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Saturday, 31 December 2011

Goodbye 2011

I guess it's traditional this time of the year, to reflect back on what's happened.

Bugger! If only I was better organised.

Have no fear though, I did a highlight thing for the other blog, Caldecotte Lake; my local.

I've posted that, so if you want to have a look, trip on over there.


If you're still here, then I'll wish you a very happy new year.


A few quick highlights this year, for me, were:


Meeting, and spending a few days in the company of Adrian. Hope to do it again soon.

Some great days out in the company of Trevor. More again this coming year too, hopefully.

The days away, in Wales. Bird watching heaven! Thank you Jan. I can't wait to come back; if you'll have me.

A BIG thank you to all the people who follow this little bit of my life on the web, and all the people who leave their comments.

And last but not least, all the fantastic birds and other wildlife, that have made this year so memoriable for me.


I'll try to be more organised in 2012, and I'll probably start taking the medication again too.


Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Trio for WBW

Had to dig deep into the archives for these, for the last WBW of the year.




Lapwing





Little Ringed Plover





Redshank


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Apologies if you've seen them before.



Take a wander over to The Pine River Review, for lots more birds from around the world.





Enjoy the rest of your day.


Monday, 26 December 2011

A trio

From a few weeks ago.



Chaffinch




Dunnock




Nuthatch



Enjoy whatever you do after Christmas


Friday, 23 December 2011

Friday Flowers

For Friday Flowers, how about an archive shot; but something to look forward to nonetheless.

To quote from one of Wordsworth's great poems, from 1804


a host of golden daffodils, 
beside the lake, beneath the treees,
fluttering and dancing in the breeze




Enjoy your day, whatever you are doing.

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Christmas is coming up, and although I'm not one to get excited by it all these days, here's a card anyway, from Jim and myself, to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.




Wednesday, 21 December 2011

A quick mid week post.

A random selection of flight pictures, for the penultimate WBW of the year; and the last one before Christmas.




Canada Geese





 Mute Swan




 and again. Good, big subjects to practice on.





 Oystercatcher





 Mallards





Grey Heron




Lots more pictures from around the world, over at WBW.






Enjoy your day,
the rest of your week,
and your Christmas.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Single Sunday

Goodness me, Sunday is nearly over. I almost forgot.

Oh well, here's today's..



Blue Tit


Enjoy the rest of Sunday.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Friday Flowers

A quick post today. From the archives, Field Scabious.






Enjoy your day.

The first of the winter snow is falling here, and settling. A blood test later.

Be safe

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Siskin

A lovely little bird I've been fortunate to see quite a bit of recently.




In all plumages they show obvious green or yellow markings but can be told from the larger Greenfinches by the yellow bars across the mainly black wings. They have a distinctly forked tail and a long narrow bill. The male has a streaky yellow-green body and a black crown and bib.




The female does not have a black crown, or bib, and is more heavily streaked; whilst juveniles have browner upperparts, and are even more heavily streaked than the female.






For more birds from around the world, visit Dave, at WBW.







Monday, 12 December 2011

Monday Macro

At least I got the day right this time; but I can't for the life of me think what this was.




Another from the vaults.


Enjoy your day.


Sunday, 11 December 2011

Single Sunday


An archive shot from the summer. It seems so long ago now.



Ringlet


Enjoy your day.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Just a few

A random selection from my last visit to Wales.



Three birds symbolise Wales for me; the Red Kite, the Raven, and this beauty, the Buzzard
Every day I would see these magnificent birds doing what they do best; riding the air.






Curlew
Relentless rain, and gusts of wind up to 80 mph. Not the best of conditions, but I'm glad I went out.





Coal Tit. An energetic little bird.




Yellowhammer. A bird of the countryside and farmlands, that is on our red list, and in decline in some areas.

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and finally, for now,


Nuthatch. A bird that always reminds me of a bandit, with that black eye stripe.
The only European bird that can scramble head first down a tree trunk.


Enjoy the rest of your day.


Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Monday Macro

From the archives



Six-spot Burnett Moth


Enjoy your day

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Oooops, I've just realised it's Tuesday.
What happened to Monday?



Tuesday, 22 November 2011

A mix for WBW

Like the title says, a mix for WBW, hosted by Dave, at the Pine River Review.


I'll start with a bird that's caused a bit of excitement where I live.




A juvenile Great Northern Diver; or Loon, as they are known over the pond. A fabulous bird, that has been here at my local lake for a week now. Usually seen around our coast at this time of year, and very occasionally inland. A great visitor, and a lifer for me.


Another great 'fisher', and a bit more common, is the Grey Heron.




Always good to see this large bird, but not always easy to capture with the camera.




He thought I couldn't see him here.


The Cormorant is another fish eating bird, that a lot of fishermen could do without, at their fishing grounds.




Probably because they can catch fish better than them.


The Black-headed Gull, will also eat fish.




In fact, he'll eat almost anything. A real chancer. When people throw bread for the ducks, chances are, they'll be there too; trying to steal it from the Mallards.




I'll finish with a pair of birds that were so common at one time, people wouldn't give them a second glance.
Now, however, in this country they are in serious decline, despite their inroads into most countries of the world.

Passer domesticus, or the House Sparrow.





See more birds from around the world at WBW





Saturday, 19 November 2011

Great Northern Diver; Saturday Special


A Great Northern Diver turned up at my local, Caldecotte Lake, on Wednesday afternoon, and has caused great excitement amongst the local birders, and some from a little further afield too.



 A juvenile, that has decided to spend a few days here, in Milton Keynes.


They eat fish, naturally, which they dive for, usually in deep water.
The weird thing is, the water level of the lake had dropped considerably; strangely enough the night before he arrived.




A good two feet of the overall water level had drained away into the River Ouzel.
Considering the overall distance around the lake, is 4.2 km, that's a lot of water.


The official reason, from Anglia Water, I was told by a  third party, was that the computerised sluice gate, that controls the flow in times of need, (after all, Caldecotte is one of 11 balancing lakes here), had stuck open Tuesday night, allowing the water to flow away.
Coincidently, (some might think), it was reported on the Wednesday, that Anglia Water had applied to the Environment Agency to be allowed to drain water from some rivers, into its reservoirs, because they are low.

I'm so cynical at times.


But back to this fabulous bird.



 It's a bird that usually winters around our coast, and occasionally inland.



 How long it will stay, is anyone's guess.






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Enjoy your weekend

Friday, 18 November 2011

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Some recent pictures

For WBW, which is 1 year old.



Greylag Goose




Carrion Crow




 Dunnock




 Blue Tit




 Robin




Great Tit


More great birds from around the world, over at Dave's, at WBW