Friday, May 10, 2013

Watermead surprise - 8 May 2013

We had walked, very slowly, most of the way round our usual short walk and seen nothing notable wildlife wise. Until we reached the "Hole in the Wall" hide, where we spotted a Greylag goose standing on a shallow spot in the middle of the lake. I liked the reflection.
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While we were there we spotted a movement in the bushes nearby and eventually got this picture of a Black Cap.

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Nothing else of note happened until we turned for the car park, out of the corner of my eye I saw a branch moving in a direction it shouldn't.

A moment later a Heron surprised us when he moved out along the branch and into view. As I stood there with my camera focussed on it, it started to stretch and shake its wings. It was looking right at me as if it were asking what I was looking at.

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Then after a good shake it shouted at me, at least that's what it appeared to be doing.

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A few minutes later it took off and flew close by before wheeling off into the trees.

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Back in the car park a squirrel watched Skipper intently until he was in the back of the car
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We threw some nuts and seeds down to attract him but he preferred to stay in the tree. However we had visits from several birds like this female Chaffinch, a male Chaffinch and a Robin (last two not shown).
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Then a greedy Blue Tit, who seemed to have a big appetite.

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The Great Tit did some fast fly-bys I assume he got some food but he was so fast I couldn't see. Then we noticed him in the bushes.

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All pictures taken on
Canon EOS 7d, with EF 100 - 400mm L series lens

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