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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Sunday, 28 April 2013

Another bunch

A little mixture from this month:


Herring Gulls




Silver estuary at Conwy

Meadow Pipit

Common Crane, nesting at WWT Slimbridge. These are wild birds.

Bewicks Swan. Wild too. They hadn't flown home then.

and finally

Primrose, growing wild.

Enjoy your day

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Birthday post

I've had 3 attempts at this, and none have showed on peoples blog lists, so if this don't work, then it will be my last post.

I've a mountain of pictures to post from my recent 'break', so I'll do just a few  for now.

Water Rail




Well, it's not perfect, but I liked the 'moment'.  Oystercatchers


The all singing Nuthatch

and finally


Have a good one

Friday, 12 April 2013

Still in Wales

I'm no landscape photographer; but I try.

And round here the views are just unbelievable. A lot of the time though, I find the camera doesn't do it justice.

Or maybe it's me, just crap.
But here's a few I've taken while I've been here. Sorry for the overload of snow scenes, but we've had rather a lot recently.

 Silver estuary

Into the sun at RSPB Conwy. A great place to see birds; and I've met some great people here too.

 Just down the road from where I'm staying. The snow has gone now, and soon the spring birds will be here; Redstarts and Pied Wagtails.

 A view from the cottage.
Taken on the last day of March, and still some snow clings to the mountains.

 Kinmel Bay.

Most of the north coast beaches are like this; beautiful sand.
It also has some excellent birds.

 One of my favorite places; Talacre. Point of Ayr.

A very busy seaside place, with lots of caravans and holiday makers; but get there early, and it's great for birds. Where I saw my first Snow Bunting.

The next batch were taken on a drive to the north coast. I passed through a place called Capel Curig, and the pictures don't do the place justice. It took my breath away.

The place I was heading to, is a well known 'bird place', called the Spinnies.

 One of the best places to see Kingfishers; apparently. I didn't see one though.

 The Tram line, on the Great Orme.

 The old copper mine, on the Great Orme.

Another great place for bird watching, including, amongst others, Chough. 
I failed on those when I visited, but I did see my first Wheatears of the year here.

Since I haven't had a bird picture yet, I'll finish with one from the garden where I'm staying.


A lot of pictures ............... sorry.

Have a great weekend.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Back to some sort of normality.

First of all, thank you to everyone who commented on the last post, and got in touch too. Sorry it's been so long, but it has been quite an experience; and a start to spring like I've never seen before.

After a heavy snow fall that caught out most people, we found ourselves trapped for a week, in a winter wonderland.

All very pretty, but not good when the supplies are already low.

It was a case of it can go wrong; it will.

The boiler packed up, so the heating oil was no use. The coal was almost gone, we had to cut logs to help make it go further, which meant the chimney got clogged with soot, my mobile signal/service died for a few days, which meant I had an expensive timepiece, and not much else, (thank you Vodaphone, I'm sure you'll still charge me the same for the month), food was getting low, and so was morale.

Finally, after a week, we got a message to a farmer who grazes sheep up here.
He sent someone with a JCB, and eventually, after just over an hour, we were dug out.
Fifty quid lighter in the pocket, but we could get out for supplies.

Unfortunately, unknown to us at the time, he'd severed the phone cable.
No phone or internet.
As it was the Easter weekend, it meant no repairs for a week.

Thankfully that's all behind us now, something to tell the grandchildren; if I knew where they were.

So, some pictures.



Snow, slowly thawing

 Blue Tit

 Great Spotted Woodpecker


and I'll finish with this one.

Great Tit, who like me, was wondering WTF was going on.

Right, I'm off now to give Dove some carrots, and chase the sheep out of the garden.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and I'll try and catch up with everyone as soon as I can.