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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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Well I never


The blog is 7 years old today, so I thought I'd better do something.



A bird I constantly struggle to get a half decent picture of, is a Kingfisher.



Female


The year started with this one, a posing female, till she noticed me. I'll keep trying.





We had our first snow of the year a couple of days ago, all gone now though. Whisky found it rather interesting, his first time of seeing it. He wasn't keen on a couple of snowmen we came across though.





A short video clip in the snow









Finally, we had a trip out to Frampton Marsh with Trevor a few days ago. The actual reserve is a no go area for dogs, (a shame, because not all dogs are unruly; most are better behaved than some of the bloody kids I've seen on reserves), but we had an invigorating walk along the sea wall, and then down to Witham End.
From here we managed some distant views of a Slavonian Grebe




Not the best picture, but it was a long way out to sea.




A bit nearer were a couple of Grey Plover.










A few Turnstone were about.










and finally a very dodgy picture of a Bar-tailed Godwit.










That's it. I'm off to blow out the candles on the cake. Have a good one whatever you are doing.



Thursday, 31 December 2015

The End of the Year Show



Some of the leftovers from this month, in no particular order.




The boy, growing fast and becoming a great companion.







A bit of local street art.


Some of these graffiti artists are quite talented.








Robin


Singing his heart out. A few of these and Song Thrushes, have been singing every morning, even at 2 a.m. when I've been walking Whisky.








Chinese Water Deer


Introduced species that seem to be doing rather well here.








Mallards



My old mates from Caldecotte Lake. The good thing is, neither Whisky or them are bothered by each other.









Black Swan


He or she has been around the local lake now for a couple of weeks. A real beauty.









Pair of Goosander



From the local lake again. This time of the year, there are always a few here.








Whisky having fun.







From today. Whisky made another new friend.


So much like Ellie, his pal in Wales.




And finally, myself and Whisky wish you all a great 2016.






Thursday, 10 December 2015

A couple of things to post



December, and it will soon be the end of the year.
I'm rather looking forward to next year, for some reason.


Anyway, near the end of November, I had a visitor to the garden.

The bird seed I put out attracts a lot of Goldfinches at times, and also a lot of Feral Pigeons feeding on the spilt seed on the ground; around 15 most days.


Their number was dramatically reduced by 1 this particular day.




A female Sparrowhawk.



She stayed to enjoy her lunch for some time, but she certainly made a mess.


A graphic video.









A bit more recent now.



We've had a bit of a Starling murmuration for a while at a local lake, Willen, so I decided to make the effort and go and watch the show.



The sun gradually dropped behind the Peace Pagoda,





and as the light slowly faded, the sky was set for the display. Not the biggest I've seen here, but certainly worth the effort of going.






Just after 3:45 p.m. it started with a trickle.


Small groups of birds arriving from all directions, and coming together.







The numbers gradually built up, and by 4:00 p.m it was all over.


They dropped down into the reeds, and then fell silent.


By now the sky had turned blood red, the light fading fast, I headed home.








Friday, 13 November 2015

November




Well, here's a mixture for November.



The autumn colours have been pretty good this year.




 The road to the cottage in Wales where I stay.








One of the fields







This is a place called Loggerheads Country Park



A popular place with dog walkers; best to visit early.




A couple of the residents ...........





Dippers. I think they were doing some 'display' bonding. They do breed here.







We had some very misty mornings, 





which lend itself to the usual spiderweb web shots.






Whisky had a whale of a time while we were there ...........






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


Excellent as always.




Nuthatch







Blue Tit








Coal Tit






 Brambling




and now we're back here .................................... oh well ...............




Have a good one



Friday, 23 October 2015

October




Time flies, even when the fun isn't at its greatest.





I've not been out much, with or without the camera, but I do have a few pictures I thought might be worth sharing on here.




 The boy. Whisky is growing fast, and really developing his own character.









One of the Nasturtiums growing in my garden. A great plant in my opinion. The 'white' butterflies are attracted to it to lay the eggs of the next generation, the caterpillars eat the leaves, and when they've had their fill, the plant bounces back and produces blooms that the other pollinators are attracted to. Should be grown in every garden.









Mandarin Ducks







I've managed to catch a good variety of moths in the traps while I've been in Wales.






Angle Shades









Red-green Carpet











Mottled Umber










September Thorn



Yes, I like moths.




Back to a couple of birds.






Carrion Crow










Grey Heron. Taken whilst walking round the RSPB reserve at Conwy, and he posed in an almost perfect position, with the castle as a backdrop.






And I'll finish with a sunrise, from a few days ago.




Even Whisky enjoyed it.




chin chin 



Thursday, 24 September 2015

That's it then.


It seems my last post just isn't showing up on peoples lists, despite re posting it three times.

I guess it's time to call it a day then.

Still here .............. just.



A lot has happened since my last post.



I don't often talk about politics, but we have a new leader in the opposition party. His left wing views have given some of the pro government newspapers a field day(s), as they frantically try and dig some dirt from his past and exaggerate some of his policies. My god, he didn't even join in singing the national anthem recently!
Well, I don't sing it either, but that doesn't make me a traitor.

Strange how the said newspapers have been a bit quieter after the revelation that our current prime minister, was allegedly involved in a bit of oral sex with a dead pigs head in his earlier days, joined a fox hunt after it was banned by law, and even smoked dope.



There's been what seemed like half of Syria fleeing the war and trying to make it to Europe to live, many hundreds dying in their attempt to do so. Along the way a few thousand others from other countries have joined them in their quest for a 'better life'. Some of our media and the people, were very anti immigrant, until a picture of a dead kid, washed up on a beach seemed to turn the tide a bit. It didn't seem to matter about the hundreds that drowned before him, men, women and kids; probably because we didn't see their dead bodies floating in the water. Hypocritical springs to mind.



My step-brother and some members of his church, went to Africa for a short visit, to help some of the poor in a village. Something to do with classrooms or chickens ........... all very good willed and godly no doubt. Apparently these African people have 'nothing'.
I think I'd have been more impressed if they'd helped the 'poor' and those with 'nothing' down there own high street instead of travelling great distances, making a huge footprint in the process. Or maybe that's not high profile enough. Maybe just more hypocrisy.

A fucked up world indeed.


And I've made a smaller footprint, with a couple of visits back to Wales.
I enjoyed some sun, didn't enjoy the rain, and most certainly didn't enjoy slipping and twisting my knee and ankle. Still limping now.
Whisky has grown a lot, I stacked a few logs for winter, and I managed a few pictures.






What eventually turned into a nice day.










Pair of Common Blue, doing what they do.









Pair of Common Darter doing what they do.











Whisky, and his brother Thistle, pausing for a moment, and deep in thought.

Quite pleased this picture featured in a newsletter from  Your Dog magazine.












Harebell, in the sun.









Small Foxglove in the sun












Sanderling, paddling with some Ringed Plover













Juvenile Stonechat.











A mushroom, which I'm sure someone will know the name of.












A Jackdaw that thinks he's a Dalmation.






And I'll end with a short video of Whisky and his pals doing what they do, have a great time.








Whatever you're doing, now or the weekend, have a great time doing it.