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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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Annus horribilis

My mothers health deteriorated rapidly this year. She had been diagnosed in the last couple of years with Alzheimer's, Lewy bodies dementia and Vascular dementia and it finally took her on 19th May 2017.
To see her go down hill so rapidly was very sad. A once happy, proud, dignified woman with a sharp wit be reduced to a frail, hunched, mumbling empty shell, that couldn't perform the simplest of tasks. One of the most cruellest of illnesses.

Socialising has never been my strong point and even my accompanied trips out seem to have ended over the last few months. Oh well, thank goodness for the loyalty of a four legged companion.


We are currently in north Wales, with mixed weather; good days with the weather and others, not so good.

The birdwatching has taken a back seat this year, due to apathy, cash restraints and a blossoming interest in wild flowers. I've always enjoyed wildflowers, but last year and this, my interest has grown.
Plus they only move in the wind, which makes them easier subjects to study and photograph.

Heath Speedwell

Yellow-juiced Poppy

Small-flowered Cranesbill

Slender St. John's-wort

Insects that manage to keep still long enough have also attracted the lens.

Chimney Sweeper moth

Cinnabar moth

Mating Ringlet

Small Skipper

There have been a few birds, but only when they have been where I have been.
The chase for ticks is over, for now.

Long Tailed Tit

I think I need to relax more at the moment.

Enjoy your weekend

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Some Warblers

This is a post I've wanted to do for some time; a few of our warblers all together.

I'll start with one that 'sings' his name.



A similar looking bird next, but a very different song.

Willow Warbler


The next two have similar 'songs', but with practice can be told apart. Visually different too.

Reed Warbler


Sedge Warbler


Another pair with very similar 'songs', but also visually different,



Garden Warbler


The next two are similar in name, similar visually, but the 'songs' are very different.



Lesser Whitethroat


This next bird has an unmistakeable 'song'. Often heard, but seldom seen, as it is usually skulking in the bushes/trees.

Cetti's  Warbler


Another warbler with an unmistakeable 'song', again sometimes heard, if you are lucky and difficult to see is,

Grasshopper Warbler


These last two are very localised and I consider myself very lucky to have seen them.

Dartford Warbler


Wood Warbler


Hope you enjoyed the post.

And enjoy the rest of your day.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Last ones from April

A new month, so time to get a bit up to date. These are a few from April:

My usual companion on most of my picture forays is Whisky.

Patiently waiting, while I get amongst some nettles, to get a few pictures.



He's equally patient when I'm stalking a bird for a picture.


Grey Plover

Bar-tailed Godwit


Common Sandpiper

Moorhen, feeding a young one.

He's a real star.

I'll end on a little skirmish between a Black-headed Gull, and what I think is a juvenile Herring Gull.

Enjoy your day

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Some Warblers ............. and others

The last few days have been quite warm and sunny here; apart from today, it's raining.
But when the sun shines, it seems to bring out the birds, and at the moment, a lot of them are in fine voice.


Willow Warbler




Spring migration is in full swing too, with Swallows and Martins skimming over the local lake.


Sand Martin

House Martin

The next bird is a bit bigger .............


The spring flowers are bursting into bloom now.

Garden Yellow-archangel; probably a garden escapee


Common Cornsalad

Meadow Buttercup

Bulbous Buttercup

And a few butterflies on the wing too

Orange Tip, enjoying some Garlic Mustard

But one of my favourite spring/summer birds at this time of the year though, is the Yellow Wagtail; an absolute stunner, glowing in the sunlight.

Enjoy the rest of your week