Little ‘uns!

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A great time of the year
for observing youngsters

Goslings out and about at Fairhaven Lake

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Goslings on the march

A couple of weeks later and growing up

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I’m growing up and so gorgeous!

Swan takes its cygnets
for a tour of the lake

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Showing off!

In the garden
a young blackbird
tweets for attention

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Hey Dad! Over here!

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Ok, so I’ll meet you half way

And shows off its airborne ability

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I can fly! How clever am I!

 

 

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Fairhaven Lake – Sea defence development

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It’s all a bit messy at the moment
The promenade from the end of
Granny’s Bay to Church Scar
is closed for the ongoing
sea defence project

Modern diggers
emulating prehistoric creatures
probing into the earth

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Goings on along the coast

The construction company
has deposited boulders on the shore
to provide a refuge for nesting birds

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Swan investigates

Upsidedown daffodils
at Fairhaven Lake

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Upsidedown daffodils – reflecting

It’ll all be worth it in the end …
in two years’ time …

 

 

 

 

 

Heads & Tails – Fairhaven Lake

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Fairhaven Lake

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Male mute swan

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Canada Goose

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Bottoms up

He’s looking resplendent
in his “aren’t I gorgeous” plumage.
She’s evidently not interested!

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Mrs and Mrs Tufted Duck

Little birds flit about in the scrub
Some quite easy to identify
(reed bunting,
linnet, robin, wren,
whitethroat)

Others (pipits, warblers)
are often too similar to differentiate

At a guess – a pipit of some sort?

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Pipit

 

Autumn Light

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Let there be light

Daylight

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Sunlight

Dusk

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Dusk

Sunset

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Setting sun

The sight and sound
of hundreds of geese
flying to and fro
across the Ribble estuary
is awesome

This gaggle hasn’t quite got
its formation act together

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Ringed plover, Dunlin, Tree sparrow

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I admire professional wildlife photographers
Every feather, every whisker pin sharp
My efforts are snapshots
Merely snapping a shot
Hoping it will be recognisable
I’m happy with today’s subjects!

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Ringed plovers and dunlin

 

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Dunlin & interloper

 

 

Fairhaven sand dunes

Tree sparrow

The one’s that didn’t materialise – a wheatear, a little brown mottled thing I couldn’t identify, linnets too far away and too fast to capture, and the scratchy tones of, possibly, a whitethroat skulking in the shrubbery that refused to show itself.  Another time maybe?

The other great find was this –  to add to my collection of beach treasures. It didn’t flinch an inch!

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Not wildlife. Just wild!