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Friday, March 27, 2009

IT`S THERE TO SEE at 3mph

Quite amazing what there is to see ambling along at 3mph. Unlike speeding through the countryside in a car the slowness of a boat gives so much time to take in what`s around you. A Kingfisher in the 1st pic (click&enlarge) with his golden brown breast reflecting in the water.

The second pic i believe is a Sparrowhawk but being no twitcher i wait to be corrected.

The 3rd needs no description except "sweet"










Now our 4th pic shows the good old reliable Heron, nothing strange spotting him but just after i
took the pic i decided to moor up and sitting on the front deck with my cuppa the following morning i noticed a lot of activity in the trees back along the towpath. It turned out to be a Heronry spread over several trees. If you click the pics i have circled some but take my word for it there were 10/12 flights in and out of the nests but i`m no David Bailey so you can see the best of 8 pics i took.
I was pleased to moor here for the night as this is the first Heronry i have seen. Any other boaters passing the location is towpath side Hazelstrine Bridge96 on the Staffs&Worc canal but take a good zoom camera as the trees lay back from the canal.

6 comments:

Pip - nb Windsong said...

Hi Les
I assume it's a typo as the first picture is a Kingfisher not a Heron, although how you managed to get a photo of it is beyond me - I only ever catch a glimpse of blue flashing through the undergrowth, let alone manage to take a photo! Well done!!
Pip

Roger NB Windsong said...

Hi Les

That's an awfully small Heron in the first pic, looks more like a Kngfisher to me!!!!

All the best

Roger & Pip

Anonymous said...

Can see a kingfisher in the first picture but no Heron

I think you may need a trip to Specsavers Dad......

LES said...

PIP
Thankyou for your kind words yes it was a typo error my excuse being i was excited about the Heronry.

ROGER
Have you not heard of the King`Heron that can change it`s appearance at will!

Annon
As you refer to me as Dad i can now narrow down the hunt for you so Beware.

Anonymous said...

Smashing pics Les. Keep up the good work.
S

LES said...

Thanks annon, the camera is nothing special just a small digital but good enough for my inexperienced hands.

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs