Trials,Tribulations and Happy Moments in my busy life

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Strange Bird Day

Hi folks,

We went back to Haysden Country Park again yesterday, what a wonderful place for wildlife, we spent the morning walking around Barden Lake enjoying the crisp morning air and the noise of the wildfowl on the lake. We then came across a couple of birds that I can't name, probably Ken, Mike, Trev or even that Stephen will know. I have checked my book but can't find it.

Well all you bird spotters, what's this ere bird then?

Strange picture of the two of them taking off together only two feet but if you look closely there are two bodies.

Coot? well yes but I never seen one with white on it's front perhaps it's a Granddad Coot like me. Sue has checked up on this ere bird and the saying "bald as a Coot". Bald is an old word for white as it has a white head. See I am learning and reading my books. BTW Coots dont like Scotland as it is to cold.

This will get you, it's a cross between a Canadian Goose and a Grey Lag
Now I am no expert on these things but a rather distinguished man with a pair of Olympus Binoculars and a large Canon camera like the one old Trev touts informed me of this fact. So who am I, a lowly walker and Amateur photographer to argue.

Beautiful spot this with nice surroundings as you can see not many people about,  just a wispy cloud on the horizon for Trevor.

When the ground dries up in the spring Sue and I are going to do the complete walk around the lake and over the Medway through the meadow and back to the car park

Maybe some more tomorrow if I can stay awake.

Thanks for looking,

nite nite, luv Mike XX


  1. Nice place Mike, No can do on the unknown bird, I can't find it in my book.

    Nice take off on the lake.

  2. Hi Mike
    I can tell you its a Goose and I should know what it is off the top of my head but I did need to do some research. Its Alopochen aegyptiacus Egyptian goose
    RSPB is all ways useful

  3. Well done Stephen I knew you would find it. Dont look good for flying at Tonbridge.