After a stunning weekend weather wise (and a great moth trap last night) I was hoping today would be equally god as I was stuck at work from Friday so missed the sun, when I went out the sun was trying to break the clouds, however it failed miserably! it was really cold and horrible all day. So instead I looked for migrants (found one, more on that later) and attempted to catch a few flight shots, the dull sky I find helps this when trying over water as the diffused light is reflected back.
Birds in Flight
So on to the Migrant, well, as you would suspect it was a Chiffchaff, which I heard singing very briefly just by pooh stick bridge, however I am not 100% sure on the true identity, something sounded, well, odd, rather than the usual, chiff, chiff, chaff that I hear, this one had a weird whistle like wheet, so was more, chiffwheet Chiffwheet, but it sang only twice and I never saw it, I’ve had a listen to Siberian (tristris) and it sounds close but I know there are major issues with song identification on chiffchaffs so am happy just to say it was a chiffchaff and leave it at that.
Anyway, while watching the bushes the bird above had been in I was disturbed by a commotion behind me and the Canada Geese were getting all amorous and territorial so there was a lot of croaking and flying around the lake, this allowed me to start grabbing a few in flight photos.
|Amorous Canada Goose – Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes|
|Canada Goose in flight, Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes|
More Birds in Flight
|Black-Headed Gull in flight – Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes|
|Common Gull in flight, Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes|
I must admit that after this I was cold and fed up. It was not as nice a day as the weekend had been. So decided to head home and photograph the moths from the nights trappings, (added one below) and have a doze ready for my night shift.
|Early Grey (one of last nights catch)|