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Friday 26 January 2018

Snowdrops and Scenes

There had been a lot of rain overnight in the Parkland, hence the raindrops on the snowdrops buds.
This is the natural way to photograph such subjects rather than taking a bottle of water with you and sprinkling it on the flowers such as they suggest in the photographic magazines.

Saturday 20 January 2018

Blue Sky !!

Quite a change from my previous walk, there was actually blue sky, although the wind was just as cold and strong.  
Nothing unusual was observed, but I have included images of everything I did manage to find.

Blue Tits were performing quite well in the sun.

Male and female Reed Buntings were observed adjacent to one of the Bird Hides and they both put on a good display.

Great Tit

Mrs Stonechat

Male and female Pheasants were at the base of the feeders catching everything that had been dropped by the small birds.

If nothing much else, there are always plenty of Black-headed Gulls to view.

A stroke of luck being at the Hide when the Great-spotted Woodpecker arrived.

A very brief appearance by a Coal Tit.

A Wren about to take a drink of water.

A male Chaffinch taking in a bit of sun.

Always possible to find Robins just about everywhere.

The Park Rangers have been at work again cutting down pollarded willow.

Sunday 14 January 2018

January Weather

I really didn't want to start off the new year blog entries with such a poor quality post as this, but in the absence of anything better this is it.

The Weather Guessers (I mean Forecasters) could not use their normal term of 'Changeable' to describe the weather so far this month. 'Absolutely awful' may be a more appropriate description.
Grey, overcast, cold, wet, miserable are other terms that could certainly be applied to describe it.

As a nature observer and taker of photographs of such, I cannot recall such poor weather over the period (first half of January) for quite a while. Its been one long line of wet overcast weather fronts followed quickly by another and another and so on sweeping across the country.

You can see from the first image below the kind of conditions experienced on the local patch during the few times I ventured out and that is about as best as it got.

Apart from the regular local Ducks, Geese and Gulls on the lakes and Robins, Great and Blue Tits and Blackbirds elsewhere there was very little to see. The occasional winter visitor such as Fieldfare was observed in the distance flying high across the sky, but apart from that nothing was about.

An example of the poor light, the image below was shot at 300mm. 1/320 at f2.8. ISO5000

There is always a Robin somewhere no matter what time of year or conditions. 
This little Guy below was taking food from the end of my fingers.

The Park Rangers have been at work again with their chainsaws. 
This tree below, one of many in the marshy meadows has been reduced to a bit of wooden sculpture.