Monday, February 25, 2008

Back to Mundane Matters

Took a bike ride along the north bank of the Nene east of Peterborough this lunchtime. I've always fancied Stanground Wash for a Cattle Egret. There are usually cattle on the damp grassland and the area is regularly used by herons. Who'd have thought one would have gone past my bedroom window first. It didn't stop me scanning optimistically as I rode down here today anyway.

The leucistic Egyptian Goose was again keeping some very bad company near the town bridge and irrevocably destroyed it's reputation by being among the first to react to a rustling bread bag. But if we can tick the Canada Geese then why not the Egyptian Goose. Still doesn't feel quite right though.

Further east the huge warehouse fire at Whittlesey came into view but the birds were limited to a couple of Redshank and a Green Sandpiper plus good flocks of Black-headed Gulls, Fieldfare and Starling. The Tawny Owl was in his usual tree back near Fitzwilliam Bridge.

Egyptian Goose and friends

Redshank Tringa totanus

Digiscoped with Canon Powershot A640 and Leica APO77 x20

Fire at Abbey Warehouse, Whittlesey

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