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Hermitage Pond birds

By on May 27, 2013 in Photographs, Wildlife

I spent two or three hours this morning at Hermitage Pond.  There is a great variety of small birds who live in and around the pond and at various times I literally did not know which way to turn as sparrows fed on insects in the wall and grey wagtails (with a yellow underside, confusing, huh?) and pied wagtails and their young zoomed around.

Anyone know where the swallows live?

After a while I noticed the swallows flying above me but they are way too fast to photograph. If anyone knows where they are nesting in Wapping could you let me know please?

It was a pleasure to see so many adult and juvenile sparrows. Once as common as pigeons the sparrow has been under threat, mainly because people keep on putting decking down in their garden instead of grass.

Click on any image to see a slideshow. 

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Hi Tina!

I would also like to say ‘Hello!” to the numerous people I chatted to while I was taking photos, especially Tina (thanks for the Wapping Fox tip). If you want to get to know your neighbours just stand still for a while.

Hi Mummy Penguin!

I also had the pleasure to meet Mummy Penguin in King Edward Memorial Park – Rita wants to get in touch by the way so hopefully she will email me and i can pass her details on.

Wander anyone?

While I was chatting to Rita about birds, cameras, pavements and foxes she asked if i knew of any walks going on in the area. This fits in with my idea for a wildlife wander one weekend so we are thinking of meeting up at Hermitage one Saturday and then wander along the canal, Wapping Woods and Shadwell Basin.

Purpose is just to have a wander in good company, meet new people and see what we can see! Anyone interested please let me know through the contact page, Twitter or Facebook.

 

Technical note: These shots are not as sharp as I would like and are noisier than I usually allow due to various gear issues which I will not bore you with. Oh and also I am still learning how to photograph birds. Those are my excuses and I am sticking with them.)

 

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