Sunday, 9 September 2012

Being touristy

Skiddaw from Keswick launch landing stage.

Had a ride over to see my mate Les this morning, and as there is a dearth of bird life decided to play the tourist. So what follows is just a few tourist type photos.
     When I arrived Les was stood around  drinking coffee and chatting to the other  drivers before he took the 10-30 launch out.

Les on the landing, we took the right hand one out.

The sun was shining for a while and had it continued to do so all the rowing boats would be out on the water.

Looking South West, with more landings and Derwent Island in the background.

tourists beginning to arrive and do the usual touristy stuff, which includes feeding the ducks and geese.

I think he is trying to join google circles.

Looking South down the lake, with Cat bells on the right, then Robinson.

 And a more westerly panorama, and at this stage the sun had gone and didn't return, apart from a brief early evening spell before the rain set in.
Les at the controls, and our first drop-off and pic-up at Nickle End Marine

The Lady Margaret Rose heading back to Keswick.

A lone Cormorant sat on the dead branches, with Cat Bells in the back ground

Falcon crag on the right, and the tree covered Walla crag to the left.

And lastly Falcon crag on its own, well named as Peregrines regularly nest there
Well mini tour over hope you enjoyed it.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

A walk round the patch

They are well camouflaged, but there was 63 Lapwings by the old Thacka Flash this morning
I was quite a distance away and this was the best zoom I could get.
I went out with the westies first thing, then back home to do a few jobs, but the weather was too good to miss , so after removing all the dust from the camera and scope, I went out again covering the same area as earlier but this time without the Westies. I don't think I managed to get all the Lapwings in the picture and I know a few weeks back there was more about than this morning, but its nice to see they are coming back to the old roost.
           With the warmth of the sun it still felt like summer but there was definite signs of Autumn round the corner.
There is a good crop of berries beginning to show, all getting ready for our winter visitors.
They are going to be irresistible to our Scandinavian friends.

And all the thistle seed, just waiting for a breeze to help them on their way.

Green-veined White, but beginning to look a bit tatty.  

And on the main pool of the Thacka beck reserve, a juvenile Moorhen, one of a few about.