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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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Annus horribilis




My mothers health deteriorated rapidly this year. She had been diagnosed in the last couple of years with Alzheimer's, Lewy bodies dementia and Vascular dementia and it finally took her on 19th May 2017.
To see her go down hill so rapidly was very sad. A once happy, proud, dignified woman with a sharp wit be reduced to a frail, hunched, mumbling empty shell, that couldn't perform the simplest of tasks. One of the most cruellest of illnesses.



Socialising has never been my strong point and even my accompanied trips out seem to have ended over the last few months. Oh well, thank goodness for the loyalty of a four legged companion.





Whisky


We are currently in north Wales, with mixed weather; good days with the weather and others, not so good.




The birdwatching has taken a back seat this year, due to apathy, cash restraints and a blossoming interest in wild flowers. I've always enjoyed wildflowers, but last year and this, my interest has grown.
Plus they only move in the wind, which makes them easier subjects to study and photograph.





Heath Speedwell






Yellow-juiced Poppy







Small-flowered Cranesbill








Slender St. John's-wort






Insects that manage to keep still long enough have also attracted the lens.






Chimney Sweeper moth









Cinnabar moth









Mating Ringlet









Small Skipper






There have been a few birds, but only when they have been where I have been.
The chase for ticks is over, for now.





Long Tailed Tit





I think I need to relax more at the moment.







Enjoy your weekend




Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Some Warblers




This is a post I've wanted to do for some time; a few of our warblers all together.

I'll start with one that 'sings' his name.


Chiffchaff





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A similar looking bird next, but a very different song.


Willow Warbler








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The next two have similar 'songs', but with practice can be told apart. Visually different too.



Reed Warbler







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Sedge Warbler







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Another pair with very similar 'songs', but also visually different,



Blackcap







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Garden Warbler







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The next two are similar in name, similar visually, but the 'songs' are very different.



Whitethroat









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Lesser Whitethroat








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This next bird has an unmistakeable 'song'. Often heard, but seldom seen, as it is usually skulking in the bushes/trees.



Cetti's  Warbler








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Another warbler with an unmistakeable 'song', again sometimes heard, if you are lucky and difficult to see is,


Grasshopper Warbler






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These last two are very localised and I consider myself very lucky to have seen them.


Dartford Warbler








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Wood Warbler







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Hope you enjoyed the post.


And enjoy the rest of your day.




Monday, 1 May 2017

Last ones from April




A new month, so time to get a bit up to date. These are a few from April:




My usual companion on most of my picture forays is Whisky.




Patiently waiting, while I get amongst some nettles, to get a few pictures.







Bluebell









Bugle







He's equally patient when I'm stalking a bird for a picture.






Whitethroat










Grey Plover











Bar-tailed Godwit











Skylark












Common Sandpiper











Moorhen, feeding a young one.






He's a real star.






I'll end on a little skirmish between a Black-headed Gull, and what I think is a juvenile Herring Gull.














Enjoy your day




Thursday, 20 April 2017

Some Warblers ............. and others



The last few days have been quite warm and sunny here; apart from today, it's raining.
But when the sun shines, it seems to bring out the birds, and at the moment, a lot of them are in fine voice.






Chiffchaff









Willow Warbler










Blackcap










Whitethroat











Wren





Spring migration is in full swing too, with Swallows and Martins skimming over the local lake.






Swallow












Sand Martin









House Martin




The next bird is a bit bigger .............








Jay






The spring flowers are bursting into bloom now.




Garden Yellow-archangel; probably a garden escapee








Cuckooflower










Common Cornsalad










Meadow Buttercup









Bulbous Buttercup









And a few butterflies on the wing too







Orange Tip, enjoying some Garlic Mustard







But one of my favourite spring/summer birds at this time of the year though, is the Yellow Wagtail; an absolute stunner, glowing in the sunlight.












Enjoy the rest of your week