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sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 17 10:09 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Maybe we could throw it open to the DS gang to come up with a name for it?

buzzy



Joined: 04 Jan 2011
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Location: In a small wood on the edge of the Huntingdonshire Wolds
PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 17 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yesterday we went to a nature reserve adjoining a working gravel pit. We saw assorted ducks on the flooded pits, including two Goldeneyes and a Red-crested Pochard (which, being a female, didn't(+-*ko - interpolation from the kitten) have a crest, red or indeed any colour.

We had good views of a Kingfisher, as well.

We found quite a few fungi, the prettiest of which was this Wood Blewit (Lepista nuda)




There is quite a strong body of opinion amongst us that they should be called Mauveits.

Henry

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 17 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They are rather pretty aren't they. Amethyst deceiver are pretty too, and we get some pink ones who's name escapes me, but again, don't think they have an English name, so think the second half is rosea or something similar. For some reason I have awful trouble remembering Latin names I am afraid.

Sounds like an interesting walk again Henry.

buzzy



Joined: 04 Jan 2011
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Location: In a small wood on the edge of the Huntingdonshire Wolds
PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 17 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Managed to get out this week, for a very pleasant walk on the Washes. Sunshine, and very little wind. All the birds were distant spots on the horizon, though, such as Cranes, Bewick's, Whooper and Mute Swans, a Marsh Harrier (which I missed) and a big flock of Golden Plovers. We had hoped (and expected) to see Short Eared Owls, as yesterday was a damp day and we thought they'd be hungry and hunting, but they did not show where we were.

I said all the birds were distant spots, but the last one we found was not: when we returned to the car park, there was a Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus) sitting at the edge of the reeds in the sun, ;presumably trying to get warm. There have been Water Rails on some of our previous walks, but it has been a case of "Look, there's a Water Rail" "Where?" "Just going behind that patch of reeds."

But this one was cooperative!





Glad to have had such a good view.

Henry

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 17 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nice picture. It did cooperate well to stay still on the edge of the reeds like that.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 17 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Great shot. It looks like it's too cold to move. Nice looking bird though, never even heard of them before never mind seeing one.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 17 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A beautiful bird

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