Saturday 29 April 2017

Harold Park and Park Dam

Saturday 29th April a.m.
A Dull morning making photography difficult but feeling mild with only a light breeze and a temperature of 8°C.
Harold Park
A relatively quiet visit with the usual Tufteds,Canadas and Coots on the water with a visit from two Herring Gulls on the water and a pair of Grey Wagtails giving me the run around, so no picture of them. A Mute Swan(Red Y222) was some what easier and a Collared Dove looked well amongst the Cherry blossom.
Collared Dove

Mute Swan

Herring Gull
Park Dam
Down the road a little there were Starlings carrying food with a good number in the field feeding, on the water were Coots,Canadas,Tufteds and three distant Gt Crested Grebes.Over the water were Swallows feeding, I decided to walk round the Lake and found a place to sit and hope the GC Grebes would come closer.Whilst here I spotted a distant Grey Wagtail and after a while my patience bore fruit as the three Grebes came close enough for a few pictures.Then I noticed some movement on the rocks under the dam wall, to my surprise and delight it was a Common Sandpiper, a first for me here.I started to move off with House Martins and Sand Martins joining the Swallows over the water and some moved to a nearby wire for me to plough through the wet grass for some pictures.After a slow start I had an enjoyable and productive morning, with the thrill of seeing the Common Sandpiper fresh in my mind as I drove home.
Common Sandpiper

GC Grebe


Sand Martin

House Martin

Return of the Hirundines

House Martin

Common Sandpiper at Park Dam 29/4/2017


  1. Lovely pics Nigel.
    Particularly like the Collared Dove and House Martin.
    Good going getting 3 different sp. Of hirundines - just local Swallow for me so far - and only a few about.

  2. pleased you spotted the Common Sandpiper at the dam Nigel, it's not the greatest hot spot for waders. Lovely to see the pictures, thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks John, I couldn't resist getting a picture of the Collared Dove in the Cherry blossom, it didn't want to play ball though.
    The Sandpiper was a great surprise Jamie, thanks for your comments.