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.







24 comments:

  1. Hi Roy.. Beautiful and bucolic sceneries.. Love the Squirrels also so different from ours..
    Have a great week

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  2. Well done Roy, you've managed to squeeze at least a little bit of brightness and colour out of the gloom!
    Looks like 'winter' is set to continue for the next week with the promise of some sunny spells...and maybe with a little bit of snow! And oh yeh!...don't forget the wind!!
    I guess it won't be too long before we're complaining about it being to sunny and hot?
    Have fun...[;o)

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    1. Wouldn't mind a bit of snow Trevor, more light with that and something of interest to shoot.

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  3. Weather's def not much fun at the mo....but the Robin is fluffed up to keep warm...

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  4. Are park rangers paid a bonus for the amount of vegetation they cut down? They always seem to be clearing something wherever you look. That Robin looks well fluffed up against the cold. Roll on Spring!

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    1. Yes Roll on Spring John. Perhaps I can find something to photograph.

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  5. Gracias por este precioso recorrido, amigo Roy. Que disfrutes de un feliz año nuevo. Saludos desde Asturias.

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  6. Hei Roy! Onko siellä ollut pakkasta? Ihana orava. Ihan eri näköinen kuin meillä täällä.

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  7. Hi Roy,

    I thought you're writing about The Netherlands. The weather down here is the same s**t, allready for almost two months now, except for 2 nice days a week ago. But, nevertheless you went out and caught some nice squirrels and a Robin is aways a pleasure to see.
    I hope your next walks are on brighter days with a little sunshine. We all need it.

    Kind regards,
    Marianne

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  8. We've had 6 days straight of this grey murk, horrible flat light for photography too

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  9. I love all of these photos and would certainly not call it a poor quality post. I like the scenery shots at the beginning and love the English Robin. Our weather is awful this winter, too, so far.

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  10. Pretty poor weather here is Devon too Roy, and such strong winds that you couldn't hold a camera. However we have had many spectacular Gannet feeding displays recently. In fact the largest number of Gannets I've ever seen in Torbay. Your photos are still beautiful especially the Robin, but I do hope you'll have some proper photography weather soon.

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  11. January was cloudy, but it did not stop you from taking beautiful photos of a squirrel and birds. Robin is my favorite. Regards.

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  12. Great series of images. When a bird alights on your hand it is a very special experience. The most likely species to do it here is Black-capped Chickadee, but with a little patience White-breasted Nuthatches, Downy Woodpeckers and Blue Jays will do it too. As for you gloomy weather, here in Ontario we were deep in the grip of polar conditions for the first part of January with brutally low temperatures.

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    1. Thanks David, oddly enough its snowing again today here. Quite unexpected.

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