Birds

Nisperos and other oddments

It is quite colourful at the moment with Bougainvillea and Jacaranda in bloom, as well as numerous wild flowers. Some fruits are also ripe for picking, such as the Nispero or Loquat, Eriobotrya japonica, a very tasty fruit. The nearby town of Sayalonga even has a fiesta called Dia del Nispero - Day of the Nispero. Who says, 'any excuse...
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Birds

Midweek meander

A sunny day after a bit of rain, so time to see who was out and about. Strange weather recently: sun, rain, sun, gales, rain, sun…Anyway, lots of Goldfinches having their mid-afternoon munch. There were even one or two butterflies around as well as the odd lizard. There were Wagtails all the way along the river. Spotless Starlings all...
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Birds

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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Birds

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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Fruits

Dark Bush Cricket

I tend to expect to see grasshoppers and crickets low down, although the grasshoppers do sit on the outside house walls in Woodley.  While picking a few late blackberries though, I saw I was not the only one interested in the fruit… It was about six feet off the ground at the top of one of the bushes.  Having...
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Animals

A few squirrels at Southlake

The squirrels are racing around at the moment getting all the acorns, as are the pigeons.  We had a couple of days of very high winds so the acorns were dropping like hailstones!  They can be surprisingly painful if they hit you on the head and they are also very slippery underfoot. As well as the acorns, they enjoy...
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Birds

Stroll around Moor Green Lakes

I had a little Sunday stroll around Moor Green – I don’t usually go there at the weekend as it gets quite busy and yesterday was no exception.  Anyway, I spent a few minutes watching a pair of Hobbies flying low over the water catching dragonflies.  No great photos because of the distance and speed but enjoyable nonetheless. Buzzards were...
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Birds

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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