a case of all the usual suspects, Dunnock,
Great Tit, Blue Tit, Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Robin quite a few of which were fledglings.
Only a stones throw form the hide were also a group of Mistle Thrush.

Mistle Thrush



Thanks for reading.



Photo comment By Mark O'Sullivan: Hi Andy, LOVED the goldfinch picture - it was beautifully composed and shot, in my opinion. The lesser black-backed photos were quite shocking! Well done in capturing the 'event'.

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