Saturday, 24 March 2012

A Cracking day

Decided to spent another Saturday with my mate Les over on the Isthmus, however I didn't expect to end up working my self !!. We knew at the start of the day that Les would be doing 2 launch runs on the lake, the first at 11-00 am and the second at 1-0pm. At 10-30 am Mike rang from shore side asking if Les would go across and take a party to Hawes End, this was the start of the work. A launch driver by law has to have 1 crew and as they were short on crew I was volunteered. (every little helps) so instead of 2 trips we ended up doing 7, on the plus side you get paid for birding, in effect.

The Lady Derwentwater heading in to Hawse End as we where coming out Pet driving it.

Greylag Goose coming into land, there are quite a few on the lake now, plus a few Canadas.

Is this your lucky day punk.

Always love the colours the male Mallard, but.....

Look at the wing bars on this female wing equally attractive.

And my mate Les at the wheel as we head back to Keswick landings. what a way to earn a shilling.
There was still a good number of Goosanders about and we saw a pair of Mergansers, quite a few Coot, 2 Cormorant and a couple of Lesser Black-backed Gulls. A very enjoyable day.


  1. Sounds like a fun day! That is a gorgeous boat!!

  2. Thank you for the comment Tammy, Yes apart from 1 boat they are all Timber built and are very old. they have 4 on the lake during the summer unless one has to be repaird for some reason.
    I'm continuing to enjoy your pics, and seeing the progress of the herons. Thanks again, Gordon.


A big thank you to everyone for looking in and leaving their comments, much appreciated, Gordon.