Saturday, 26 December 2009

Happy Christmas, Boxing Day etc

Christmas Day passed pleasantly but was relatively birdless. We had a stroll around Hemer Park in the afternoon where the mostly frozen pool was hosting 2 trumpeter swans, 8 hooded merganser, 1 American coot and 2 gadwall. We took a couple of minutes out of our busy schedule to take the attached pic of us grinning like tourists.

Today, Boxing Day, was similarly fairly quiet aves-wise. The highlight was the arrival at the 'food pile' of a party of 17 California quail. The fuzzy pic here was taken at range through the window - these plump, delicious gamebirds are sooooo flighty.

Despite the forecast for sunshine we were shrouded in mist all day with visibility restricted to about 100 metres. With the Christmas Bird Count (part II) tomorrow, let's hope it clears otherwise I'll be back in bed for 8.30am...

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