Birds

Mallards and chicks

Mallards have always been one of my favourite ducks. They come in all shapes, sizes and colourings and, to me at least, seem to project a sort of 'personality', so always fun to be around. Plenty of them at the pond, including one with the weird tuft on its head....
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Little Grebe

It was a case of fourth time lucky after spotting this lovely Little Grebe, Tachybaptus ruficollis, on the lake in La Paloma Park in Benalmádena. I focused as it was sitting calmly on the water, but as soon as I clicked…..gone....
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Two wet and windy outings

The weather has been variable with lots of wind and rain so not ideal for outings or photos.  I did go to Bix, near Henley and watched the Red Kites soaring overhead and occasionally skimming the grass or landing in the fields.  Buzzards were also soaring high, being chased away by crows.  At the nature reserve itself, I did...
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Odds and ends from the garden and Southlake

The garden pond is brimming with water after all the recent rain and is looking nice and clear. The Sparrows are still after the peanut butter even when there is plenty of other food out for them.. I had another visit from the Red Admiral butterfly which was nice. Red Kites are never absent from the skies, sometimes soaring...
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It’s welly time again……

Heavy rain has caused some flooding around Dinton so it was back to the wellies again. The footpaths are covered with debris, mainly leaves and small twigs and branches that blew off during the St Jude storm but I have seen some small fallen trees as well. I had just started wading along one stretch of flooded footpath when...
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Wind and Rain at Dinton

Despite the bad weather, there is plenty of activity on all the lakes and lots of the ducks are looking nice and colourful in their winter plumage. The Lapwing are also looking bright and colourful and increasing in numbers. The bund is mostly under water after the heavy rain but is still a popular resting place for all the...
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Recent local outings

I have been on a couple of little walks recently although we are now back to wind and rain, including thunderstorms.  A quick walk around Fobney Lock was very quiet but I did watch a pair of Kestrels chasing each other and a Green Woodpecker took off from the path right in front of me. No great photos but...
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In the rain at Hurley

I was in dire need of some fresh air so we had a short explore at Hurley, going the opposite way down the river from our last visit.  It rained quite heavily but we will definitely be going again as it was really nice.  There were lots of Buzzards and Red Kites overhead but not easy to see clearly...
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The Living Rainforest – oddments and lush greenery

I have already taken photos of most things on previous visits and since there was a lot of water dripping from above I only took a few oddments.  There are some enormous fish there swimming happily in a big pool with some of the turtles. The Agouti was having a little rest – it is in the same enclosure...
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