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My posts are mostly about walking, nature and wildlife, in particular birds. However from time to time I do cover other subjects that are part of my varied interests.

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Brancaster Norfolk

A totally irresponsible person walks near the nesting gulls, scaring and  causing them to rise up and create their own form of murmurationMay 20th 2020 Lockdown restrictions are eased. The weather is fantastic. I considered it safe to drive on my own to Norfolk and...

The Juveniles

This post covers the young of birds, mammals and insects. It will evolve over time as I add new content. So please do return for updates.Spring is the time for most birds and mammals to produce young. Just in time for plenty of food and warmer weather. Some breed a...

Dungeness Part Two – Birds

Following on from my Visit to Dungeness Beach area I moved on to Dungeness Rspb Reserve. In the morning of the next day I visited Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.RSPB Dungeness https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/dungeness/Marsh Harrier Rye harbour...

Harrington Airfield

Looking west towards Clipston areaHARRINGTON AIRFIELD Harrington airfield, known as Station 179 during WW2, was built by the 826th and 852nd Engineer Battalions of the US Army as a Class A airfield intended for heavy bomber use, the main runway length being...

The Birds and the Bees

Yesterday I visited Summer Leys Nature Reserve thinking huge space no problem, there were lots of people and in some parts of the walk you cannot avoid them. Anyway some great photography and good bird spotting. Especially the Common Snipe, Oystercatchers, Redshank, Finches, Tits and Chiffchafs.   That evening the BCN WT closed the car park for the time being.

 

Day 1 – Monday March 16th 2020

"UK PM Johnson: Everyone should now avoid social contact with others" Is the day that I decided to keep myself away from potential sources of the Corvid-19 Virus. Whether I shall be successful will been obvious later in the year. So no cafes and pubs in the main....

The Week before Storm Ciara

A Waxing Gibbious Moon 6th February 2020A bitty week with jus a few small trips this week visiting Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Stortons Gravel Pits area and Summer Leys nature reserve. Weather was mixed but mostly sunny but cold winds. One or two nice sunsets and misty...

Moons, Rain and Birds

A Robin at Stortons Gravel Pits January 2020 is almost over, it has been wet almost the whole month and has left lakes and rivers bursting and dangerously full. Trips out have been hampered by the poor light and water logged walkways. Ravensthorpe for example is...

RSPB Frampton Marsh

RSPB Frampton Marsh - Lincolnshire - 3rd September 2019   https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/frampton-marsh/   I think I visited Frampton Marsh on a 'quiet' day. There were birds about but not in any large numbers apart from flocks of...

Summer Leys Nature Reserve

Summer Leys Nature Reserve is part of the The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire. It is a place I now visit very regularly for two reasons, a very nice walk and good opportunities to see and photograph wildlife.  It is situated on Hardwater Road near Wollaston.

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Brancaster Norfolk

A totally irresponsible person walks near the nesting gulls, scaring and  causing them to rise up and create their own form of murmurationMay 20th 2020 Lockdown restrictions are eased. The weather is fantastic. I considered it safe to drive on my own to Norfolk and...

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The Juveniles

This post covers the young of birds, mammals and insects. It will evolve over time as I add new content. So please do return for updates.Spring is the time for most birds and mammals to produce young. Just in time for plenty of food and warmer weather. Some breed a...

read more

Dungeness Part Two – Birds

Following on from my Visit to Dungeness Beach area I moved on to Dungeness Rspb Reserve. In the morning of the next day I visited Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.RSPB Dungeness https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/dungeness/Marsh Harrier Rye harbour...

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Harrington Airfield

Looking west towards Clipston areaHARRINGTON AIRFIELD Harrington airfield, known as Station 179 during WW2, was built by the 826th and 852nd Engineer Battalions of the US Army as a Class A airfield intended for heavy bomber use, the main runway length being...

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The Coronavirus 2020

“Three great forces rule the world: stupidity, fear and greed.” ― Albert Einstein and that is what seems to have caused this"On Dec 5th 2019 (approx) The World Changed - due to Coronavirus"Previous to that 11th September 2001The disease appears to have originated from...

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The Birds and the Bees

Yesterday I visited Summer Leys Nature Reserve thinking huge space no problem, there were lots of people and in some parts of the walk you cannot avoid them. Anyway some great photography and good bird spotting. Especially the Common Snipe, Oystercatchers, Redshank, Finches, Tits and Chiffchafs.   That evening the BCN WT closed the car park for the time being.

 

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Moons, Rain and Birds

A Robin at Stortons Gravel Pits January 2020 is almost over, it has been wet almost the whole month and has left lakes and rivers bursting and dangerously full. Trips out have been hampered by the poor light and water logged walkways. Ravensthorpe for example is...

read more

RSPB Frampton Marsh

RSPB Frampton Marsh - Lincolnshire - 3rd September 2019   https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/frampton-marsh/   I think I visited Frampton Marsh on a 'quiet' day. There were birds about but not in any large numbers apart from flocks of...

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Summer Leys Nature Reserve

Summer Leys Nature Reserve is part of the The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire. It is a place I now visit very regularly for two reasons, a very nice walk and good opportunities to see and photograph wildlife.  It is situated on Hardwater Road near Wollaston.

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RSPB Minsmere

I started by taking the woodland walk to find the Bittern Hide and eventually the Island Mere Hide. Just into the woods and there in front of me a Tree Creeper. I still have not got a good image of a Tree Creeper and failed on this day as well. Good to observe it though. Once in the Bittern Hide, no sign of one (another day then). I did see a Marsh Harrier in the distance.

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Accelerating Change

I am a ‘baby boomer’, born in 1952.  I and other baby boomers have lived through a period of accelerating and dramatic change both culturally socially and technologically. 

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Warbler, Music and Bites

Sedge Warbler at Stortons Gravel Pits NorthamptonAn interesting and varied week, which includes the solstice!.  On Sunday I visited Ravensthorpe Reservoir. I have often boasted that I am good at reading the weather, well not this time. I was about 5 minutes into my...

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Osprey at Ravensthorpe

I decide to pop! along to Ravensthorpe to maybe sit in my car and watch for birds etc. As I arrived it stopped raining and the sky cleared a little with even some sun peircing through the clouds. I judged that I had time to walk around the reservoir, which I did.

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Duxford IWM April 2019

The Imperial War Museum at Duxford has something for everyone and particularly those interested in aviation, the military and wars!. The facilities are excellent with lots to do to keep children occupied. Several cafes and restaurants, rest areas and picnic tables even a children’s playground.

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Nikon D7200 – New Camera!

On Saturday 16th March 2019 I purchased a new camera body, a Nikon D7200 replacing my old faithful Nikon D80. I had deliberated for some time but my growing feeling of loosing out finally came to a head. I had noticed for some time that certain images posted on Flickr...

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Sparrowhawk Visit

On the 6th March 2019 whislt preparing breakfast I realise that the bird in the garden is not the usual pigeon foraging. I realise it is in fact a Sparrowhawk with a kill,  and it was engrossed in eating its catch.  I rush upstairs to get my camera, luckily it had not...

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London Days Out

There are so many photo opportunities in London, people, animals, buildings, transport, flowers and plants, the river and objects. If I am on my own I tend to wander aimlessly and try to explore streets I have not been along before (I lived there for 12 years).  However, for example, just on my last trip I found a hidden pub in the heart of Covent Garden that I did not know existed.

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Week 28th January to 3rd February

bitter cold day especially when exposed to the wind, but, lots of sunshine. On route around the at St Marys pond were 2 GWE and a LE amongst the usual mix of waterfowl including big numbers of Shovellers.

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