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My first Kingfisher pictures

From the aggressive Cormorants and the Little Egrets on to the third set of pictures from my visit to Titchfield Haven and a much smaller bird, the Kingfisher. While I’ve seen Kingfishers a number of times at the Kennet and Avon Canal near where I live, it was always during my morning runs/walks, so I never had a good enough camera with me. This time I obviously had my camera with the big telephoto lens. Unfortunately the Kingfishers I saw were fairly far away, making it difficult even with the big lens. Still, at least I managed to get something. The first two are from the Pumfrett Hide, where a Kingfisher sat on a pole before flying off to go fishing. The last three are from the Suffern Hide, where a Kingfisher first sat in the reeds before moving over to a dead tree overhanging the water.

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Little Egret at Titchfield Haven

Following on from the Cormorants having a disagreement the second set of pictures from my visit to Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve over the bank holiday weekend. This time a Little Egret, walking around and enjoying a meal of a fish. This might be the same bird or two birds, as there was a pair and with all the pictures I took I kind of lost track.

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Disagreeing Cormorants

On the Sunday of the August 2017 bank holiday weekend I decided to drive down to the coast and following a recommendation by a colleague visit Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve. From the various hides I spotted and photographed a number of birds, I’ll post various sets over the coming days. I’ll start with two Cormorants who had a bit of a disagreement if one could land next to another:

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Sunny August Sunday morning walk in West Berkshire

As I’m writing this it’s cloudy in West Berkshire, quite please that I went out for a sunny Sunday morning earlier today in the morning. I used a route I found last weekend, taking me north from Aldermaston to the outskirts of Beenham. Then turned west passing north of Douai Abbey to Kiff Green. Here I turned south and walked to Upper Woolhampton, from where I continued to Woolhampton. In Woolhampton I crossed the Kennet and Avon Canal, which I then followed along the towpath east back to Aldermaston Wharf. I saw a variety of things, here are some of them in a picture gallery (click on the pictures for the larger versions):

The map used for this walk was:

Sunny summer Sunday morning walk in West Berkshire

With some nice early morning sunshine and clouds forecasted for late morning and the afternoon I decided to head out for an early walk today. What was originally planned for a 1-2 hours stroll turned into a 3 hours walk as the sunshine held up longer than forecasted and I discovered a few footpaths I hadn’t used before. My route took me from Aldermaston Wharf via Mill Lane to Home Farm near Padworth College. I then followed the road south until the junction before backtracking to Upper Church Farm, where I took the footpath west towards Aldermaston. Reaching the road a short stretch along the road, then turning north again on the footpath towards Fisherman’s Lane. On Fisherman’s Lane back towards Padworth Mill. A short stretch on Mill Lane before taking the footpath over to Padworth Lock. Then back to Aldermaston Wharf along the Kennet and Avon Canal. A few impressions from my walk:

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