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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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Troubled times




(Not my image. One I found on the internet.)




Whilst Obarmy starts his sabre rattling at Syria, Corporal Clegg and Pinocchio Cameron are standing behind him, rattling two cutlery knives, a fork, and a spoon.
That's all we have left in the kitchen draw of the divided island, after all the defence cuts. The only guns we have now, are being deployed in the countryside at the moment, in the hands of thugs and crackpot marks scum, in the merciless slaughter of the countries Badgers; and very likely the next targets will be Deer, Foxes, stray cats and dogs. All potential carriers of Bovine TB.
It's not the farmers fault the cattle have this terrible disease because of years of filthy farm management.

The name of the disease is a bit of a giveaway to anyone with an ounce of sense though.





Enjoy a few birds while we still have some.




Another potential target; Herring Gull










Meadow Pipit









Stonechat










Goldfinch  juvenile





And I'll finish with two not very good shots of a Harrier, I saw recently at Frampton Marsh







I thought at first a Marsh Harrier, male; but to my knowledge, they don't have a light rump. It was suggested to me that it might be a Montagu's Harrier. If any more cleverer birders out there have any ideas, or know what it is, I'd like to know.



Be safe.



Saturday, 24 August 2013

Birds and Flowers


I've recently got a moth trap, so expect some pictures of moths in the future.



For now though, as the title said .....



Pied Wagtail








Reed Bunting










Reed Warbler












Sedge Warbler






and now, flowers





Marsh Cinquefoil










Common Evening Primrose










Harebell







That's it. Enjoy the weekend.



Wednesday, 21 August 2013

In the company of .............




Well, I'm back, after what seems like an age.



I think I'm losing the 'blogging' will at the moment; spending too much time going out taking pictures, and doing other things. A visit to BirdFair last week with Trevor was very enjoyable, despite the torrential downpour that greeted us when we got there. It was good to meet up with a few other bloggers, and people from Twitter. Yea, I tweet.


This coming Monday is rumoured to be the start of the misguided Badger cull in this country. Despite a large objection by the voting public, and scientists, our dodgy Prime Minister, David Cameron, was quoted as saying recently,  "it's the right thing to do"; and, "it will be good for the Badgers".
Exactly how slaughtering up to 5,000 Badgers is good for them, I'm not quite sure.
Maybe if it's that good, perhaps a cull of the Tory party wouldn't be a bad idea then.



Anyway, despite a mountain of unpublished pictures, I'm going to go with a few I took yesterday of some Little Egrets. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did taking them.





A handsome bird indeed.







Stealth mode








The strike.










The catch










The swallow






.....and then with a shake of the feathers, it was time to go.






Time for me to go too.



Enjoy your day






Sunday, 11 August 2013

Butterflies and birds



A few Butterflies from June.




 Small Heath







 Brown Argus







 Dingy Skipper







 Grizzled Skipper







Common Blue




and some birds from this month





 Great Crested Grebe







 Chiffchaff









Wood Sandpiper








 Snipe







 Common Sandpiper








 Ruff




Enjoy the rest of your weekend.




Sunday, 4 August 2013

Feeding time; in north Wales





A couple of the Redstart that nested in the garden. These are the female.











Mrs Pied Flycatcher, down in one of the fields.









A couple of the Song Thrush












Mr Blackbird











Mrs House Sparrow











A couple of Mr Stonechat










And finally, a young Blackbird, who made sure I didn't get any Redcurrants for a pie.







Enjoy the rest of your weekend