Thursday, 7 October 2010

Bretton Update

It was the height of summer the last time I was at Bretton but today had a very welcome Autumn feel to it. The weather was perfect - sunshine, not a breath of wind and a seasonally cool 12 degrees centigrade when I arrived this morning. Not that it would have mattered if it had have been raining and blowing a gale as I'd taken the day off work so it was playtime!

I headed straight for the hide where I was pleased to see that the Little Grebes are still around. There was little else to photograph though...

...apart from this rather strange looking Mallard/Teal? I'm still not 100% sure but surely the beak it too short for a Mallard?

After leaving the hide I had a look at the spot on the lakeside where, during the spring/summer I'd had some good opportunities to photograph Kingfishers and Grey Wagtails. It was far too dark today though. The angle of the sun has changed and it has 'sunk' below the canopy of the trees. I'll have to wait a few months for the trees to shed their leaves before using that site again.

Its been ages since I'd seen the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at the far end of the lake so before heading for home I decided to have a wonder down there. I was only stood for about 10 minutes before this little fella arrived. Unlike their larger relatives these birds don't seem to keep still for longer than a second but I managed a few shots before she scarpered.


  1. Duck #2 is a Mandarin. Cute, aren't they? :)

  2. Thanks Gaina, I was wondering when someone would point that out ;-)

  3. Love watching the Dabchicks. Congrats on capturing the LSW. FAB.

  4. What lovely pics of the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, as of yet Ive never managed to see one. The Mandarin is a beauty isn't it. Linda

  5. Great Blog! I came over from The Shat Birder and really enjoy your photography. Some amazing shots esp the cormorant shown earlier - stunning! Hope to see more of them soon, all the best for 2011.