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Saturday, 8 March 2008

Pennington Flash

The weather was pretty dismal this morning, but wanted to get out after being stuck in work all week, typical nice weather all week and rain on the weekend.

We decided on Pennington Flash a free nature reserve which has 4 main hides and a number of viewing points and made up of large lakes and woodland areas.

You can see one of the lakes below:

There is also a number of carving done in old tree stumps and posts, the photo below shows a woodpecker, but there is also a hedgehog and other carvings there.

Its a great place for waterfowl, however the Bunting Hide is the one I like to spend the most time in. It mainly has garden birds, today we saw, GS Woodpecker, Brambling, Greenfinch, Reed Bunting, Long Tailed Tits, Bluetits and Robins you can see pics of all these birds HERE in my gallery.

I have a couple of pictures from your more common garden visitors, Blue Tit & Robin.

And a couple of your not so common visitors Bullfinch. You can really see the difference in these birds between male & female, the male is first. You may think I have made the female bullfinch shot really grey, but this is how they look.

All photos taken 08/03/2008.


  1. Your birds are so pretty, Mike! It's interesting to see them all and how different they are from the ones here. I'll have at look at the ones on your site as well. Thank you for the link. I really enjoy the beautiful pictures you take and I'm so glad that you share them.

  2. Mike. Great photos. Love the bullfinches. They are regular visitors to our feeders in the garden. In fact their were still two on there at 5.30pm today.... getting pretty dark. You have really caught the colours of them brilliantly. Thanks for sharing these! Jane

  3. Gorgeous birds! and so colorful! They all look so little and fat and cute. I love that different from ours! The Bluetit and Bullfinch are neat, too! That tree carving was wonderful...what a great idea. Do you have pics of the hedgehog carving? I love hedgehogs and wish we had them here.

  4. Sandpiper, thanks for your kind comments.

    Jane, Your lucky to get these in your garden they are a stunning bird.

    Thanks Mary, I never photographed the hedgehog I will get one next time I go and post it.

  5. The Bullfinch male is qutie the handsome bird. It reminds me of our Northern Cardinal with the brilliant red coloring.

    I also would like to see more of the carvings. What a unique idea to carve on dead trees in a park.

    That little robin has such personality all puffed up. He looks quite jaunty.

  6. Mike,
    Nice bullfinch shots. There are plenty around my patch, but I can,t get near enough to them for a photo............I'll keep trying though. Nice post oday

  7. Thanks Lisa I will try and get back on a nicer day and get more shots of the carving.

    Cheers Warren.

  8. Hello! I just found your blog and WOW, are those bird, BEAUTIFUL! Gosh, such wonderful color. I am so envious! Great shots, love it!

  9. Hello again, Mike! This is a "tag" for the 6 Word Memoir Meme . The instructions are in my blog today. Hope you decide to take part, but no pressure! I know that I can always come to your blog for great photography!

  10. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I will link you too. I will stop back again.