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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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Here again



I've been in Wales for the last couple of weeks, enjoying the delights here.
The downside is a poor internet connection, so not much time on the net.
The upside is, getting out more, and great scenery.




Sunrise in Gwynedd




There's plenty of these birds in the fields at the moment, enjoying the flies that the sheep crap attracts.




Pied Wagtail




Half a dozen Pheasants have taken refuge in the garden, and escaped the morons with guns, that get a kick from slaughtering them.
There's also been a couple of these around;




Wren



A couple of days out to the north coast, when the sun shone, produced a bracelet wearer.




Oystercatcher, with what looks like ANU on the green ring.


Always lots of them along the coast, and these,




 Little Egret





Dunlin, with a couple of Grey Plover




Dunlin




One morning we had a trip out to The British Ironworks, near Oswestry. They are going to have regular displays of birds of prey, and these are from the first day.




Eagle Owl






Peregrine






I think this was one of the Lanner falcons; but I could be wrong.



A brilliant day there, topped off with being able to briefly 'fly' one of these magnificent birds.





Me and Rick, the Harris Hawk






Back at the garden,




Goldfinch





Greenfinch






I started with a sunrise, so I'll end on a sunset









Enjoy the upcoming weekend.









Friday, 7 November 2014

A change




 Does size matter?






Canada Goose







Common Gull






Long Tailed Tit








Coot








Canada Goose








Mute Swan





Did it?



Have a good weekend








Sunday, 26 October 2014

A filler



A quick post to fill the gap, until I can catch up.



Back from Wales now, (for the time being), but here's a few shots taken before I went.
A fairly local reserve, Summer Leys, in Northants, is/was playing host to a Great White Egret.





A really nice looking bird.


And of course a Little Egret was present ........





and a Grey Heron.






One of the regular visitors to my garden, is a bunch of Blue Tits.
Caught this one on some Teasel that is growing well, and supplying food for the Goldfinches, and any other birds that attempt to extract the seed from the prickly heads.






Back in Wales for the next lot, and these are a few taken in the days before I left.




Common Whitebeam.


Providing some food for the local bird population.







Lots of Rowan growing around too, and nooks and crannies in the walls full of insects.







Curlew, having a stretch.






Teal.


Literally hundreds of these around the coastal areas. This one was at Conwy.







 Treecreeper.

Searching for insects amongst the bark of the conifers.








Bank Vole.


Always a soft spot for these little creatures.




A mushroom that I don't know the name of; but it does remind me of something.







And finally, a trip to Harlech and its beach before I came back to England.
A lousy windy day, but such a beautiful beach.






Have a good week.



Monday, 20 October 2014

Cyfarchion o Gymru







Yes, I'm here again.




At the risk of sounding like a holiday postcard, I really am having a wonderful time.
And the scenery and bird life is as good as ever.


A few pictures and short videos .................... 




Ruff


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Grey Phalarope







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Greenshank







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Spotted Redshank






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Cattle Egret







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Gwynedd



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 Sparrowhawk, with lunch









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A couple more views










One of the little chaps who lives in a wall





Bank Vole






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and a Wood Mouse who thought he'd move in






Iechyd da!


Friday, 26 September 2014

Connecting


Years ago, when I was younger, they called it depression, and you saw a psychiatrist.
It was a waste of time, so in the end I stopped going.
I did a lot of 'creative' writing in those dark days.

These days it's known by a different name, and you see a therapist.
I don't bother these days; I 'ride it out'.


Nature is a great psychiatrist/therapist, but there are times when it's a major effort to try and 'connect' with it.
I get there eventually.
I hope I always can.



Here's some recent connections.




Hoverfly, Volucella zonaria



He was in the garden one sunny day, finding the ivy very interesting, and looking for all the world like some Hornet. He's harmless though.


A short video I took near the same day, of lots of Honey Bees doing the same thing.





So long as you leave them alone to get on with what they are doing, they're harmless too.




A recent nice surprise, was being contacted by the warden at RSPB Conwy, asking if they could use a couple of my pictures for an information board, to go on display in one of their hides.
Always happy to help any charity organisation that I support, (and I support a few), I said yes. Here's a copy of the finished product.





I can't wait to get back to Wales and see it in the 'flesh'.



But back home for now ..............


At the risk of plagiarism, here's the Robin in my garden.




Cock sure, and bold as brass. A juvenile, that is growing fast. Now reached adult stage, and constantly singing his liquid, flutey song, as he establishes his territory.




 Another, because I like him so much. He's found a small water snail, for a snack.







Goldfinch


My small garden pond is a magnet for some of the birds that visit the garden.





House Sparrow, taking a drink.



Last one for now, is of something I've never witnessed before, and only just managed to catch it on camera.




One of two frogs, that climbed from the pond, sat on a stone garden ornament, and then climbed up and disappeared into a large Honeysuckle bush.



Enjoy your week/weekend.