A bit of a cock up with the pictures today. I could have had some interesting shots, but somehow the settings got changed to monochrome through the morning, so that was that.
A week off work soon; think I need it.
Anyway, yesterday I spent a lot of time taking pictures of the Swifts and Martins that were flying over the lake. Here's one of the 'saved' results.
A couple of Sand Martins.
So, today. Despite the camera miss-hap, the morning consisted mainly of Swans and flowers.
A few Orchids around, and this rather special one.
A Bee Orchid
I'm going to have to go back, and get some more with the other camera.
A couple of Mute Swans were having a vicious fight on the north lake, which ended up in the reeds at the shore.
I'm afraid I broke the golden rule of wildlife photography...........I had to intervene, and break up the fight. If you watch the video, and hear the screams of one of the swans, I think you'll understand why I did what I did.
They both went off on their separate ways.
Plenty of calmer moments though, with cygnets and goslings around; and the pair of Oystercatchers were quite vocal this morning too.
Good to see the Common Gull still around, and the brief spells of sun brought out a few damselflies.
Shame about the strong wind though.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 33