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Saturday, 9 August 2008

Trent & Mersey Canal on 31st July & 1st August 2008

We decided to take a couple of days out on the boat, in spite of the weather forecast - and boy, did we get wet !!! We got as far as Branston Water Park where we moored up for an Italian meal at the Bridge in, and an overnight stop on the boat. We did not see to much in the way of interesting birds on the way - just the usual Mallards (and hybrids) and Grey Herons. However, we did find this Cormorant on the towpath (not something we are used to seeing on the canals). I managed a few grabbed shots as it took off.
A little later, we found a whole tree full of House martins beside the towpath - the picture shows just small part of the flock.

The following day started a little brighter (but it was not long before the rain set in again). We took a very short walk (20 minutes) into Branston Water Park itself, but we could not stay long as we had not left ourselves much time to get back to base that day. The only usable photo photo I got here was of a juvenile Dunnock.

On our way back towards the River Trent and home, we noticed a Kingfisher flying ahead of us. It would wait until we got about 20 metres away and then fly on ahead again. This was exciting, but a little frustrating. I did, eventually, get a shot which at least shows the basic features of the bird. I really feel fired up now to try and get a decent shot of one of these birds.

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