Thursday, 4 June 2009
Second half of Stourhead bird survey
After leaving the footpath (from my last post) I made my way down this lane towards the lake at Stourhead. There was plenty of bird song in the trees here, Winter Wren, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Dunnock, Blackbird, Song Thrush (who was trying to drown them all out!) and a Jay making a racket! At the bottom of this lane there is a swathe of conifers where I came across a small Grey Heron rookery. Too far away for any decent photographs, but I was chuffed to see them with chicks in.This is my route down to the lake area (seen in the distance there). This lake was teaming with waterbirds in the two winter survey walks I did, but today all I could manage were some Mallards and Canada Geese and the bird below....It was great to see this pair of Great Crested Grebes on the nest. This bird certainly goes into the 'definitely breeding' category for the bird atlas!When I looked at the photos on the computer, I noticed the weird change in the colour of the lake as I moved further around taking photos (from a distance). These are cropped quite a bit.Maybe Steve B from shooting my universe blog or anyone else could tell me why this happened? I'm guessing it's a photography phenomenon?Finally, I took this photo because I liked the red and orange together and because I took a photo of it back in the winter too. These are our old style telephone boxes and you don't see many of them about nowadays! (-: Maybe I'll have some different photos to take when I have to go and do this survey again in the next couple of weeks.