I set out this morning on one of the mildest November mornings I can remember for a long time. I though I was making the most of the unseasonal mild temperatures walking around in a thin fleece with my sleeves rolled up, when a guy appeared in shorts and wellies, I had to remind myself it's December tomorrow!
I was out before sunrise and even then it was mild. I decided to take a circular route starting at Tameside NR, taking in two lakes, two rivers and the canal. I took my scope, my phone, my binoculars and set off.
There were quite a few Cormarants on the lake as and plenty of Lapwings on the islands. A few Teal and a Little Egret.
|A Giant Puffball Fungi|
An interesting find, and the size of a football.
|Sunrise on the big lake|
I'm starting to take more of an interest in gulls and their various plumages. Photographing them will aid with identification.
I'm going with third winter Herring Gull with this one.
As I walked along the River Tame, I noticed a pair of Nuthatch busily feeding in the rotting bark of an old tree. I set up the scope, attached the camera, and attempted to get some decent shots.
I was pleased with this shot.
Then, as I got to the River Anker I noticed a Barnacle Goose amongst the flock of Canada's. A first for me on my local patch.
|Barnacle Goose river Anker|
|Barnacle amongst the Canada's.|
All told, a very interesting mornings walk. I added a female Goosander to the tally on the river Tame while on the return trip to the car.
I couldn't resist a few snaps of this Cormarant in a classic wing drying pose.
All pictures taken with my iPhone. It gets addictive.