Sunday, 16 November 2014

Damp Patch Birding.

The current weather pattern, windy, damp and heavily overcast skies, has not been conducive for photography during my recent patch walks. Most of the small birds have stayed in hiding so just a few images of the larger species seen on or around the pond.

Coot still collecting material to build up or repair the nest.
 
A couple of Cormorants called in for a few days and one spent some time trying to capture some warmth from the limited sunshine.

Earlier this month a male Northern Shoveler turned up on the Great Pond but typically kept a long way away from the lens. I subsequently spotted him with his mate who spent most of her time in hiding.

Eventually managed to capture him out of the water.

Mute Swans don't turn up on the patch very often so it was nice to see a pair drop in if only very briefly.

A single Black-headed Gull takes a rest from its aerial circuits around the pond.

Moorhen .... and it's time to dig out the wet weather gear!  Linking to I'D-Rather-B-Birdin'.

Wishing everyone a wonderful wildlife watching weekend, wherever you are.  FAB.

19 comments:

  1. Not bad considering the weather Frank.

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  2. great shots! love the coot and cormorants. :)

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  3. very nice rainy day images. stay dry.

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  4. Splendid shots, Frank. Have a great weekend too!

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  5. That first Cormorant image is my favorite. I have often felt that bird is very difficult to do it justice because it is so stark against blue water. The water color brings out all the beauty of that bird so much better. Beautiful. Carol

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  6. These shots are great and you are great not to let the weather beat you. Love the Cormorant shots and the lovely swans.

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  7. What's the saying?...It's lovely weather for ducks!!
    I like the shots of the Cormorant topping up it's tan!...[;o)

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  8. Amazing shots Frank. I really enjoyed the 7th. Great composition.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  9. Great to see some favorite birds on show,love the coot shot.
    John.

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  10. Nice variety! We have coots and cormorants and during the winter we get some gulls. I really like the gull shot!

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  11. Lovely photos of them all, and photo number three almost looks like he's walking on water! Almost that is!

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  12. Fabulous. Loved all the water bird photos you've taken and allowed us to view them. I do love watching the coots building a nest. I could spend hours just ogling at their comical ways of grabbing onto something 4 times larger than they are and yet, construct with such exceptional talent.

    Thank you for sharing your link at I'd Rather B Birdin' this weekend!!!

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  13. You had some beautiful friends to share with us this time. :) So pretty.

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  14. Lovely shots. I like the cormorants.

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  15. Wonderful birds! I like the cormorant drying its wings.

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  16. Still a nice collection of beauties to enjoy. I love to catch the Corms out of the water. They have the neatest feet.

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  17. That looks like a lot f activity t me Frank!!! One gull on the lake makes my day...:)JP

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  18. we have the same weather, but as there are no birds to photograph it does not matter really. Love your damp images. At least there are birds in them. :)

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  19. Awesome captures! I always think the cormorant in that pose looks like a statue...so pretty. You got a nice variety. Don't get too wet!

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