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, 31 January 2009


It’s Saturday, it’s sunny, I’ve just finished work, and a couple of days off are beckoning. And the weather forecast? Snow! Typical. A couple of days off to go out and explore with the camera, and the weather decides to go all nasty. Maybe I’ll stay and photograph the garden visitors instead.

Just had a gang of Long Tailed Tits come swooping in, with a few Starlings; and earlier a female Blackcap hanging off the fat balls, doing a wonderful impression of a Blue Tit. Not so bad then.

I’ll check back later.

Mrs. Blackcap on the fat balls

Followed by the Long Tailed Tit Invasion

Thursday, 29 January 2009


“So yer a twitcher then.”

“No. I watch birds.”

“Same thing.”

“No it aint.”

“What’s the difference then?”

“A twitcher goes all over the place, searching out the rare ones, and ticking them off a list. Common ones too; but once they’ve been ‘ticked’, no further interest.”

“You’ve got a list haven’t you?”

“Yea, but that’s just so I know what I’ve seen, and where.”

“Rare ones?”

“A few.”

“Same thing then. Yer a twitcher!”

I’m not! I can happily stand and watch the behaviour of the ‘umble Sparrow, or Seagulls soaring and fighting for food, or…….”

“Yer a mad twitcher then.”

Wednesday, 28 January 2009


Well, it’s raining, and work beckons. Shopping to do later, nothing exciting, just the essentials of life…….food. I feel this is going to be a miserable day.

A brighter note for later though; a friend at work tells me of a Barn Owl that frequently flies near the field he keeps his horse. I feel a visit coming on.

Short today, and no pictures; such is the depressing nature of the day.

Hope yours is better.

Monday, 26 January 2009

A first for me

Had a wander round my local patch this morning, Caldecote Lake, and I’m glad I did. Saw a bird I’ve never seen before; a Bittern. He was being mobbed by over 20 Black-headed Gulls, poor chap, and I must admit I was cheering him on as he eventually found peace and sanctuary in some reeds. I did get a few pictures, but what would have been the best one, I managed to clip his wing. Oh well, can’t win ‘em all.

Sunday, 25 January 2009

Another day

Well when this week is gone, it’ll be February. Time certainly seems to go at a faster pace as you gain the years under your belt.

Did my garden bird watch yesterday, and logged my results at the RSPB. Still today to go if you haven’t done yours yet. Worth doing; I even found out how big my garden was. I went out and measured it out of curiosity. I knew it came under the category ‘small’, but I thought it was wider than fifteen feet, (give or take a few inches). Still, I managed to get ten different species drop by in the hour I counted. Ten more than I used to get, so heading in the right direction.
Couple of things I noticed too. Mrs. Blackbird, a regular visitor, had a handsome male friend with her; maybe spring is on its way.

And the regular pair of Magpie’s were joined by another, much to the disgust of one of them.

A game of chase round the garden ensued each time he/she appeared, annoying the Starlings who were more intent in squabbling with each other.

These shenanigans were very off putting whilst concentrating on hogging all the food.

I don’t know if anyone is reading any of this, but if you do stumble onto here, enjoy whatever you have you planned for the rest of the day.
By the looks of the weather outside this morning, I won’t be doing very much.

Friday, 23 January 2009

Coming up......

Hey, it's the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch tomorrow and Sunday.

You gonna have a go?

Only takes an hour.

Just record the highest number of each species seen in your garden (not flying over) at any one time.

Then submit your results online to RSPB


And a great way to spend an hour.

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Trust me it’s Thursday

Despite what yesterdays date says, it wasn’t; it was the next day. And today is definitely Thursday.
What am I on about? Well, for some reason the header on the top of yesterdays says it was Tuesday. Now, I’m either doing something wrong, or I’ve found a way of going back in time.

Somehow I think my ancestors are safe from a visit from me.

It’s the Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend, by the RSPB. This link tells you all about it, if you don’t know already. HERE

I have a feeling it’s going to be a biggie.

Here’s a quick question to have a think about.
Are you a Birdwatcher, a Birder or a Twitcher?

I may pop back later……..

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

A little light reading

I bought a book yesterday. "Oh well done you", you might think. Well, yea; well done me. Not often I read books, apart from a bird guide when I've seen something that has me stumped. The last book I read was 'Dear Boy, The Life of Keith Moon'. A hefty tome, but well worth the read.

No, my reading habits these days are usually confined to the odd photography magazine, or birdwatching magazine. The book in question is, 'How to be a bad bird watcher', by Simon Barnes, and I'm finding it very enjoyable. Very witty, and his enthusiasm for his subject really shines through. Well worth the investment in money, and time.

Well, the dreaded lurgy is finally leaving me to get on with my life, without the need for headache tablets and flu remedies, so I may be able to get back out and take some pictures without looking like a Michelin Man, with all the layers of clothes supressing the body heat and fighting off the cold air.

In best television presenters voice..........."here's one I took earlier"

I took this one, along with a host of others, a few days ago, when the temperature fell, along with some snow; although looking at it, the snow is not visible. The sun was making a chilly appearance, along with the birds. An endearing little chap the Blue Tit.

And to prove the snow was around, here's one of his cousin, the Coal Tit; looking like a mountaineer on the summit.

I think that'll do it for now, but be warned, now I've mastered the art of uploading pictures, you could be in for some more.

Whatever you’re doing today, do it well.

On a roll

Second day, and I’ve managed to have a look round. I think I know what I’m doing now.

Yesterday was spent feeling a bit sorry for myself, off work with a lousy cold. That’s four days I’ve had this, and felt like doing nothing. Even taking the dog for his walk and run has been an effort, but he has to go; and the fresh air must do me some good.

Well the day perked up when the invasion of Long Tailed Tits turned up for their regular assault on the feeders in the garden. Guaranteed to put a smile on the face, with their acrobatic antics. They swoop in from nowhere, (nine has been top count so far), for a feeding frenzy of about a minute, and then take off, probably raiding somewhere else. Three or four times a day, and always welcome. Like furry balls on sticks; how can you not love ‘em?
Another regular visitor is a Dunnock, and yesterday, to my surprise, two turned up. I wonder if love is in the air?
Now to some people this might not sound so special, but believe me, for a small garden that up to last May hardly had a bird fly over it, yet alone land in it, I find it amazing and very rewarding. But more of that another time. For now, a bit more watching, before I go back to work.

Whatever you’re doing today, have a good one.

Monday, 19 January 2009

First one

Morning; or it is here as I compose this.

The first of maybe many; some thoughts, observations and pictures of the piece of world around me seen through my eyes and the lens of my camera.

Short post, because I need to try and get my head around all of this.
For now, enjoy the day.

And thanks to Geoff for the profile pic :)