I decided to go the long way round - the endless blockage to the Sustrans 64 is really annoying everyone - and ride to Cotham rubbish tip. What I was after were some shots of the huge numbers of gulls that are often found there, gulls that experienced birdwatchers of my acquaintance are able to identify at a range of 200 metres, when there are thousands of them.
A juvenile glaucous gull, seemingly the size of a turkey, has had a lot of attention there lately.
Sadly, there weren't many gulls on view today, as it turned out they were all hiding on the other side of the ridge. But I could still see a few greater black backed gulls mooching around, and there were plenty of rooks looking on, perched on the fences and the edge of the tip "crater".
But not, on the whole, a pretty place.
So I carried on cycling, on my Cotham - Thorpe - Home route, and was just crossing over one of the numerous small rivers you find around here - this one was the oddly named Car Dyke, which flows into the Devon - when a beautiful white bird caught my attention and made me stand on my brakes.
It was a gorgeous egret, barely 15 metres away, standing on the edge of the water.
I approached oh so slowly, oh so stealthily, with my camera, but the bird still sensed my approach and took off with its mate. Pah, an egret at that range would have made for a stunning photograph!
Still a gorgeous bird though. But a pesky one!
All text and images copyright CreamCrackeredNature 11.02.16
|Kestrel bird scarer|
|Crows on a wire|
|Crows on a mountain|
|Crows on a crater|
|Greater black backed gull|
|Egrets in flight|