It's been a while since I've posted. Got a few pictures still to sort through from various days out recently. That's one of the reasons I took a break from blogging. Sometimes the internet just seemed as though it was taking over.
Here's a couple of pictures from a little while ago.
This is my buddy, Bud, using all his powers to make the plate come closer.
He lives in Wales. I wish I did too.
This is his new 'friend'.
She's called Ellie, and tries very hard to be loved by Bud; but he's not that bothered by her juvenile antics.
A sunrise, from back in May. The Grand Union canal. One of the pictures I've entered in a photographic competition run by The Canal and River Trust.
A pair of Avocets, that were desperately trying to make their nest containing four eggs, safe from the high spring tide at Titchwell recently.
Spring is definitely in the air, as the following two videos show.
The first is a short clip of a pair of Mute Swans mating.
The second is another short compilation of a pair of hedgehogs.
For some time I've had one visiting at night, so I put some dog meat and dried mealworms down for him. One night, the night camera recorded over an hour of the courtship between a second hog that turned up. It doesn't always end in mating, as the female sometimes just isn't 'in the mood'. During this time, a third hog, presumably a male, turned up, and had to be swiftly dealt with.A few nights later, they managed to actually mate in peace.
OK, back to some more pictures.
A recent visit to Minsmere nature reserve with Trevor, gave us some stunning views of a couple of birds of prey.
and he treated us to a fly past with his lunch. A Four-spotted Chaser.
The second bird was this stunner;
A Marsh Harrier.
I was going to have some butterflies next, but I'll do them another time. I want to keep with the raptor theme for now.
The garden has been invaded by lots of juvenile Starlings at the moment, and last night a Sparrowhawk dropped in for tea.
The following were all taken through the glass in the back door, so maybe not as sharp as I'd hope for.
If nature at its rawest is not your thing, then skip the next five pictures.
I may post the video another time, or you could seek it out on my YouTube channel if you want. It's quite graphic.
Enjoy the rest of your week, and weekend.
I'm back to picture sorting for a while.