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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


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


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.



Blue Tit

(I think Adrian might remember this moment)   




Grey Heron

Hope you enjoyed them

Enjoy your week.

Saturday, 3 January 2015


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


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.

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;


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


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


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,



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


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.


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


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.