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, 27 April 2014

Another year rolled away



I've been out a fair bit recently, hence the lack of blogs and blog visiting. I've also spent some time updating my website with some new pictures.


Here's a few.





A very confiding Lapwing. A shame I didn't get the exposure right though.







Not the best of pictures, but it's here because it was my first Cuckoo of the year.








This is probably my best shot of a Cetti's Warbler. There's one at my local lake, so if you read that blog, you may have seen this picture before. Worth a repeat though, I think.





A visit to RSPB Minsmere, in Suffolk, the other day, with Trevor, and we saw some cracking birds. A great reserve; just a shame it's so bloody far away.




 Bearded Tit


A male. A small group of these were 'pinging' away in the sunshine, and giving some good views; albeit a bit distant.

And then a Marsh Harrier flies by .........





........... and you begin to wonder if it will get any better.




Well, the sun shone, and we saw plenty of other birds.




Some Sandwich Terns were getting down to business, and a large group of Sand Martins were nesting in a natural sandy cliff face by the visitor centre.





Even managed some video.






It's not all birds there either. We just missed seeing an Adder, but we did see some Red Deer.







A Blackbird was busily collecting worms most of the time we were there.




I later found his nest tucked away in some brambles, with 3 or 4 quite large chicks.




A visit there isn't complete without seeing the next bird.




The Bittern



They were 'booming' all day, but it wasn't until the end of our visit that we eventually saw one.




And then Friday, my birthday treat to myself. A trip to Paxton Pits in Cambridgeshire.
A site that is pretty much guaranteed this time of the year, to have, amongst other birds, Nightingales.



We were not disappointed.







The song is pretty spectacular, even if the bird does look pretty plain. A short video of the maestro performing.






Well, that'll do it for now, I think.


Have a good one.



Sunday, 20 April 2014

Saturday, 12 April 2014

I feel a blog coming on



Hopefully tomorrow, my computer will be restored back to full health; one way or the other. Been kind of lost with it only working for an hour at a time. The upside of all this though, is it's given me more time to do other things, instead of sitting staring at a screen most of the day.



Anyway, here's a few pictures from recentish days past.



Back to January, and a Black-headed Gull regurgitating a food pellet.





I've seen Robins do it too, and I thought it was just Owls that did that.








A Red-legged Partridge that posed for some pictures.




Into February





A Shoveler, shovelling in the sunshine.



And having a good splash around.





March gave me some lovely birds in Wales.





A Siskin, telling it like it is.







A Yellowhammer, who looks like he's heard it all before.








A singing Skylark








This Goldfinch seemed to be frowning.

Or maybe it's just me.








'Bird on a stick' ........... but a nice bird. A Stonechat.




and as I left Wales, some snow on a mountain.







Back home to Milton Keynes, and a quick visit up to Summer Leys in Northants to see the Long-tailed Duck.




Picture not brilliant, very distant, but a lifer for me, so it's in.







A male Red Crested Pochard feeding his mate with some weed. A bit of spring bonding perhaps?





This is definitely some spring bonding.




A pair of Pheasant continuing the line




And to end the March selection, a pair of Adders.






The male is black, the female brown. I learnt later that the blue eyes of the male, mean he is soon to shed his skin.


April next time.



Right, I'm off to have a bath. It's not my birthday yet, but it is soon.




Enjoy the rest of your weekend.




Friday, 4 April 2014

An assortment



A few older ones from Wales, but I'll start with a few from this morning.


We've had a lot of pollution recently hanging in the air, coming from Europe, and in that general direction. Coupled with the fog, it doesn't make for ideal conditions for pictures.



First up is lifer for me. A Dartford Warbler.



The same bird that Trevor featured in his blog a little while ago.



It seems this bird has been here all through the winter, and calling every day, in the vain hope of finding a mate.




Sadly, so far, he's been out of luck.




A quick visit first thing though, to Woburn Deer Park, produced a couple more birds for the annual 'tick' list.


A pair of Black Swans, have managed five healthy looking cygnets.




I don't think these are on the British List yet, even though they seem to have been breeding successfully for a few years now.



Another bird that took the year list upwards was Mandarin Duck.




Rubbish picture, but good to see a few enjoying the foggy/polluted morning.



And it wouldn't be right not to have at least one deer picture.




Plenty around this morning.




Back to Wales for the rest.



Flint doesn't have a particularly good reputation for some reason; but I rather like it there.


Across the Dee from Flint.




 Flint


There's a beauty in everything, and everywhere; if you take the time to look.



There's a place near Conwy, on the north coast, that is famous for its Hawfinch.

I visited there early one morning. It's called  Caerhun Church, down a very narrow track, off  a minor road.




Despite looking, I couldn't find any Hawfinch though. Maybe another visit is required.



Still on the north coast, and when there was some welcome sun, three shots of three different birds.



 Skylark.






Redshank






Little Egret. This one had a couple of rings. I must get round to finding out some history of this bird.




A bargain next.




Purple Sandpiper on the rocks, with four Turnstone.




Last one from February, is this young Kestrel that was around the cottage where I was staying.





Nearly done.

A couple of birds from March next.




Yellowhammer. Fortunate to see anything up to a dozen of these around the cottage.





Lesser Redpoll






Reed Bunting, foraging on the beach at Talacre.



And I'll finish with an all too brief encounter with a Hare that I had one morning.




He starts to come towards me under the fence, unaware of my presence. It had been snowing a little too.






Suddenly he stops dead. I've been spotted.






Then he's off!!



And so am I. Probably too many pictures, but never mind.



Enjoy your weekend.