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, 16 March 2017

A selection






Meadow Pipit












Mediterranean Gull













Red-breasted Merganser displaying







Short video of displaying males




















Wren, gathering nesting material














Goldcrest













Skylark














Snow Bunting






A short video














 Reed Bunting












 Purple Sandpiper










Bank Vole











My first Chiffchaff of the year





Enjoy your day





Sunday, 5 March 2017

Dippers; nest building.




A few days ago I visited an area that I knew where I could find a Dipper.


The European, or White-throated Dipper is a small, resident breeding bird in the UK.
A length of 18cm, (7 inches), a wingspan of 28cm, (11 inches) and weighing just 64g, (2.2 ounces), they are a fascinating little bird to watch.


They feed by walking underwater of fast flowing streams or rivers and they can remain underwater for up to 30 seconds.



This particular day, the river was flowing very fast after a lot of recent rain.
The area along the river I headed to, was one where I was pretty certain I'd find them.


There are 3 metal tubes at the edge of the river, with a small stream that cascades over them, into the river. That's on a normal day.
This particular day, the small stream was more like a raging waterfall pouring over the opening of the tubes.






I was on the opposite side of the river, high on a steep bank, looking down. Trees are all around and along the bank, so picture taking is challenging to say the least. And the light quality is poor, especially on a dull day.



It wasn't long though, when I spotted a Dipper. He'd been foraging for nesting material.




 A beak full of moss.



He quickly made his way closer to the raging waters.




 Waiting for the right moment.




Once he'd judged the safest and perfect time to move, he flew up to the tube, through the falling water, and into the safety of the tube.








Coming back out was no mean feat either.
As he left the opening of the tube, the force of the water every time would knock him into the river below.








While I was watching, there was a second Dipper, taking in nesting material too.








I've watched them nest here in the past, but never under such tough conditions.

I hope they are successful again.





 A short video.






 Enjoy your day



Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Bits and Pieces


A rag bag assortment





Egyptian Goose











Jay














Nuthatch















Goosander, male














Great White Egret















Little Egret






Enjoy your day


Wednesday, 1 February 2017

February


On the first day of February, here's a clearout of some of the stuff I didn't post last month.




Frosty Robin






Green Woodpecker









A couple of Stonechats









Redwing in the leaf litter










Given that there has been loads of these recently, this is my one and only Waxwing. Poor effort.











Golden Plover











A couple of Herring Gulls sharing breakfast













and some of the local Cormorants just hanging out.







Enjoy your day




Saturday, 21 January 2017

Snowflakes



The snowflake brigade are out in force just now.


Thank goodness summer is coming to melt them away.




Here's a bird as white as snow.




Little Egret





A few frosty mornings here recently.





and some nice sunny mornings







and Whisky has had some fun with sticks.








 And to end, a short video of some Crows getting up in the morning.








Have fun in the snow.


Wednesday, 4 January 2017

New Year



A few days into a new year, and the weather has been pretty good; cold, frosty and some sun; apart from January 1st, when it rained nearly all day.


In the past I've had a few days off to various places in search of as many birds as I could see, to get the annual year list off to a good start.
Couldn't be arsed this year.


My birding has been local areas where myself and Whisky can enjoy being out together.



Second day of the year saw sunshine, and a Grey Heron at one of the local lakes.




This was at Willen Lake, which also had plenty of these.




Lapwing





On the way home we stopped off at Caldecotte Lake and found one of these.




Male Goosander


Whisky also got to see a few of his friends, so a good day had by us both.




Yesterday the sun shone again, so after scraping the frost of the windscreen, we set off to Ivinghoe Beacon in the Chilterns.
A good walk round before it got too busy with other dog walkers and people flying model aeroplanes. Not very much to see to begin with, so we walked on to another spot across the road, called Incombe Hole.

I spent a long time watching a Red Kite flying over the 'hole', searching for food and occasionally swooping down to catch something.




Red Kite





A big flock of Skylark were moving through one of the fields searching the frozen ground for anything to eat, and a large flock of Goldfinches were feeding on the dried heads of Teasel.




Goldfinch




Plenty of Redwing about, and good numbers of Fieldfare too, all feasting on the berries on the trees.





Fieldfare




After a few hours walking we headed back to the car, and found another bird enjoying some berries.




Mistle Thrush




It's been a pretty good start so far.


Enjoy your day.


Thursday, 1 December 2016

December



December already, and the year now starts to draw to a close. Whisky looks suitably unimpressed.




Whisky





I had an indoor plant many years ago, that never seemed to do any good, so I planted it at the bottom of my garden. To my surprise it picked up, and is now a strapping six feet tall. It's also got some flower buds coming.




Castor Oil Plant





The local lake, Caldecotte, has been host to up to half a dozen Little Egrets recently. Not easy to get pictures of them though, they always seem to fly off as I get near.









Not so the Herons though. They seem more than happy to pose.





 Grey Heron





Some gulls are happy to pose too.




Common Gull





Herring Gull







Herring Gull with fresh oyster lunch.







Whisky will always pose








A trip to a local reservoir a couple of days ago found, amongst other delights, this fisherman. I hadn't noticed he'd caught a tiny fish until I saw the picture on the computer.




Grey Wagtail





I went in search of some Mandarin Ducks a few days ago, at a nearby country park, and managed to find a group of 5.





They look far too exotic for this country.




Back at the local lake, at this time of the year, it is always good for these beauties.
Goosanders.




Female, going for a swim after a doze in the sun.










A couple of the males




Enjoy the rest of your day