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Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Some away days

I've just spent a few days in the company of fellow blogger, Adrian; he of Adrian's Images fame.

If you don't already follow his blog, you should. He's an extremely witty gentleman, excellent photographer, and wonderful host; along with his travelling companions, Molly and Alfie.

I met up with him at a secluded campsite,

 in Patterdale, close to Ullswater


 in the Lake District.

It's been about 30 years since I've been in this part of the country, and the weather couldn't have been better. Wall to wall sunshine, high temperatures, and not too many people about.

Ullswater is only a few minutes walk from where we were parked, so daily visits to the shore were a must. The usual Canada Geese and Greylag Geese, along with Mallard and Mute Swans, and a life tick for me; a pair of Red Breasted Mergansers.

A poor shot of the male. They would insist on keeping well away from the shore unfortunately, but at least I managed a record shot.

And running right by the campsite, a fast moving stream, with its own small waterfall.

Now on a fast moving stream, could there possibly be a bird I've not seen for over 30 years?

Adrian knew there was; and on the first visit there, we found one.

 A Dipper.

I was so pleased to see one of these birds again. A fascinating bird, and one I'd get to see a few more times, before I left for home.


  1. love adrian's traveling companions! how nice to share your birding adventures with a fellow blogger!

  2. Thanks texwisgirl. They're great companions.

  3. Lovely post Keith, Im glad you both had a great trip.
    116 miles from my house to Keswick in the lakes often travelled and the reason I called myself the constantwalker when I started blogging etc.
    Patterdale and Glenridding by Ullswater are lovely places to visit.
    Hellvelyn reached by Striding Edge is one of the UK's great adventures.
    Glad you had a great time mate..take care.

  4. Two bloggers together with photographing deep inside them, beautiful pictures.

  5. Hi Keith...I am so happy that you had a great time away, but boy did I miss you!!! : }}
    To bad Jim couldn't have visited with Adrian's travel buddies..lol
    The place is just beautiful and a plus there for your trip to see the Red Breasted Merganser
    and the Dipper!!
    Looking forward to more about your trip!!
    Welcome home Hugs!!

  6. Greta shots, especially like the Dipper.

  7. Thanks for posting a link to Adrian's Blog!!!
    I thought your captures of the Red Breasted Mergansers was fabulous. Nice "reflection".:)

  8. ...that looks like a pretty snazzy camper! Looks like you had a great time. I'll have to head over to your friend's blog to have a look. Love the Dipper shots (and the very cute doggies!).

  9. What a relaxing, beautiful post :)
    I can hear the happiness out of it :)
    I love the Dipper and the Merganser. Both beautiful!
    Adrian looks like a genuine person and the dogs look mightily at home in the 'wilderness' :)

  10. Looks like you had a good few days Keith. It’s a great part of the country, especially when the sun shines! lol.
    Super photos of Molly and Alfie :)

  11. Glad you spend a cool time - sounds great and the landscape looks really beautiful with awesome woods ;) !
    Lovely pictures you brought us back ! :)

  12. Your so lucky to see that Dipper Keith. Fabulous shots as well.

  13. I knew it! I absolutely knew you would come home with a Dipper. About half an hour ago I thought 'must go and see if Keith got a Dipper'!!! :) I'm very envious having never seen one and not likely to around here although having said that there was one in the Winter about 20 miles away from me.

    Well done on the R-b Mergansers too.

    Glad you are back safe and sound Keith :)

    It sounds like you had a great time.

    Lovely doggie photos also.

  14. Thanks Andrew. I wondered how your blog title came about.
    It certainly is a beautiful part of the country.

    Thanks Bob. We had a great time.

    Thanks grammie. I'd love to have taken Jim, but he doesn't travel very well. A shame.

    Thanks Bob. I was pleased with the Dipper shots I got.

    Thank you Jen. :)

    Thanks Jean. Yea, Adrian's blog is well worth a visit.

    Kelly, it was most enjoyable, and comfortable. Adrian's dogs are so well behaved. They keep still while we take pictures; but it's a different story if they get scent of a deer though, I'm told lol

    Thanks Nicole. It was good to get away for a few days, and in good company too.

    Cheers Trevor. Yea, we couldn't believe how good the weather was. Perfect.

    Pescalune, thank you. The campsite was surrounded by trees ;)
    I've a few hundred pictures to work through still lol

    Cheers Roy. I was over the moon seeing the Dipper, and got loads of pictures.

  15. OH wonderful that you took a holiday!! And in such a beautiful spot..is Adrian a full time RV'er? Awesome photos...Love the Dipper, saw an American Dipper on my last hike by the water but I was too slow on the shutter to catch him ---

  16. Thank you Jan. (your comment must have come through as I posted some replies)
    It was great to see the Dipper, and get pictures, on the first day. Second day I saw two! lol
    I've got so many pictures of them. I'll have enough pictures to last a few posts :)

  17. Thanks Sondra. A perfect rest, in perfect company.
    Yea, this is what Adrian does at the moment......lucky man!

  18. Enjoying the new comera I see, your photos are great. sounds like a lovely area to visit. I didn't know that England had a 'lake district.
    have a great Easter weekend.

  19. Great tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  20. Thanks for sharing your lakeside adventure. Beer, good company, good weather AND Dippers, what more could you want.
    We will be camping just north of Ulswater in a couple of months .. hope we have as much luck as you did.

  21. Thanks Ginger. Yea, the Lake District is a beautiful place. The problem is, so do a lot of other people think so, and it usually seems crowded everywhere. Best to get up with the sun, whilst most folk are still dreaming of the day.

    Thanks Gary. I'd need a few weeks there to do it justice.

    Frank, it was perfect. I'm sure you'll have a great time when you go.

  22. Blimey 30 years since you been in the Lake district, still I can't stand the crowds as you say, rather be at home than jostle along with the folk that come out once the sun SHINES... Glad you enjoyed your visit with a fellow blogger

  23. Great photos, Keith. Love your friends little dogs. Went to your friends blog to have a look.

  24. Sounds like a great trip Keith. I really like the Dipper shots.

  25. Thanks Debbie. Yea, 30 years......I should get out more often lol

    Thanks Horst. Adrian's dogs are little stars. :)

    Thanks Adam. We had a great time.

  26. Dropping over from Adrian's blog - Sounds like a perfect trip ... good company, peaceful surroundings, terrific photographic opportunities and sunny weather! Can't beat that for a holiday. Your photos are amazing!

  27. Glad you landed back in one piece.

  28. Thanks for your visit Glo, and your comment :)

    Cheers Adrian. Back to the usual now.
    Hope the sun is still shining there.

  29. A really good idea, to meet Adrian and made this trip to the Lake destict! I can`t believe, that you haven`t visit this phantastic landscape bevore (30 years???). Hugs from Luzia.

  30. It's always fun to read about blogging buddies meeting up. You each have such beautiful photography settings and excellent subjects. You make good team!

  31. Thanks Lucy. We had a great time, and it's always good to meet fellow bloggers :)

    Thanks Hilary. One of the great things of the internet I think; bringing people together.