16 January 2013

Hyde Park reedlings

On route to the Natural History Museum early this morning Pete Alfrey and I dropped in to Hyde Park in London to see the first ever inner London Bearded Tits - 2 ringed female birds feeding in a tiny strip of reeds on the Serpentine, next to the Diana Memorial Fountain. The birds showed incredibly well (must be the best views of Bearded Tits I've ever had) feeding at very close range on phragmites, occasionally dropping down to the ground to drink. Both birds were caught and ringed (numbers L511927 and L511928) together on 10th November 2012 at Rye Meads, along with a male. They were not seen again after release but the two females have been present in Hyde Park since 11 December 2012 (more details here). Frustratingly I got home to find my memory card is corrupt and after three hours I have not been able to recover any photos!

Adjacent Kensington Gardens held 7 Pochard, small numbers of Shoveler and plenty of Common Gull on the Round Pond, and few Shoveler and about 13 Pochard on The Long Water/The Serpentine. Great to meet up with dedicated Hyde Park patcher Des McKenzie. I must make the effort to come back up to Kensington Gardens some time to see the often very showy Tawny Owls.

Postscript: Fortunately, 17 days later I found out that only the first image in the sequence was actually corrupt and this was preventing the other images from being downloaded. By putting the card back into the camera and plugging it into the computer I was able to download the images and delete the corrupted one. Phew!





6 comments:

  1. Lee, I feel your pain - I had a hard drive die on me containing over a year's photos (including several big trips), not backed up anywhere else, gone for good. For what it's worth, I and plenty of others always enjoy your blog entries, and photos are just photos in the grand scheme....

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    1. Thanks Mark, I really appreciate your comments and support. I'll bounce back! Just feeling really fed up with things at the moment. I'm not sure how I would've dealt with losing a whole year's worth of photos!!

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  2. Lee...chill! Birding is the most wonderful but also the most frustrating thing going. I, too, get fed-up moments and question the whole bloody thing, but... I see from Pinpoint's blog that you ID'd the moth, so not all is bad. THIS SPELL WILL PASS. You'll forget it all when you find the Great Snipe on Staines Moor.

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    1. You're quite right Steve. To be honest it isn't just this one event that made me hit rock bottom, but a whole load of negative things that have happened in quick succession over the last few weeks, not all birding related. But I've picked myself up today and I've got renewed enthusiasm to try and salvage the photos. I've received some nice support which has really helped. Many thanks.

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  3. I know what you need - A trip to Morocco with your old mate Jaffa!

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  4. Yep, chin up pal and keep up the good work. On a brighter note just heard there's a few booked on this year's REGUA tour.

    CB

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