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Friday, 31 December 2010

Looking back

I guess it’s the time of year to look back; the highs and the lows.

Well, I’ll do it quickly. The lows, would have to be my heart attack. Yea, I think I can safely say that was my lowest point  lol

And the highs? Well, the heart attack was the start of a high spot. 
Once I could get mobile, I lived each day like it was the last. I went out nearly every day, and somewhere new. I saw so many birds I would have normally missed, and visited a lot of places I wouldn’t usually have had time to.

I did slow down a bit eventually, and started to visit my local lake, on an almost daily basis. I knew it pretty well anyway, but I found myself spending so much time there, I was beginning to know it better than my own garden.
I got to know some great people there too. The dog walkers, the joggers, and of course, some of the other birders that I began to see more and more often.
And I started a new blog on 21st August, just about the lake, and what I’d seen; this year.
A total of 96 different species.

And talking of numbers; my total sightings for this year, in the UK, 156.

For 2011, I’ve no idea what’s going to happen. Rumours of redundancy at work, is the biggest thing on the horizon. If that happens, at least I can do more bird watching, and picture taking. Yea, I like that idea.

I might beat the year list, but I might not. I’ll still keep a list, but I ain’t no twitcher, so I don’t expect to bust this years.

Anyway, I put together a 5 minute  video, of some great moments from this year, when I was fortunate enough to have my little video camera with me.

It shows a Nightingale singing, a Grasshopper Warbler warbling, a Heron balancing on a fence, some Swans having fun sliding down a weir, two Great Crested Grebes locked in battle, (they both survived), a baby Blue Tit leaving the nest box for the first time, and a Nightingale singing again.

Hope you enjoy it

And finally I’d like to wish everyone who drops by, good health and good luck for 2011.


  1. Loved the video. Felt as if I'd been on the path with you. Wishing you good health and happiness in the new year.

  2. Thank you Linda. Best wishes to you for the New Year.

  3. Hi Keith....Asolutely wonderful the video...so love the Swans"how cute is that" lol : }
    Lovely words too!!
    I hope for you to have a wonderful year ahead of you!!
    New Years Hugs to you my friend!!

  4. You have a Good Year too Keith.

  5. Thanks grammie. Lets hope for a great year :)

    Thank you Adrian. All the best in your travels for 2011.

  6. Super video Keith.
    My best wishes for the New Year and I look forward to reading, and watching, more of your adventures from around the lake :)
    Have a great 2011.

  7. Brilliant video clips Keith. Amazing to see a Heron walking along the fence and the Swans with their very own version of Alton Towers. The nightingale song is beautiful.

    Very best wishes for a calmer 2011 Keith.

  8. Thanks Trevor. All the best to you and your family for 2011.

    John, thank you. I've had a great year, loved almost every moment lol
    All the best to you and Bobby for 2011

  9. Top video Keith, love those surfing Swans! All the best for 2011.


  10. Cheers Paul.
    All the best to you and your family for 2011.

  11. I wish you a good luck and fitness for 2011, have a savety, nice time, big hugh Kathrin

  12. All my best wishes for this New Year Keith ! Hope it will be filled only with highs and no more lows :))

  13. Thanks for the "Look Back" Keith. Looking forward to your photographs and discoveries in 2011.

  14. Best wishes for 2011 for you Keith, look forward to more great posts on your blog.

  15. Happy New Year. Great video and retirement is great just ask Boom. We're so busy that I need an appointment calendar, and then half of what I planned doesn't get done. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River.

  16. Thank you Keith, for sharing this wonderful video. I could listen to the Nightingale all day and fall asleep to his song. I'm glad to have found your blog full of rest...at least I feel rested coming here. You have shared your 'heart' without even knowing it.
    BlessYourHeart and A Healthy 2011 to You

  17. Kathrin, thank you. I hope the New Year is a great one for you and your family

    Thank you Pescalune. All the very best wishes for you too, in the New Year :) xx

    Thank you Roy. I hope it’s going to be even better.
    All the best to you and your family.

    Thank you Bob. All the very best to you too.

    Thanks Gary. I can’t wait for the day I retire :)
    All the best to you and Boomer. Have a great 2011.

    Thank you Dar. You are very kind.
    All the best to you and your family for 2011

  18. Such wonderful moments caught on video. Thank you for that.

    Wishing you all of the very best for the New Year, Keith.

  19. Thank you Hilary.
    All the very best to you and your family for 2011.

  20. Wonderful video! I think we have to have some 'lows' to truly enjoy the 'highs'. I wish you many more exciting photo ops in 2011 and I will eagerly wait for you to share them with us.

  21. I wish you health, first of all....and then to be happy...and to have the greatest year of your life!
    Happy New Year, my friend!
    A gift for you...my little blackbird song:

  22. Karen, thank you. All the best to you and your family, for the New Year.

    Thank you Wind; and a lovely video.
    Best wishes to you and your family for the New Year.

  23. The video is great! The melody of the nightingales song is so lovley and reminds me to the next spingtime:-)) The surfing swans are funny and realy sportive. Keith, you have had a hard year in 2010. But you have never give up and you have found some new aspects and qualities of life. Thank you for sharing your bird and wildlife experiences and images with us! For the new year I wish you and your nice dog all the best! See you..... hugs from Luzia.

  24. Lucy, thank you for your very kind words.
    I wish you and your family, all the very best for the New Year.

  25. Happy New Year Keith.
    Hope you have an outstanding 2011.
    Happy Birding.

  26. Thank you John.
    All the very best to you and Sue for the coming year.

  27. and all I got was a knee repair ;) Glad your healthy and keep it up for the New Year.

  28. Hope the repair was a good one Dale lol

    All the very best to you and your family, for the new year. :)

  29. Keith that's a terrific video to end the year on! What a treat it has been following your
    blog(s)this year and thank you for the wonderful comments over at mine...Happy New Year!!!

  30. Dixxe, thank you. I've had a great year, apart from the shaky start lol
    Best wishes to you for a great New Year; and many more.

  31. All the best for 2011 Keith. I really enjoyed your video thanks for sharing it.
    Best wishes Andrew

  32. Thank you Andrew. Have a great 2011 too.

  33. One of the best things was finding your blog & your beautiful pictures this year,God bless you in this coming year & may you discover new & interesting birds to share with us,phylliso

  34. Keith, I am so inspired by this post! You took an event that many people would have never seen the positive side of and made it into a wonderful and fulfilling life change. I pray for you daily, friend, for your health and gold light and patient birds. :)

    I'll never forget the cheeky little robin who perched on your hand!

    Happy New Year - may the best be yet to come for you! :) Hugs!!

  35. Thank you phylliso; that's very kind of you to say that. I'm glad you enjoy your visits :)

    Thank you Jen. I had a good year with all that time off work. I hope this year can be as good.
    That Robin was a real tonic; great medicine.
    Thank you, and all the very best for you in 2011.

  36. video is great! do you carry a notebook with you to keep track of all you see? you are one in a million.

    out of bad experience comes some good. because of your experience, you got out and explored and looked at life differently and cherished it more. same as me with going through cancer and beating it.

    yeah us!!

  37. Thank you Doreen. Yea, I write the birds down in a pocket diary; my memory is terrible, especially with all the tablets I take lol

    Yea us! The only way to deal with stuff like that; get out, and live :)

  38. Thoroughly enjoyed your video! Amazing to hear the birds, see the heron walking on the fence, and the swans sliding down ~ I've never seen that behaviour before, so it was a real treat. All the best in 2011!

  39. Thanks Glo. Glad you enjoyed it.
    All the very best wishes to you, for 2011.

  40. Loved the video. Felt like I was right there and I cant wait for spirng. Hope all goes well in 2011 and you do get more birding in.
    All the best of health to you also.

  41. Dear Keith,

    May 2011 be a healthy and happy year for you. You have a positive energy and I've learned from my personal experience that this positive energy is always the most important weapon against the problems in life.

    Best regards,

  42. Thank you Lisa. I'm looking forward to spring too :)

    Thank you for your comment Müge. I hope your year is a healthy and good one too.