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Monday, May 04, 2009

A morning at Hatfield Forest

If the weather had been nicer you may have got more than just another trip to the forest but the weather turned wet so I decided to have a relaxing afternoon at home.

Anyway the forest. On my last trip I reported some good news and bad news. The good was that it looked like we would have TWO pairs of terns and the bad being that it looked like one of the Grebe pairs had failed.

Well I have good and bad news again, the bad being that a Swan has taken up residence on one of the tern rafts (pity the National Trust did not make te raft Swan proof) and the good that there were two Grebes with young. I think one of the male grebes did a runner as on my last visit there were only three, although there were 4 today there was only one pair.

Anyway if you look closely....



Clearer here....


Some young Mallards



Greylag with chicks.









At the North West End of the lake a Buzzard was getting harrassed.






A tern with fish (not great photos)







Also Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Common and Lesser Whitethroat, Cuckoo, Great Spotted and Green Woodpecker, finches, tits and Tufty Ducks.

4 comments:

holdingmoments said...

Always good to see the little chicks and goslings Pete.
Good shots of the Buzzard. I always wonder why they don't turn round on their tormentors, and give them some of their own medicine.

Tricia said...

Great to get the buzzard shots, with detail. It's definitely that "aw" time of year with all the youngsters about!

Nice one with the tern and fish! Not something I see very often locally.

Little Brown Job said...

Great action shots of the Buzzard Pete.

oldcrow61 said...

Great shots. Love the little ones.