Flowers

Wet flora

It was most definitely a pleasant change going for a wander after the torrential rain of the past couple of days, so a bit of flora along with the odd raindrop here and there....
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Plants and Shrubs

Nature the provider

The trip along the River Gambia was not only relaxing and fun but also educational as I discovered just how the waters themselves and the Mangrove swamps on either side of the river provide so much for the area. The river, naturally, provides plenty of fish for the area. At low tide, sandbanks appear and women from the village...
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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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Birds

More pond and garden activity

The pond is doing really well and there are only a few tadpoles left that aren’t well on the way to becoming frogs. They are still eating pondsticks but not as many and I keep seeing tiny frogs hiding in and around the pond. I now have two miniature yellow water lilies, having had lots of leaves for ages....
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Birds

Dry times

Just popped past the river…well, it’s now just a couple of puddles and that’s about it. The mouth of the river has totally dried up. Odd birds still bathing or trying to get food from these puddles and this little froggy looking forlornly at the dwindling water supply. He could only just get his toes wet! Poor thing. Plenty...
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Birds

Swifts, Sunflowers and Flycatchers

A fairly early wander on Sunday morning. I was aiming for a very early start to photograph the sunrise as well, but turned the alarm off and went back to sleep! Strangely there wasn’t much around, but one who did come out to play was this Spotted Flycatcher, Muscicapa striata. The Swifts were out in great numbers, swooping up...
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Animals

Bury Down

The weather is extremely hot so I haven’t been out much in the day but I have tried to get out early in the morning or in the early evening when it is a bit cooler.  We like going to the Berkshire Downs in the early evening but while it is nice for walking, the light is terrible for photos...
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