Monday, 9 January 2012


For some reason I've been rather lazy and lethargic for the start of the new year, especially in getting around to doing some new posts, I guess if I was a famous author I could say I'm suffering from 'writers block'!

However, I have managed to get out and visit a few local parks and lakes including...Tring Reservoirs where I was fortunate enough to see a couple of Common Snipe and a Jack Snipe (alas, too distant for photo's) and where the long staying Snow Bunting is still showing well...Stockgrove Country Park where a host of, well fed!, small birds can be seen at close quarters (photo's below) and I also saw, not one, but two Goldcrest bathing in a small puddle (sorry, NO photo's below, once they saw me they were gone!!)...Caldecotte Lake, on a pleasantly sunny day, where the highlight from amongst the forty different species noted was seeing three, well showing, Goosanders (a female with two males) I also had a pleasant chat, via mobile 'phone across the length of the lake, with Keith from Caldecottelake

A few images and a short video ( I'm still getting to grips with the editing!!) from my visit to Stockgrove Country Park.

Blue Tit

Coal Tit


Marsh Tit

Marsh Tit



Great Spotted Woodpecker


Roy said...

Stunning images Trevor, some really great shots all of them.

The Herald said...

Thank you Roy...[;o)

ADRIAN said...

Grand shots...It's turned out nice here today but I have the van in bits. I have looked all over for the difference between Marsh and Willow Tits.
One or the other has a grey stripe on it's wing.
I hate doing video but yours is fine.

grammie g said...

Hi Trevor..Your G.Spotted is a beauty and a busy fella as all woodpeckers are...more colorful then the ones I have here!
Wonderful shot of all the others ...the best one I have seen so far of the Jay!!
Hope all is well

Ruby said...

beautiful shots and great detail!

Bob Bushell said...

Absolutely beautiful, you would think that they were alive, oh woops, they are alive. Good photography.

The Herald said...

Thanks Adrian.

Marsh and Willow Tits were the same bird up until 1900 when some clever person decided that they weren't!

Apparently one of the more reliable ways to tell them apart is that the Marsh Tit has a white mark at the base of the upper mandible, (as per Birdwatch Magazine - March 2011) and clearly visible in my photos above, whereas the Willow Tit has a plain dark bill. Hope this helps!!

I hope the van isn't too ill and makes a full recovery soon!!...[;o)

Thanks Grace, The Great Spotted Woodpecker was a Gal!(no Red patch on the back of the head) and I wish she had stayed a bit longer around my side of the tree, I guess like all females she was a bit shy!!

Yeh, the Jay is a beautiful bird...[;o)

Thanks Ruby...[;o)

Thank Bob. Damn, I knew somebody would suss out my method one[;o)

holdingmoments said...

A lovely selection Trevor.
I need to get down there soon; even if they have upped the parking charges lol
That first Nuthatch is a cracking shot.

I've heard that there are no Willow Tits in Bedfordshire; makes it easier to ID I guess :-)

The Herald said...

Thanks Keith.

Stockgrove is now free to get just costs £2 to get out!!

Yeh, I think you're right, it sure makes it easier when there's only one 'type' to choose from!...[;o)

BlueShell said...

...and here I am again!
THIS exquisite, superb,fantastic...
That is the reason I feel i'm alive!

I Thank YOU!

The Herald said...

Thank you BlueShell, Glad you enjoyed...[;o)