Tuesday, 24 July 2012

A bit of snow on a hot day....Snowy Owl at the Tropical Bird gardens, Desford, Leics.
The Macaws and Parrots looked stunning in the sun. This Blue and Gold Macaw sat on the top of an aviary eating a Walnut
Military Macaw
A very comical Cockatoo that would say 'Hello' to visitors and show off with flamboyant displays.
Sun Conures - beautiful but very noisy birds!

Monday, 23 July 2012

Oystercatchers standing at the top of a weir, Kedleston Park.
Adult and Immature Oystercatcher. This pair were disturbed from the bank by a dogwalker and flew to a Coots nest in the centre of the lake. The Immature has grey legs, a duller beak and no red eye-ring to distinguish it from the adult.
This group of Eclipse male/Immature? Mandarins swam out from the far side looking anxiously back at the bank. Then, two Mink appeared and weaved in and out of the bankside vegetation. The  nearby ducks followed from a safe distance.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Lesser Black-backed Gull with raincloud behind
.....and then came the rain.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Local residents - Jackdaw, House Sparrow and Blackbird.