Everything has it's beauty, but not everyone sees it. - Confucius
Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me
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Saturday, 14 March 2015

Frog orgy



I arrived back from Wales a few days ago, to find my little garden pond alive with a writhing, croaking mass of bodies.





Yes, it's spawning time again. Must be spring.







I'm not sure where they've all suddenly come from, but there's a lot!





This fly seemed to be pushing his luck though.











and a bit of video to end on
















Enjoy your weekend

these are.





Saturday, 28 February 2015

Weekend whistle



A few pictures for the weekend.



 A great spot for Dippers; Afon Eiddew at Lake Vyrnwy.


and here's a Dipper I found there,




I'd never heard one sing before, so here he is.








I'm not a great fan of slow shutter speed water pictures, but I had a go anyway.
Both hand held; I only use a tripod for macro pictures of moths.







Next up, a bird.

I managed to catch this one having a quick rest



 Yellowhammer



The Starling is an incredibly underrated bird in my opinion. The range of colour in their plumage is amazing. This one was happily singing and burbling in the sunlight on some rocks.







I managed a short video of the maestro here.






I was pleased to get a few pictures like this one




A Treecreeper on a wall. Usually only manage them as they scramble up the trunk of a tree.




There's been lots of these two birds here,




Lesser Redpoll




Siskin





I'm glad I'm not the only one who suffers from a bad hair day.




Male Red Breasted Merganser in the wind.




and last one for now








Have a great weekend.


Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Still here


The snow has all gone now, but it's very windy today.
Not ideal for taking pictures, so here's a few from less windy days.




I didn't think he'd get the joke, but he obviously did.






Kestrel in a big hurry.






Goldcrest stopped long enough in the sun for a picture.







Grey Heron putting the brakes on.






That's all, the internet is very slow.



Have a great weekend.






Thursday, 5 February 2015

Back in Wales


Shortly after I arrived in a Wales, at the end of January, so did the snow.



 Lesser Redpoll



We had quite a bit during the day and evening, and by morning, there was no way I could leave the cottage by car.







The quarter mile track down to the lane, was covered in snow. It had drifted and was about two and a half feet deep.
That also meant no-one could get here. Post and deliveries etc.
Thankfully we had plenty of supplies.
Also the phone and internet doesn't perform at its best, but I can live with that.


The only way to explore, was by foot.









The snow has slowly melted now, although the fields still have areas of hard crunchy snow; and the track is now negotiable with extreme care. The downhill part in particular, especially as the snow has frozen and turned to ice.


I may be able to venture further soon.








Take care where you are.




Monday, 19 January 2015

Anniversary (s)



Today, 6 years of this blog, and if I make it over the next three days, 5 years since my heart attack.



Here's a few old ones from the archives to celebrate.



First is a sunrise from my favourite place




Gwynedd




The rest is a small selection of birds.






Great Reed Warbler

A bit special this one. I don't do twitching, but this was quite a rarity that I found myself, at a local lake, back in 2008. Only the second record for Bucks since 1946.







Black Swan and Mute Swan

A bit unusual, in that the Black Swan appeared to be a surrogate parent. Even more unusual was the male Mute Swan didn't seem to mind. A menage-et-trois of the avian world.







Tufted Duck







Cormorant







Sabine's Gull







Egyptian Goose








Bearded Tit







Snow Bunting







Great Crested Grebes







Spotted Sandpiper

Another rarity I found myself, at my local lake, Caldecotte. The place was buzzing with twitchers for a few days after. The bird only stayed one day.







Kestrel







Sanderling







Blue Tit

(I think Adrian might remember this moment)   








Brambling







Goosander







Waxwing







Grey Heron



Hope you enjoyed them



Enjoy your week.



Saturday, 3 January 2015

Chaffinch



According to the experts; the people who know such things, this is not a bird of concern.


With a diet consisting of invertebrates in the summer, along with mostly seeds, they have the widest diet of the finches. No surprise they are doing well then, with an estimated population of 5.8 million in Britain and up to 30 million during the winter, with the arrival of continental birds.


They live just about anywhere; woodlands, (deciduous, mixed and conifer), parklands, gardens and hedgerows. No wonder they do so well, with such adaptability.


The males are a combination of colours ......... a reddish pink breast, bluish crown and nape, a brown back, grey-green rump, and white wing bars.


So common, so colourful, and yet frequently overlooked by many so called 'birdwatchers'
If the bird was 'rare', then everyone would be clamouring for a glimpse.


Here's a couple of pictures I took on a Chaffinch twitch yesterday.









Have a good weekend.




Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Probably the last post for this year.



I've avoided/neglected some areas of the internet for a while, to concentrate on other things.
Still 'concentrating', but here's a few pictures to leave the year with.


Traditionally it's usually a 'highlight' thing, but sod tradition, so some fairly recent, new ones.


A sunrise from the local. Reminds me of fire.







A couple of birds next





 Treecreeper.




The next one I've posted before on my other blog of my local lake; but I like it, so here it is again.



 Greylag Geese 






And last one for now
This is from Lake Vyrnwy, in north Wales. An early morning visit to the sculpture park one day.
One of my personal favourite recent pictures.








That's it.



Enjoy the rest of the week, and hopefully see you all in the New Year.