Saturday, 19 August 2017

Harold Park and Park Dam

Saturday 19th August a.m.
A cloudy morning with rain showers and a temperature of 13°C as I arrived at Harold Park.It was good to catch up with the pair of Mute Swans which still have seven Cygnets which have now acquired ring tags, I noted four of them (Red 629Y,631Y,633Y & 635Y).Others here were G.C.Grebe,Moorhen,Tufted Duck and Coots.
 Down the road at Park Dam it was good to see a G.C.Grebe with a chick, there were also three Little Grebes here.A Kingfisher appeared from the corner with the tree circled the water and headed back towards the corner.There was some commotion which was caused by a couple of Sparrowhawks which flew from the tree area high into the sky towards one of the Pylons.I headed towards the corner and was surprised to see the Kingfisher perched on the stone edging of the lake.I just managed one picture before it flew.There were 58 Canadas grazing in the nearby field, a couple of Sand Martins were flying low over the water, then a Common Sandpiper flew across the Lake to the stone edging but behind some plants.I tried to approach it but it was soon off back across the Lake, as I left my final bird was a Swift high up in the distance.
Mute Swan Cygnet

Mute Swan pair with seven Cygnets


Kingfisher on the move

Having a rest at the edge of the Lake

G.C.Grebe with chick

Park Dam 19/8/2017 (Spot the Common Sandpiper)

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