Birds

Fruity foodfest

From storms and high winds to clear blue skies and people sunbathing on the beach, quite a change although there is still snow on the hills. These warblers were enjoying a fruity feast and were so intent on the job in hand that, unusually, they were not at all bothered when I came along. Managed to get within a...
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Birds

A windy Sunday in January

After the storms and the rain I expected the rio Chillar to be a bit more of a torrent, but it wasn’t at all. A tiny bit, but nothing significant. Quite a bit of activity along the river, despite the very strong, gusting wind. I was particularly pleased with these two photos of a small Serin, Serinus serinus. Looks...
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Landscapes

Scenic trip up the river

An interesting and relaxing trip along the Gambia River began at Lamin Lodge in Kambo North, one of the main centres for such ventures. The Gambia River is a major river in West Africa, running 1,130 kilometres from the Fouta Djallon plateau in north Guinea and then westward through Senegal and the Gambia to the Atlantic Ocean at the...
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Birds

Boxing Day wander

The rains passed, the gale force winds subsided and the sun came out, so time for a stroll by the river, a veritable raging torrent after all the precipitation of the past couple of days. This, I think, is a young Redstart. There were plenty of Serins about. And heaps of Goldfinches. The fruit was definitely ripe. This one...
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Animals

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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Birds

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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Birds

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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