' Tails of the Riverbank.

Once again Jane and I decided to go off in hunt of the elusive kingfisher and true to form it flashed up and down the river past us .. almost taunting us.

The sun broke through and the wind dropped and eventually birds got closer to where we sat.

The pied wagtails soon got used to our presence .

We re not as lucky as Littlewren to get yellowhammers visit our garden so were delighted to capture our first photo with a juvenile pied wagtail.

This is a juvenile grey wagtail with yellow markings developing first under the tail.

Adult grey wagtail.

Rear view .

Then the pied wagtails returned.Swallows too were skimming and twisting around us ..no chance of one in flight but one took pity on us and rested .

As did Pied wagtail ..

.. and fledgling.

Wherever you go there seems to be one bird that never rests

The kingfishers may have passed us by again .. and again but the afternoon was full of other entertainment .

Comments

5 Jun, 2011
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donna said:

Wow and more Wow What lovely photos and such a lovely blog to follow

5 Jun, 2011
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mike said:

That was a great Blog BB - thank you - great set of photos.

5 Jun, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

Thank you Donna and Mike.We were a bit disappointed to keep missing the kingfisher but these birds more than compensated...

5 Jun, 2011
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johnponting said:

This is a wonderful blog with some great pictures; you must have had a really nice trip out.

Don't get too worked up over missing the Kingfisher; it is a vastly over rated bird - I decided AFTER photographing a couple recently. :)

I went out for a cycle ride on Friday, stopped over by a cricket club a few miles away and was pleased to see a Pied Wagtail skipping around in search of tasty morsels.

5 Jun, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

That kind of you to say JP , we were pleasantly surprised by the variety of birds that appeared esp when they brought their young with them.

Having seen your lovely kingfisher photo I would like to be able to say .. having got one .. that yes I agree , very over - rated.Think its that wonderful metallic blue flash and the prospect of seeing them fish thats so appealing we ll keep trying but obviously enjoy whatever else chooses to stop by.Thanks again.

6 Jun, 2011
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Beautiful BB, I agree about the Kingfisher too, on my hit list....

6 Jun, 2011
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eje said:

Superb blog Ray,fabulous shots.

6 Jun, 2011
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aster said:

One day...... :)
So nice to see the river providing for the birds and not polluted. A wonderful selection of birds,thank you Jane and Ray :)

6 Jun, 2011
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littlewren said:

fantastic BB....as aster said a really fabulous collection of birds....love the photo of the adult grey waggie....and of course.....the yellowhammer....thanks for sharing...

7 Jun, 2011
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phili said:

Nice blog,pity about the kingfishers.I have not seen one for ages.

7 Jun, 2011
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david said:

Beautiful pics, especially of the wagtails, Bb. Looks like a great day out despite the lack of kingfisher pics. Will never get one, either. Yesterday evening I was chasing Dippers in the stream which runs through our town park. None of the pics came out, but the best part was when my son joined me,just in time to see a blue dart coming straight upstream and past us. Was so pleased that James was there to watch that Kingfisher, too.

7 Jun, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

Thank you for kind comments and encouragement ..its very frustrating as always see them at this spot but so very nervous and flighty.

Perhaps different on rivers like the Thames where they become accustomed to people and river traffic.

This is the Derwent , Aster not much more than a stream here as it starts on the moors wending its way to join the Ouse near York.
Area is known as Troutsdale so fishing very private and pricey !

Thanks LW .. nice to know we get yellowhammers too and also a spotted flycatcher but photo very poor as sat in deep shade.

Thanks Phil .. winter was pretty bleak here so glad they seem to have survived it.

Thank you David .. Dipper chasing brings back memories until we were lucky enough to find where they were nesting.Apparently they commonly nest under bridges ..nest looks like a scuffy swallows nest.Sadly we missed the young fledging but you might be lucky .. lovely for James to see hope the experience stays with him , mine always has.

8 Jun, 2011
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muddywalters said:

Great blog BB with wonderful photos. These are special days aren't they? - thanks for sharing it with us.

10 Jun, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

Thank you Muddy .. yes special indeed and sometimes when you set off with the intention of seeing one thing , other opportunities present themselves.

12 Jun, 2011
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lily said:

Great blog and pics BB. Nature never let's us go empty handed does she, there's always something to see even if it's not what we were looking for. I hope you manage to capture that elusive Kingfisher soon but in the meantime I'm more than happy to admire whatever else happens along. :o)

12 Jun, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

Thank you Lily .. kind of you .Yes these more than made up for not getting close to the kingfisher even saw a spotted flycatcher which is quite rare for these parts .. as you say such trips are rarely wasted and even if we saw very little so lucky to have such a lovely spot close by.

13 Jun, 2011
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lily said:

Y ou most certainly are lucky and sun to go with it too! :o)

15 Jun, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

Thank you Lily..its a lovely place to escape to ....

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