Monday, 2 May 2016

THROUGH MY LENS - Dawn Chorus at Kiltonga Nature Reserve




















   Last Saturday I attended a Dawn Chorus guided by Dot Bleakley at the Kiltonga Nature Reserve at 5.00am and standing in the car park before walking round the lake we heard, several Song Thrush and Blackbird, a Mistle Thrush and a Robin. It was too dark to to take photos then.  As we walked further round the lake, we heard, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Goldcrest.

By the time we reached the other side of the lake the light was a bit better and we saw 2 sets of Swans both with nests, heard numerous Wren and now the Robins stopped singing and came down to feed on the grass.



Coot





Once again when the light was up, the ground feeders like this Song Thrush was busy collecting worms for their chicks.




A Moorhen wakens up and across on the other side of the lake one of the Swans is sitting on her nest.



As we were nearing the finish of our Dawn Chorus, we spied these Greylag geese with seven goslings and I videoed them.  
There were also another family of geese that had 3 goslings however were too far away to photograph.








On the video, the Greylag parents were worried at the 2 male Mallards being so close their family and you wil see that on the video.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing these photographs from the Dawn Chorus.

I am linking this post with THROUGH MY LENS.


Many thanks for your visit and also to those who leave comments.

35 comments:

  1. What an absolutely magical start to the day. I am a big fan of dawn, and dawn with birdsong is wonderful.

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  2. Glad to see you back. I have really missed your comments as you are usually the first one that I read to start my day. Glad you enjoyed this post.

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  3. My dear Margaret,
    I'm definitely in awe and truly touched by these wonderful shots of yours, thank you for sharing them with us, you truly make my day !

    Enjoy your new week, my beautiful friend, sending blessings of joy to you

    Dany

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  4. A blessed morning with sighting of beautiful swans and birds. The goslings are so cute!

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  5. Good morning Margaret,
    ohhh... so cute your photos from the birds!
    I like it!
    Have a lucky week!
    xo Britta

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  6. There is a lot of activity there at dawn. Lovely photos of the start of day. Thanks for sharing your images with as and linking in with "Through My Lens"

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  7. Thanks for taking us to this amazing trip to the park. Swans are just beautiful animals.

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  8. Love the goslings - so cute and endearing :) Have a good week Margaret.

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  9. I ove that time of day - although we dont have as many songsters here.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  10. WOW! Beautiful and cute. I love the babies!

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  11. Hello Margaret. Yes .. a great way to start the day. Lovely to see all the new gosling enjoying a walkabout.

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  12. brilliant shots !!!
    happy week :-)

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  13. Beautiful, wonderful photos!

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  14. Hello margaret, wonderful collection of birds photos and I enjoyed the video. The goslings are adorable. I love the pretty swans. Looks like a nice visit to the preserve! Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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  15. thank you so much for sharing such amazing photos really enjoyed each of it dear

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  16. Beautiful, Margaret. I love the Greylag Geese ... their coloring is so subtle and the babies ... you have to love the babies. All of your birds, and you seem to have so many near you, are beautiful. Thanks, Margaret ...

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  17. pretty reflections!! i love swans and the geese babies!!!!

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  18. Love the swan and coot reflections in the water. They add another dimension to your photos.

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  19. Your photos are beautiful.....brilliant shots of the swans...
    Enjoy your week!

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  20. The geese are always fun--- so long as you look where you walk... Loved 'em.

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  21. Amazing pictures. Those Swans look so elegant and of course the baby geese are adorable.

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  22. Thanks for the beautiful images that are exceptionally interesting and I love these animals in this wonderful nature and the video with the sounds. Wonderful to have discovered. Have a very nice week. Best regards Ingrid

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  23. Beautiful post! Lots of wonderful photos. I even saw two Swans over at Bowdoin a couple days ago.

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  24. Oh I love your dawn chorus --thank you for sharing it! They greylag family is wonderful!!! We have only one type bird in our chorus here in the RV Resort, but they have a varied song -- the mockingbird sings a great song to wake up to! Well, unless you count the occasional drum background by the woodpeckers!

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  25. The swan is lovely! And cute photos of the little goslings too.

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  26. Great water reflections. And ducklings, I love ducklings.

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  27. I loved seeing the Greylag, and their babies. Nice video of them also. Sounds like a lovely early morning walk.

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  28. You showed us how the dawn is a magical time. Lovely shots of birds and reflections.

    Yoko

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  29. Oooh wow, check out that swan. That is something I rarely see and when I do they are usually black ones. Those goslings are so cute and I do love the close ups of the geese with their meal around their mouths.

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  30. What a wonderful array of colorful critters!!

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  31. I love the swans and the goslings are adorable!

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