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Saturday, 7 April 2012

Just a spot of bird watching

grey heron gallery of birds I haven’t been anywhere or done anything worth writing about recently, but yesterday when I was crossing Cuddy Bridge on my way home from some shopping at the Co-op, I caught sight of a grey heron wading in the water below the bridge.  (This photo taken by Paul Gale.)  He was quite close so I stopped to watch as he stepped carefully, before hopping up onto a moss-covered rock near the riverbank.  He could have been an ornament, a statue, he stood so still – but a couple of yards further downstream there was movement. 

Flitting between another rock in the river and the bank I spotted a pair of grey wagtails. wagtail yophotographer We’re more used to seeing black, grey and white pied wagtails scurrying across a lawn or over a car park, wagging their long tails up and down when they stop every few feet.

(Photo by dejavue of Glasgow, on yophotographer.com

However, the grey wagtail is not seen so often especially as its preferred habitat is by water.   Of course having been shopping I didn’t have my camera with me. Grey wagtails have a fair amount of yellow on their undersides. grey wagtail wildlife-sound.org I love this photo by Gareth Thomas, as it is just as I saw one of them.  The other was at the edge of the water, making quick little circular flights as if it wanted to join its mate, but seemingly not able to land and flitting back to the bank.  I’ve only once seen grey wagtails before and that was many years ago in Galloway, southwest Scotland, were they were flitting to and fro across a pool below a waterfall.

So, not a long post today, but I did just want to share a moment!!!

Talk again soon.


Katrina said...

I don't think I've ever seen grey wagtails. I've photographed herons in the Water of Leith and never saw them move at all until the last time when one suddenly walked from the middle to the bank and waved its neck before pouncing on a vole or mouse. I thought they only ate fish! It gulped it down fast.

Evelyn/Ev/Evee said...

Wow! I didn't know they ate anything other than fish either! I'm always amused at the way they wade in the water with their beaks pointing to the front rather than down towards the water! They still seem to be able to see their catch that way!

Peggy Ann said...

I've never seen a grey wagtail, we probably don't have them here. Evee I just saw that Lady the old Osprey is home to breed again! http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/news/world-famous-osprey-returns-to-lowes/ 22nd year wow!

Evelyn/Ev/Evee said...

Amazing, isn't it, Peggy! I heard that mother osprey nay have laid an egg, but not sure if that's been confirmed.
I see there are three bald eagle chicks at your place. I was watching them earlier today!

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