Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Lakeside Colours.

Earlier this week I paid a visit to Wraysbury Gravel Pits which comprises a mosaic of open water, islands, grassland scrub and woodland within an area of former gravel extraction.
This was my initial view over Hythe Lagoon. Initially very little to be seen on the water but as I know from previous visits first impressions can always be deceptive. As I slowly walked along the pathway some wildlife came into view using the bins. Cormorants resting in the distant trees, a Grey Heron hidden in the reeds plus at least 50 Tufted Ducks, a few Mallard, Coot, Pochard and Shovellers resting way over on the far side. 
A little closer were Mute Swan, Black-headed Gulls and numerous Great Crested Grebes but contantly swimming well away from my side of the lagoon so distant shots only on this occasion.
When the sun broke through the waterside foliage showed its true colours by spreading its tints across the still waters.
There were plenty of autumnal colours lining my route to provide some interest plus sightings of Wren, Blue and Great Tits, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Blackbird, Jay, Magpie, the usual noisy Parakeets, Jackdaw, Crows, Dunnock and Kestrel.
In any event I will probably return later this year as this location regularly supports good numbers of Wigeon, Pochard, Goldeneye plus a few Goosanders and the Smew, one of my favorite wintering ducks.    FAB.

24 comments:

  1. wow you got smew!! I've seen it only once over here, cause it's rare... That was indeed a tick. Well you are still getting many more warblers than we do, even if we have some coming from everywhere nowadays, but in small numbers... You got very nice pictures and I love the autumn colors scrap! Beautiful!

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  2. Such a lovely walk. It looked like a crisp, clear day. A smew? What an interesting name. I shall have to look that one up! ~karen

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  3. Nice series again, Frank. I have never seen a Smew. I would like to see a photo of one!

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  4. Very pretty. :) Beautiful images once again.

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  5. It looks a great place Frank. Loads of potential; especially, like you say, with the winter ducks coming.

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  6. Hi Frank...Nice Fall images and good tribute to the changing of the season!!!
    Hoping all is well with you and the family!!!

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  7. I've been following for a little while and had to say how wonderful your work is!

    I was actually going to wait until you posted another Ringlet, since I found that such a beautiful and unique butterfly (in some kind of velvet and satin way). Then I realised that it's getting cold. What on earth do you do during the winter months?

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  8. BH Gulls are the sound of Winter for me. I just love them :).

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  9. looks like a great place for a local patch !

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  10. Lovely colours Frank. Look forward to photos of the wintering ducks.

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  11. Really beautiful autumn colourations there Frank, lovely series~

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  12. I love everything about fall. Beautiful images Frank. Carol

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  13. Hi Everyone. Glad you enjoyed the lakeside colours. The temperature continues to fall and soon the leaves will do the same. Strong winds bearing from the north will hopefully bring us some winter migrants to share before much longer.

    In response to some of your comments:

    Chris.I haven't seen any Smew since last winter but when I do I'll certainly let you know.

    Karen & Mona. If and when I manage a photo I'll certainly post it.

    Comment1. Thanks very much. What do I do in winter? Well, continue watching wildlife, of course and maybe catch up on that long list of chores!!

    Warren. It would be ideal if it was on the doorstep rather than 45 mins around the M25 on a good day!

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  14. Frank, while I am enjoying our month-long road trip through Maine, it's always wonderful to visit your blog and see beautiful nature shots. I'm sometimes running behind but enjoying all my visits.

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  15. Very interesting, thank you for sharing!

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  16. Looks like a wonderful place to spend the day, wonderful images, is the water higher than normal or is there usually no banks?

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  17. It looks and sounds like a very nice place to visit Frank. Lovely Autumnal photos too.

    A couple of years ago my husband saw a Smew on a small fishing lake about half a mile from us while walking the dog one lunchtime. I so wish I had been there!

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  18. Nice collection of birds and color Frank.I've had people try to point out distant Black-headed Gulls in Connecticut but never had a good look at one.

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  19. All gravel pits are great, especially the birds and photographers.

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  20. Hi Beatrice. No need to apologise, I'm also guilty of not keeping up daily with everyone.

    Hi Country Mouse Studio. The water level is normal and there are banks but not evident in the photos.

    Hi Jan. It's very close to Heathrow Airport and the M25 so providing you can accept the background noises it is a pleasant location for a stroll. Hopefully you'll get another chance to sight a Smew this winter.

    Hi Larry. Cheers. BHG's are very common here so we often tend to ignore them!!

    Hi Bob. Dead right.

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  21. Your mosaics are just stunning. I always have a feel of such serenity when viewing your shots. Just beautiful.

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  22. Soooo peaceful and wonderful!!

    Fantastic Nature Photography, Frank....!

    ciao ciao elvira

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  23. Hi Joanne. I'm delighted you are enjoying what the lens captures.

    Hi Elvira. Thank you very much.

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