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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.


  1. Hi Keith, enjoyed watching the video, some great memories for you from your last year, great stuff.

  2. A great round up. Thanks for all your efforts and here's to an equally successful 2013.

  3. Thanks Gary. I hope next year is as good. :-)

    Cheers Adrian. A magical 12 months for me.

  4. Super review of the past year Keith. Lots of special moments and some beautiful images, not too sure about that old geezer getting out of breath and struggling to stand up!...lol

    And there were a few glimpses of the sun in there somewhere, just goes to show it didn't rain for the whole year, just most of it!!!

    Lets hope that next year will be just as good, or even better...I'm looking forward to it already!...[;o)

  5. Thanks Trevor. Had some great moments during the year. Not sure who that bloke was .... lol

  6. happy new year. lets hope for some better light!!

  7. Cheers Pete; I certainly hope so, and a bit less rain.

  8. Very good video Keith, good selection off subjects and you even managed some sunlight!

    Look forward to next years,

    Happy New Year

  9. For what ever reason I can never seem to watch videos, I tried switching Browsers, I think it's my old Flash Player, I'll try and download new flash player, Great images Kieth, hopefully it might stop raining in 2013..I doubt it though :)

  10. really enjoyed the video. lots of wonderful moments and laughs and beauty. enjoyed all the bird calls, too.

    sweet jim...

  11. Lovely glimpses into your year Keith! Loved the dancing Common Gull and I never realised that Great Crested Grebes did it underwater! A lovely round-up.
    Wishing you a Happy New Year and let's hope that 2013 is slightly less damp!
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  12. What a very enjoyable compilation Keith and so beautifully put together, you really have had a remarkable wildlife year. I think I spied Trevor enjoying the Lavender! Thank you for including the Heron and that lovely little singing Robin and it was lovely to see Jim enjoying his holiday in Wales too.

  13. Thanks Bob. Glad you enjoyed it.

    Cheers Doug. Shame you missed the video, I was really pleased with it.

    Thank you Theresa. Although I lost Jim this year, his last months in Wales were really good for him. I had to include him. :-)

    Thanks John. It's been a good year. Hopefully the next one won't be so wet.

    Thanks Jan. Glad you enjoyed it. A very memorable year for me; in lots of ways. Lots of memories of Jim in Wales too.

  14. What a pleasant video you had made, it is full of birds and butterflies. Well done Keith.

  15. Wonderful set of images and a great video Keith.
    Hope you see plenty in 2013

  16. Great year and great video.. so glad it's been good for you Keith...happy next year too.... :D

  17. I thoroughly enjoyed the 13 minutes of the video having fun. It was a great idea to compile it. Was the emerald green bird which flashed in one of the shots (3:11) a kingfisher?

    Good luck in your new adventures in 2013! :)

  18. Been such a long hard year for me, I hope its all downhill from this point...drama is NOT what I like in my life. WORK has gotten in the way of my travels to other areas, but that wont last forever so I look very forward to that time when IM footloose like you Keith!
    ITS been a great yr of photos tho, Ive enjoyed so much seeing the lake and reading about the silly swans and the Boat People and the floods, and the rats..Fun stuff..and there was some sad news when you lost Jim....we've all had our ups n downs...
    BIG Hug for the NEW YR!!

  19. Thank you Bob. Glad you enjoyed the video. It took a while to do, but I think it was worth it.

    Thanks Roy. I can only hope next year will be as good; apart from all the rain lol

    Thanks Tricia. And all the best to you too.

    Thanks Petra. Yea, the quick flash at that point was a Kingfisher leaving its nest. Sadly it got flooded out a couple of weeks later.

    Thanks Sondra. I can thoroughly recommend being footloose lol
    I'm glad you've enjoyed sharing my year, and it was sad losing Jim this year; but he had great times in Wales, and I've some lovely memories and video of him.
    All the best for next year.

  20. Not to forget the terrific photos you've taken this year Keith, plus all the wonderful clips of animal behaviour.
    Have as great a year in 2013.

  21. Thanks John. All the best to you too. :-)

  22. Wonderful to watch Keith and I knew Jim would feature in there at some point.
    Looking forward to 2013 which hopefully will be a bit drier.

    All the best Andrew.

  23. I enjoyed the video. Looks like you're out in all kinds of weather, and thanks to you I was able to watch from the comfort of my chair. I loved the ritual bird dances.

  24. Great shots and video - nice to see a lot of birds I don't see any more. Have to say I love the Smew - always was one of my favourite birds.

    Cheers and have a good New Year - Stewart M - Melbourne

  25. Thank you Andrew. Yea, Jim has been a big part of my life; had to include one of his happier moments.

    Thank you JoLynne. I do like to get out when I can. I don't like being indoors much. lol

    Thanks Stewart, glad it brought back some memories. The male Smew is a stunning bird.
    I guess it's 2013 there now?

  26. A good collection to end the year, Keith. Happy New Year!

  27. Choy Wai, thank you.
    All the best to you and your family for the new year.

  28. Fantastic video Keith. Really enjoyed watching that. Have a great new year.

  29. Thanks Adam, glad you enjoyed it.
    All the best for 2013

  30. Really enjoyed the video, so many beautiful birds. Hope you have a fantastic 2013. From Findlay

  31. Some wonderful photos, and I really enjoyed watching your video. Terrific seeing various bird and animal behaviour ... it was a great idea to pick highlights from your year and sharing them with us. It's already 2013 where you are; we have 7 hours left of the old year still!

    Wishing you a happy and healthy new year, with many photo opps!

  32. Thank you Findlay, glad you enjoyed the video. All the best to you for this new year. May you see lots of birds, and have some great memories.

    Thanks Glo. Hope you have a great new year when it gets to you. It's here now, much like the old one so far, without the rain. :-)