Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Walking With Snipe, Kingfishers & Goosander

I was off school at the end of last week with a bit of a nasty virus and then I wasn't well enough to go ringing with Peter or play footie at the weekend. So the weekend was a bit rubbish (apart from getting 6 Greenfinches in the garden).  I did catch up on loads of homework though.

Because I had missed out on birding at the weekend , yesterday me and dad decided to take a quick walk down at Winsford Flash. As soon as we got down to where the big flash actually starts I spotted this beautiful Kingfisher sat up perfectly on a stick, however the picture was through the trees.

I have only been to the flash a few times before. During this visit on the scrape there were 3 Snipe; the first time I have properly seen a wader there. And on the scrape and in fields there were at least 400 Canada Geese!!! The biggest flock I had ever seen this close to home. 

Mixed in with these geese were some birds that from a distance looked like divers however as I got them in the binoculars (and confirming an ID at home later I soon knew they were Goosanders) another great bird seen there.

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  1. love your kingfishers. glad you're feeling better.

  2. Nice bit of medicine there Finn. 6 greenfinches at the same time would good here, I'll see if I can match or better that while I'm off



  3. Well done on the KF image, Findlay. Always a treat to see.

  4. Oh that kingfisher is awesome!

  5. Good to hear you're better now Findlay; birding is the best medicine.
    Well done with the Kingfisher. That's a bird I always struggle to get a decent shot of.

  6. Lovely birds!
    Glad you are feeling much better
    Hope you are having a great day!
    Lea's Menagerie

  7. 11 goosanders in with the geese was a nice find and well done for spotting the snipe in the image one is nicely hidden, well done on the Kingfisher too. Glad you're feeling better.

  8. Glad you're feeling better Findlay, and what better way to aid your recovery than a spot of birding? You found some excellent birds and the Kingfisher posed for you perfectly, great shot, well done...[;o)

  9. Nice set of birds - any day with a kingfisher is a good day!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  10. Lovely birds to see Findlay and your pic of the Kingfisher is fantastic.

  11. Hi Findlay... Oh I love those Snipes, and the floating feathers, looks like some preening has been going on!!
    Wonderful to have a big group of Geese to see near home!! I usually only see large groups flying over the house in migration!!


  12. I don't think I've ever seen that many Goosander in one sitting, Findlay! I love the Kingfisher shot!

    I hope that you're feeling better soon.

    Best wishes - Richard

  13. I've never seen such a large flock of geese. I love your shot of the beautiful Kingfisher. Glad you're feeling better, Findlay.

  14. I lived in Winsford as a kid..... Know the flash well. Great find with the Goosander, very early? possible breeders? do you know

    1. I have only just started visiting the flash so I am not sure. I have been about 6 times now, but this was the first time I saw the Goosander