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Saturday, 11 April 2015

About time



Time for another post.


Back in Wales, and despite some wind, rain, a bit of sun, Easter, some crowds and loads of kids on an Easter holiday, I have managed a few pictures.



I'll start with a sunrise from a few days ago at the Great Orme.








Lots of Gorse in flower, and the scent has been amazing.







Got a birthday coming up soon, so I've treated myself to a couple of new moth books, and a new moth trap. This is one of the moths from the trap the other night.




Grey Shoulder-knot

According to one of the books I have, it's a moth found more in the south of the country, so a surprise to find one up here.




Out in the fields the trees are very slowly getting their leaf buds, and some interesting lichen growing on the dry stone walls.



Cladonia fimbriata





It was great to watch some of the sheep giving birth too.










On one visit to Anglesey, I came across some ponies having a great time.



Must have been a good spot, because they seemed to be queuing up to take turns for a good back scratch.




And now the birds ..........


A visit to Rhos-on-sea during a time when the tide was in, produced a bird I only usually see way out on the sea, as a black dot bobbing amongst the waves.






Common Scoter



A few other birds, in no particular order.



 Skylark








Sanderling




A lot of these are arriving in the country at the moment.




Wheatear







Meadow Pipit




A fly past by one of these.


 Shelduck



and finally, a nice pair to finish on.




Dipper



Enjoy the rest of your day




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.