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Monday, 21 December 2009

The weekend

Well the weekend was pretty cold, and the snow still hung around, so I decided to keep local. Saturday was spent freezing at Willen Lake. I was freezing; I can only imagine how these poor Lapwing felt. I tried to catch them before they took to the air, but you can still see the frost on their backs.

The sun had just started its slow climb in the cold air, and as I turned the corner, just at the edge of the water, a Greylag Goose was busily having his morning wash and brush up.

The sun cast a beautiful golden glow on the water behind him, as his head popped up over the small dip at the edge. The blue snow is a different type of cast; forgot to adjust the white balance for the cold. Oh well.

This Heron was looking pretty fed up with it all.

His larder was frozen solid.

And this group of Greylag and Canada Geese, were just chilling, literally, in the weak sun.

So, onto Sunday, and even nearer home; Caldicote Lake. Just as cold though. (and I was just as forgetful)

Female Bullfinch grabbing what she can in the early morning sun.

Moving on round the lake, this young Herring Gull was contemplating breakfast.

And a group of Canada Geese flew in after grazing on a nearby field. Here’s just one.

As I moved round the lake, the sun was gaining in strength, but it didn’t seem very much warmer.

This Blue Tit kept high in the tree; nearer the sun.

Finally at the top end of the lake, a nice surprise.

A female Goosander. From left to right, 4 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Common Gulls, and the star.

Showing off her fine red head. The old man wasn’t quite so co-operative though.

Keeping his back to me. Strange how the light made his green head look purple.

And finally a Herring Gull, wondering what all the fuss is about.

Have a great week.


  1. Another good selection Keith, good to see you are out and about despite the weather keep up the good work, super blog and images

  2. ...I did the winter thing this weekend too, Keith! Dawn-to-dusk Christmas Bird Count in the snow...it was gorgeous but cold! Love your photo of the Bullfinch nipping at the seed--I love all the photos! You have a great week too!

  3. The heron might have been fed up but you've certainly turned it into a stunning photo. Good shot of the lapwing too. Frosty feathers is an image that is inspiring me...

  4. You have a beautiful lake, with the Goosander or two. And the Bullfinch was splendid. The two of them, Lapwings and Canada Goose, are very good flying photography.

  5. Catching up Keith, after a break. Love your new title picture. Merry Christmas.

  6. Hi Keith.
    Blue Tits showing of as is par for the course.
    I have yet to see a Goosander and hope I can rectify that very soon.
    The frozen water does give a different perspective to things. Not sure I like this cold weather now the joints are getting older.

  7. Hello Keith have a Merry Christmas and thank you for all the great pictures you have shared with us all this year.

    All our best from Julie and Keith.

  8. Its astonishing to see the frost on the backs of the Lapwing Keith. How do they survive the nights sometimes.
    Lovely bullfinch.

  9. Thanks for your comment Bob. Had another downfall of snow today, so I don’t think I’ll be getting out for a while at the moment. Have to delve into the archives again lol

    Kelly, thank you. Certainly cold for us, but we can get home to the warm eventually. I don’t know how these birds manage at times.

    Thanks Carol. Those frosty feathers really brought home how cold the evening must have been.

    Bob, thank you. I’m very lucky having those two lakes so close to home, with a great variety of birds.

    Thank you for your comment Emma. :)

    Trevor I know what you mean about the joints lol
    I’ll be glad when some spring sunshine comes.

    Thank you Keith, hope your Christmas is everything you want it to be.

    Roy, thank you. It was quite early when I got to where the Lapwings were; the sun had just come up, and they must have been in that spot all night with that covering of frost. It does make you wonder how they manage.

  10. Keith superb weather and better pictures. Blue snow excepted.Nearly impossible to correct this in camera as then the water would change colour. Try selecting the snow with the lasso tool rough as you like go to refine edge feather 90+. Click levels then take the white eyedropper and click on some snow that you want to be white. Cheers.

  11. Holdingmoments, what a great adventure, and such a beautiful collection of birds. BTW I dropped to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Lots, lots of happiness. Also I wanted to send warm thanks for being a good blogger friend. Anna :) PS if you get this as duplicate, I got some error, so here I am typing again, lol.

  12. Brilliant photos, thanks for sharing them with us. I like watching the birds in my garden, the blackbirds have been so busy jumpinging up at my honeysuckle to get the berries.

  13. Hi Keith,
    You are so lucky to see all these species even if it is cold!! This is just a gorgeous post!
    I also wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy new year. See you in 2010.

  14. Thanks for your comment, and tip Adrian. I’ll give that a go.

    Anna, thank you. And a very merry Christmas to you and your family.

    Sara, thank you for your comment.
    The garden birds provide such great entertainment; and best of all, it’s free.
    Have a great Christmas, and New Year.

    Thank you Chris. Have a good Christmas too, and a great 2010.

  15. All are simply wonderful shots, but those with the morning sun light stands out. Splendid. As usual, a delight.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for you and your family, Keith!

  16. I can see it has gone very cold in your habitat Keith!! I guess without winter we dont have spring so we have to take the cold with the warm...here birds are getting more scarce everyday--populations compared to 10 yrs ago are 1/2 maybe less! Your photos are great love the action of the flying goose and great find on the Goosander--If I dont get back have a wonderful Christmas and thank you for all the nice comments you have left under my "tree"!

  17. Great Blog Keith,fab collection.
    Happy Christmas and New Year,happy birding.

  18. Marius, thank you for your comment. I hope you and your family have a great Christmas too.

    Dixxe, thank you. Have a great Christmas too.
    I think the decline in bird numbers is pretty much the same the world over. Lots of various reasons; most, if not all are due to mankind.

    John, thank you for your comment. A merry Christmas to you both, and a great New Year.

  19. I really enjoy visiting your blog. thanks for sharing your gift. Merry Christmas and I am glad we have met this year.

  20. fab-u-lous!

    I adore the new header photo. :)

    Merry Christmas! Hugs from Texas!

  21. Hi Keith,
    Enjoyed going through your posts.Had missed quite a bit.Love your header!!!We have spotted a few Herring Gulls here.Enjoy your Christmas!!!

  22. Doreen, thank you for your comment.
    Have a great Christmas, and New Year.

    Jen, thank you. A very merry Christmas to you and Louis.

    Shantana, thank you. I always have trouble trying to ID gulls, so I treated myself to a new 'gull' book. Hopefully I'll get better at it next year lol
    Wishing you and your family a great Christmas.

  23. Lovely shots especially the first one.

  24. Thank you Jim.
    Best wishes to you and your family at Christmas.

  25. Keith..what a pure joy it has been to get to know you this year!! Not only are you amazing with a camera..but a sweet soul to boot!! Have a wonderful Christmas hon! Blessings, Sarah

  26. Beautiful bird photos! I wish you Merry Christmas and happy new year!

  27. Sarah, thank you for your very kind words.
    I hope you're having a really good Christmas with your family, and have a great New Year.

    Kozma, thank you for stopping by, and leaving a comment. I really enjoyed looking at your blog. A very merry Christmas to you too, and a great New Year.

  28. Amazing photos, the last one is my favorite... Merry Christmas and Happy New Year...!!!

  29. Thank you for stopping by and commenting Keriatti. Hope you're having a good Christmas, and best wishes for the New Year.