Birds

Windy but warm wander

Quite a windy day, gusty down by the sea, but fortunately fairly warm so a good day to get out for a little stroll. Time of day, probably, but there wasn’t much activity down by the river apart from Serins, but they are always munching away. A couple of Wagtails, a Blackbird, a few Tree Sparrows and a pair...
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Great Egret

The Great Egret, Ardea alba, is a large member of the Heron family and is found in most tropical and warm temperate areas all over the world. It is also variously known as the Common Egret, Large Egret or Great White Heron. It has all white plumage, stands about one metre high and has a wingspan of up to...
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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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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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Short Sunless Sunday Stroll

Popped out for a short walk this morning. The weather has changed a bit, rather cloudy today and a bit cooler – down to about twenty degrees – but still not too bad. The gulls were hunting and, with a fairly brisk wind, they were able to hover quite easily. Only a couple of dragonflies around. The birds were...
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Animals

By the Thames at Hurley

Another new place for me – not a nature reserve of any kind but still plenty of interesting things to see and I had a delicious cream tea by the lock on the river – yum! This is the first ice-cream boat I have seen.  It cruised up the river, stopping frequently to sell ice-creams. This big Mallard was...
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At home in the garden

The heatwave goes on and it is too hot to venture out walking during the day. Despite this, I have a backlog of photos because even using the computer has been tiresome, with my hand sticking to the mouse! Anyway, I thought I’d make a start with a few shots from the garden which is full of activity at...
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Local odds and ends

I have been on several short walks in the last week or so when I haven’t taken many photos so I decided to do a mixed post with all the oddments! I popped to Hosehill Lake to check on the damselfly larvae which were still present in smaller numbers.  The damselflies have all been hatching in the warmer weather...
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