Saturday, 31 December 2011
I hope that you have a great and safe new years night and that 2012 is a good one both photographically and personally,
I can now get down to do some serious processing so that the next blogs can be somewhat more colourful
Friday, 30 December 2011
Thursday, 29 December 2011
Well we went back and we did see them, half a dozen of them but sadly at too great a distance for any images. It was a delight to watch them through the binos though.
The first image was as close as I got, with a test image. It is a shame as the conifers where at a better height this year to get nice diffuse non sky backgrounds.
Wednesday, 28 December 2011
So here are just a few images of one delightful little male Kestrel who was hovering nicely in the afternoon sun for me. The first is quite a large crop, but after the hover, or more of a wind hang than wing beat, it came closer to me so I was able to get the second and third shots. What a stunning falcon shape it demonstrates in the last image, definitely worth a click to enlarge - beautiful bird.
Tuesday, 27 December 2011
Tonight's blog is just a quickie with a few images of mine from May of this year. Many are nothing special photographically and are mere record shots, but they were significant for me as many were firsts for me in knowingly seeing and recognising them.
All being well, if the weather behaves itself, I will be out with the cameras tomorrow and see if I can remember how to use them.
Monday, 26 December 2011
Sunday, 25 December 2011
Hope you all had or a having a fab Christmas day. We are all totally stuffed out here after my marathon cooking session preparing our meals today. Great sighting this morning of the first flock of Redwings to drop into the garden while we were eating breakfast.
Saturday, 24 December 2011
At the end of the month, Jac and I spent a couple of chilly days over at Minsmere and had a great time watching the Bitterns, Marsh Harrier and various waders.
At last the garden started to come alive at the end of the month too, and I had a great time with the Damsels emerging from the pond
Christmas greetings will be posted tomorrow
Friday, 23 December 2011
Thursday, 22 December 2011
With the start of a number of family visits, seemingly never ending Tesco runs, house tidying, cleaning, cooking and other chores have been the order of the day, and it was a pleasure to sit down with a fine glass of Jura Malt Whisky a few minutes ago.
Which is why it is a late and quick one tonight.
In a story that caught my eye a couple of days ago was about a number of birds that 'crash landed' into a car park in Utah,
The story here tells of the death of about 1500 Eared Grebes. In the UK we know them as Black Necked Grebes. I am not sure what resident or migratory populations we get in the UK, and neither is the BTO, but it probably isn't as high as that. Although as a global status they are not threatened.
But nevertheless, what a terrible and unbelievable tragedy for these beautiful little birds.
And while I wont need to remind the enlightened readers of our blogs about the dangers of Christmas food for our birds, this story is worth reminding so that you can tell well meaning friends and family who otherwise don't know.
Right, it is time for another Jura and relax
Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Here is my friend Judy how is having fun with a manatee that wants its tummy rubbed whilst behind her 2 more manatees sleep on the river floor
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
March was a good month for me in more ways than one.
Firstly, it was fantastic to get married to my lovely Jacqui in Scotland and then to spend a couple of days in Dorset afterwards and grab a few images.