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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 19th March, 2012)

Long tailed tit

Long tailed tit
Taken in the Bunting hide at Pennington Flash.

Photo: David Barker  (Nikon D3000 Tamron SP 70-300mm VC Lens 1/250s @F/8)
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Comment by: Ellen on 19th March 2012 at 02:03

Just adorable! And you have leaves unfurling; Spring is sprung,etc.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 19th March 2012 at 05:14

I still maintain that this kind of photo shouldn`t be displayed here. It could be taken anywhere in the UK.

Comment by: john on 19th March 2012 at 07:19

very nice david ,

Comment by: maggie on 19th March 2012 at 09:28

These photos are great, as I said before, tken in the area & by a Wiganer who is a good photographer. I have no quarrel with them being displayed. They give a great deal of pleasure.

Comment by: Helen on 19th March 2012 at 09:51

But with respects it wasn't taken anywhere in the UK Ernest...it was taken at Pennington Flash....a place that everyone on Wigan World seems to know...except me. Can anybody tell me the meaning of 'Flash 'to do with mining perhaps ?

Comment by: Julie on 19th March 2012 at 10:35

What a beautiful little bird, nice photo David.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 19th March 2012 at 11:14

As far as pics of birds and animals are concerned, I for one think they provide a useful and interesting record of the wildlife of our area. You never know, someone from the benighted South might find one of these pics through the internet and suddenly become aware that it's no longer 'dark satanic mills' up here.
That links nicely to the matter of the Wigan Flashes - many of which have become SSSI's - Sites of Special Scientific Interest (with the very rare Bittern seen around one in Ince). Whilst they don't actually form 'in a flash', they do appear in places where no ponds were before - as depressions formed on the surface by mining subsidence deep underground fill with water.

Comment by: Dave (Oy) on 19th March 2012 at 18:31

Nice LTT David - keep 'em coming!

Comment by: john on 19th March 2012 at 19:42

some people need to get a life , why comment on something talented and artistic ,when you cant do it your self ???.
great stuff david keep em comming

Comment by: Harry C. on 19th March 2012 at 19:49

If it's a nice picture with some interest what's your problem Earnest, keep them coming David.

Comment by: red rocker on 19th March 2012 at 19:55

anyone wanting to see the perigrine falcon , its usually seen on the chimney at morrisons supermarket at chorley, failing that check out the 4 spire church in town centre its been nesting on the ledge their for the last couple of years . i saw it sunday .

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 19th March 2012 at 20:34

I see them most days in my garden along with others. Widespread, but more abundant in the south. Not an easy task to photograph birds. Well done David, it's a great time Spring.... Why should anyone dout where David's taken it from?????? keep em coming mate!

Comment by: dot on 19th March 2012 at 20:39

Not everyone has good eyesight, and good mobility, to visit the parks and Pennington flash. Some people have to rely on good able bodied photographers from the Wigan area, to take such good clear shots. To be able to enjoy the natural beauty around and about. Well Done

Comment by: David on 19th March 2012 at 22:49

Thank You for your comments,much appreciated.

Comment by: owdkewyed on 19th March 2012 at 22:53

The word 'Flash' is an English dialect word for a lake apparently, mainly in Lancashire and parts of Yorkshire.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 20th March 2012 at 23:12

I don't think there's anything local about the use of 'flash' to describe a pool formed as a result of subsidence. It's used in any area where mining, or brine extraction in the case of Cheshire, causes dips to form in the surface. It most probably derives from the term 'flash' being used to describe a sudden flow of water down a river after heavy rains. If this caused banks to break 'flashes' would be formed in riverside meadows.

Comment by: Phil on 21st March 2012 at 18:16

Ernest, back off with the comments! Like Maggie says, taken in Wigan by a Wigganer. What more do you want on this site? Many people will not have seen a long-tailed tit before and probably have no idea they can be seen locally. Knowledge is power Ernest!

Comment by: CJR on 21st April 2014 at 22:28

Great photo David. Ernest, that's just silly. I'm glad it's on here.

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