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, 29 December 2012

End of the year show

It's that time; give or take a couple of days.

This year has got to be one of the best I've had. Had some great days out with Trevor, some great mornings round the local lake, and some excellent visits to north Wales.
Met a lot of people there, and made some good acquaintances.
I've seen some fantastic birds, and seen some great animal behaviour.

I'll post a couple of pictures I've not posted before, but the main thing is the video.
At 13 minutes it's a bit on the long side, but persevere, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did putting it all together.

I've tried to cram as much into it as possible, so pour yourself a drink of your choice, sit back, and I do hope you enjoy it.



Slavonian Grebe

Red Admiral

and now, some of the highlights.

See you all in 2013; hopefully.

Tuesday, 25 December 2012


Special birds for a special day.

A large group have checked in at the Hilton Hotel, just down the road from me, so after wandering the local lake this morning, I stopped off to take some pictures.

I took hundreds.

Here's a few I've sorted so far, and a short video at the end.


A perfect Christmas present. I hope your's was as good.

Saturday, 22 December 2012


I think a lot of people think of Tiggywinkles as a hedgehog rescue place; and, yes,  they are. But they are so much more than that. They are a Wildlife Hospital. They care for sick and injured hedgehogs, badgers, foxes, deer, wild birds, reptiles and amphibians.
They are open for wildlife casualties, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That costs a lot of money, they are a registered charity, and also rely on the generosity of the public.

Click here for a link to their website.

I paid a visit on Friday, it's near Aylesbury, and took some food, and bits and pieces with me, and then had a look round the Visitor Centre.

A lot of animals are still undergoing treatment, and obviously these can't be seen.
But a lot can.

A large pond,

where various ducks, geese, gulls and Herons that have been injured or sick at some time, now recuperate.

Even healthy wild birds drop in from time to time.

In one of the large aviaries, two female Ravens live quite happily together.

Neither could survive in the wild, but they seem to love the company of visitors. I was told to talk to them when I saw them. I did, and they seemed content to listen, and observe this strange thing looking at them. I'm told they even mimic some of the sounds they hear. One of them being the sound of Red Kites.

There are three very large aviaries for these magnificent birds that have at some time been injured, or become sick.

One large aviary is for the birds that will never be able to be released into the wild, for various reasons.
A second is for birds that are gradually recuperating, able to fly, but still not 100% fit.
And the third is for the birds that will very soon be able to fly free again.

One big enclosure houses injured Badgers. Being nocturnal animals, I didn't manage to see these, but another, separate, large enclosure houses some Foxes.

Not often you can get to see these beauties up close,

and going about their daily lives.

Areas for Deer, (some I could see, and some I couldn't), and other areas with various wild birds, hedgehogs, and goodness knows what else.

The thing to remember is, it is not a zoo. All the animals here are being cared for and will eventually, wherever possible, be released back into the wild. Some, who's injuries are too severe to enable them to be able to survive in the wild, will stay here, and receive the care, attention and love they need, to live out the rest of their lives.

Every visit will be different. Some animals will have left to go back to doing what they should; be free and wild.
And sadly, some new animals will be here. Sick and injured animals. But they will be lucky in a way, because they will be getting the best care available to them.

And lots of love.


If you live nearby, pay Tiggywinkles a visit. If you live far away, then make a day of it.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012


Well, if the Mayan's are right, yes.

If not, I'll be back after Friday.

So, some pictures.

I hope I don't duplicate any of these from my other blog. The first one I know I've posted before on my local lake blog, but I was so pleased to get this close to my nemesis bird.

 Kingfisher. One I'm really happy with.

I went looking for some Waxwings that were near to where I live one day. I did get a few pictures, but here's one of a different bird, that I like just as much.

A handsome male Bullfinch.

A sunrise that was quite impressive a few days ago ......

and a rainbow, the same day, at the local lake.

Since I mentioned Waxwings, I suppose I'd better include a couple of my efforts.

 I love the punk hairstyles these birds have.

Nearly done.


 Great Tit

Black-headed Gull

And a couple from today, to finish on.


See ya ..........


Thursday, 13 December 2012

Fox on the ice

About time I did something on here.

As I pulled into a very cold, and frosty car park at the local lake yesterday, Trevor pulled in too.

After I fed the Crows, and we looked at the feeders, we made our way round the lake.
Minus six, a thick hoar frost, and blue sunny skies.

A perfect day.

So much to see and take pictures of. And lots of birds too.

A Goldfinch on a very frozen and frosty Teasel.

Quite a few different birds were seen during the visit; (I made it 46), but I think the real star was a stunning fox.

Quite a bit of the lake had frozen in various places, and at the far end of the south lake a few ducks were swimming close to ice, and a group of gulls were stood out on the ice.
And this had attracted the attention of a fox. There is a small island at the far end, and the fox was on the island, carefully sniffing the ice before checking out the possibilities of breakfast.

Once he had decided  the ice was strong enough to take his weight, he proceeded to march across the ice.

A real beauty, and looked in very good condition. A bit of a dangerous thing to do, but he seemed to know what he was doing. Hungry, or just very curious? Well he didn't catch anything, and eventually made his way back to the island.

A real treat to see such a beautiful animal so close.

A shortish video to end with.

Enjoy your day

Tuesday, 4 December 2012


Well, it's the month of that time of the year when most of the country get all excited, spend loads of money they ain't got, eat too much, drink too much and generally go mad. Just another day here then.

Here's a bird that sums up the time of year, sans snow.

That'll be my references to the time of year done; now back to usual.


Mute Swan cygnet. I don't usually mess about with pictures like this, but I couldn't help myself.

Tufted Duck

Different angle on a Tufted Duck

Common Gull, with a Black-headed Gull sneaking in, and another Tufty.

and last one is a pair of gulls, that I wasn't sure of the ID; but I've been told by a few people they are

1st winter Herring Gulls, arguing over food.

Enjoy your week, whatever you're doing.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

It's a weekend

Happy weekend to everyone.

Here's a few.





Pied Wagtail

Common Gull

Have a good weekend

Saturday, 24 November 2012

A few

About time I made the effort and did something here. Managed a few days out to various places recently with Trevor, and a few wanderings around a flooded local lake. And in between all that a cloud of lethargy has hung over me. I think it's the time of year. My annual depressions set in round about now, and the 'world' news doesn't help.
I don't have a problem with mankind wanting to destroy each other; the human race has done that since we crawled out of the sea; but stop the cruelty to the animals we share the planet with.

Ok, moan over; on with the pictures.

A smiling Mallard

Grey Wagtail

One of the family of Mute Swans from my local lake


Here's one Jan might like; Grey Heron

Some strange looking Mallards from Frampton Marsh

Snipe, from one of my other local lakes; Willen

Black-tailed Godwit

Tufted Duck, having a shake

Cormorant preparing to dive

And I'll finish on a short video clip, of a Black-headed Gull stamping his feet, to simulate rain falling, so he can catch unsuspecting worms coming up to the surface. I remember doing one of these once before, but I always find them fascinating to watch.

Enjoy the days, keep warm, and keep dry.