The Lozarithm Lens

By lozarithm

Caen Hill (Sunday 1st September 2019)

It had been six weeks since my last trip to the Caen Hill locks to check on the swan family, so I drove over there and parked at the bottom of the flight in Marsh Lane, to walk up to the top. I took some landscape shots including one of some teasels that I considered for a Wild Flower Week entry (see Extra) but as the purpose of the trip was to see the swans I have blipped one of the teenagers. However, I have chosen an image that prominently features some bullrushes, so I am nominating that instead, with thanks to Miranda1008.
I took the grassed path behind the side pounds and on the way up I saw one and then another heron, fishing in separate pounds, and also, to my delight, my first kingfisher of the year when it flew up into a tree and perched there. It was a long way away and it wasn't until I looked at my severely cropped shot when I got back home that I could be 100% sure. I also fartnarkled one of my shots of a heron to post online.
I found both young swans near the top of the flight, now almost full size, and with the pen swan mother, and after getting a few shots I walked back down on the towpath where I had two surprises. Firstly I found one of the herons I'd seen earlier on the pathway that separates two pounds and munching on some wildflowers. I followed it up the path and it seemed unbothered by my presence (see second Extra). Then, further down I came upon the elusive second pair of swans that I'd seen on one previous occasion, but that I hadn't seen on the way up. They glided up to me and when I failed to have anything to give them they decided to do a spot of blackberrying (see third Extra). I had a couple of chats with other visitors including one couple asking me to name the bird that was watching the two swans. It was the grey heron - they'd tentatively identified it as a stork. A dogwalker told me she thought the cob swan was no longer present. I guessed he was probably temporarily absent but he wasn't there on my last visit on 21st July either, so perhaps she is now a single mother.

2.9.2019 (1705 hr)

Blip #3026 (#2776 + 250 archived blips taken 27.8.1960-18.3.2010)
Consecutive Blip #008
Blips/Extras In 2019 #203/265 + #080/100 Extras
Day #3446 (769 gaps from 26.3.2010)
LOTD #2170 (#2011 + 159 in archived blips)

Swan series
Caen Hill series
Devizes series
Kennet and Avon Canal series
Canals series

Taken with Pentax K50 (Red) and Pentax HD P-DA 55-300 mm F4-5.8 ED WR lens

Caen Hill, 1 September 2019 (Flickr album of 56 photos)

Lozarhythm Of The Day:
Chrissie Hynde - Caroline, No (2019)
Back in April I pre-ordered a copy of the forthcoming solo album by Chrissie Hynde and had forgotten all about it, but in the car Guy Garvey played a track from it. It is to be released this coming Friday and is a collections of standards, in a departure from her normal style, with the Valve Bone Woe Orchestra. He played the Beach Boys' song Caroline, No, written by Brian Wilson.

One year ago:
Curzon Street Cemetery

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