Sunday, 2 November 2014

Scenes from a Parkland Walk


Scenes from my latest Parkland walk. 
It was in the sunshine with a temperature of 21 degrees celsius.
It was just like Summer again, even the wind was warm.

This Goldfinch below was certainly enjoying the weather.


The leaves of the various Oak trees in the Parkland are just turning brown now.


Walking up a path alongside a rail track I was following a Green Woodpecker. It kept moving along on to another convenient perch each time as I moved closer. I say it, as I was not sure at that time if it was male or female. These shots are heavily cropped. You can see that it landed on an old disused telegraph pole.


Then it tried the old Woodpecker trick of hiding behind the pole


Anyway I lost it for a while and on returning back down the pathway I later heard it calling again. From the direction of the call I knew roughly where it would be. An open field close to the pathway is known to be a favourite place of the local species. Sure enough I could observe it over a low hedgerow, but still at some distance. As you can see from the images below it was a female of the species.



From this shot below you can observe its large claws that enables it to hang on to the side of trees.



Mushrooms and toadstools can be found everywhere now and these were alongside a pathway.




In a meadow known conveniently as Heron Meadow, I observed two Grey Heron. There was a dispute going on and the Heron in the background didn't appreciate the one in the foreground being on 'his' patch. Eventually the interloper possibly a younger one, flew off to another part of the meadow.


To show how unusual our weather is at the moment I found this Dog Rose still hanging on in a sheltered spot.


Similarly this Red Campion was still blooming well.


Quite a few Dunnocks were observed on the walk like the two below.



Something to gladden the eye was this new arrival, a 'South Devon' calf.




He was already making friends with this 'Belgian Blue' calf that I featured a while ago which as you can see is growing well.



Finally, I watched a large group of Long-tailed Tits moving though the Hawthorn trees.



32 comments:

  1. Oh dear!!
    That last pic of Longtailed tit is gorgeous!
    Congratulations for managing picture of the Green pecker, not an easy one to catch!!
    That Goldfinch too is exquisite against the dark background!
    A very lively post, Roy!

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  2. HI Roy I would have loved to have been on that walk with you so thanks for taking such a variety of shots for us to see. Love the LT Tits and it was lovely to see a bigger Belgium Blue calf as last Monday I saw a week old one (will be posting that this Thursday). Loved seeing the Green Woodpecker. We do not have them here in N.I and I had never seen the yellow rump before.

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    1. Thanks Margaret, I wasn't aware that you didn't get the Green in NI.

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  3. Lovely set of images from your 'summer' walk Roy. the recent mild weather has confused a lot species with many flowering, flying and crawling 'out of season'.
    It looks like we're all in for a bit of a shock this coming week though, as the weather returns to normal?

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    1. Thanks Trevor, yes it had to change soon.

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  4. That's quite a walk. Haven't seen 21 degrees here in many weeks. Or as many birds! Your grey heron looks so much like our great blue! Am entranced with the green jay. Great shots!

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  5. Hi Roy, you had a wonderful walk I see. Great to see that Green Woodpecker and that you where able to locate him again. Also the long-tailed tit is gorgeous and not to forget: the header of your blog.

    Enjoy your sunday,
    Marianne

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  6. Brilliant images of your lovely walk, you did a great job of capturing the green woodpecker, haven't seen one of those for many years. Love the goldfinch and LLT, but the calf is just so sweet and I'm sure it's enjoying this warm weather for now.

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  7. Beautiful images Roy, I just love looking at your photos.. Have not seen a Green Woodpecker now for a few years, great bird.
    Amanda xx

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  8. Merci pour la ballade Roy,
    Le chardonneret est magnifique !!!!
    Bravo

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  9. What a wonderful walk! We have been so lucky this Autumn. I especially like the photos of the green woodpecker and the two, one sulking, herons:) I often hear green woodpeckers but have never seen one. Thanks to you, I have.

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  10. Lovely photos! The calves are so cute. Have a wonderful week.

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  11. Hey Roy... Really loved this post,with these wonderful shot's. The Dog Rose is stunning !! The Green is a real beauty !
    Birds and berries are always a favorite with me!! Did you find any Fairies under those Toadstools ?

    Grace

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  12. I love the subtle colors in the Long-tailed tits.

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    1. Yes they are a pretty bird Steve. They have large families that in Winter join with other families of the same species and move about in larger groups and also huddle together at night to keep warm. Sweet little stings really.

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  13. Some wonderful photographs here Roy, I especially like the fungi and the SoutDevon calf.

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    1. Thanks D.
      The Calf is my favourite as well.{:))

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  14. Beautiful images and hard to believe it is autumn, well it was back then when you posted this. Had a frost here yesterday morning as a sharp reminder that it is November!

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    1. Thanks Mandy. I forgot what frosts are like.{:)).

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  15. Wow...what a great bunch of stuff! I love your woodpecker and the goldfinch...so different from ours. That shot of the woodpecker with the wings up...great! Love the fungi and flowers, too. All these shots!

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  16. I find your photos in this blog really all beautiful but I'm jealous of the pictures of the green woodpecker !. I hope once a green woodpecker for my lens to have.

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