I know its not terribly exciting writing about my walks in Eastville Park again but I’m always excited about seeing a kingfisher. I don’t quite know what it is but it always lifts my spirits.
Today I saw both a male (on the lake) and a female (on the river). I so enjoyed seeing them that I found myself watching them rather than taking photos.
Two visiting birders (who had made the trip from Yatton by train) reciprocated my showing them a kingfisher by pointing out to me a goldcrest: I didn’t, however, manage to take a very good photo of it. I also enjoyed putting a face to Trevor and Mark (whose names I have seen on reports to Avon Bird Blog) and chatting to them.
Goldcrest (rather poor photo I know)
I was pleased that other passers-by (who had seen my photos on the Facebook page of The Friends of Eastville Park) stopped to introduce themselves. I also spent time talking to two other photographers (Steve and Dani) and hence the reason for not too many photos today.
We were popping in to town but we couldn’t resist stopping at Eastville Park for a walk around the lake.
A robin greeted us at the entrance to the park
The lake looked no more frozen over than a few days ago even though we had another heavy frost last night.
The park was very quiet but there were a few photographers drawn by the ubiquitous kingfisher. We weren’t disappointed and saw it flitting around the (appropriately named) Kingfisher Island. It was rather gloomy and so I put my energies into trying to capture her in flight
Even the swans were placid.
I don’t seem to have time to venture far at the moment so I am very pleased to be able to go for a quick walk around my local park and see some wildlife.
After a heavy frost last night a large part of the lake was frozen. I do feel sorry for the birds when it freezes over but the gulls seemed quite happy standing on the ice and the fish must get some respite.
Black-headed gull on ice
A female kingfisher was very active on the lake and, although the light was poor, I tried to capture her in flight (with limited success).
Grey heron reflecting
One swan was again being very aggressive and assaulted another one.
Common assault on the lake – ouch
There was a dipper on the River Frome but it seemed very reluctant to try its chances at feeding below the water in the fast flowing river.