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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Reptiles & Amphibians

Frogs, Lizards and a Toad

This toad had taken up residence in a small hollow in a tree right next to the outdoor dining area and we gave him the nickname ‘the Wise One’. He didn’t seem to move for several days, just sat there with his head resting on his hands in quiet contemplation and looking ‘wise’. No-one seemed to know how long...
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Reptiles & Amphibians

Mudskipper

Wandering along the mudflats near the Mangrove swamps, this rather strange creature was in abundance. It is a Mudskipper, a fully amphibious fish!  It uses its pectoral fins to move about on land and is remarkably nippy. Huge eyes. They are Gobies, members of the subfamily Oxudercinae within the family Gobiidae, and are completely at home on land or...
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Reptiles & Amphibians

Fiddler Crab

Quite a fascinating sight to see an army of Fiddler Crabs on manoeuvres, scuttling across the mud flats and then swiftly disappearing into holes as soon as anyone or anything gets remotely near. Presumably the vibration alerts them to possible danger. The Fiddler Crab is one of many semi-terrestrial marine crabs which make up the genus Uca. One of...
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Insects

The Living Rainorest – a few Creepy-Crawlies

There are several exhibits in glass enclosures dotted around the walkways and sometimes it is easy to see what is inside, sometimes impossible. Some, like the Hissing Cockroaches and the Giant Land Snails always seem to be moving but others hide themselves away. It is the first time I have seen the Giant New Guinea Stick Insect. This friendly...
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Reptiles & Amphibians

Turtles and Tortoises at The Living Rainforest

As it was raining yesterday, we had a short outing to The Living Rainforest since we thought it would be better indoors.  As it turned out, some of the floor areas were flooded and there was a lot of water (much more than usual) dripping from the roof so I actually got quite wet and it was a bit...
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Birds

A few more bits from Dinton

It is coming up to fungi time again and I have already seen quite a few including this nice specimen of a Shaggy Ink-Cap. Despite its bright plumage, it took me ages to spot this Robin which was singing really loudly. Grey Herons are all over, some at the water’s edge but others seem happier high up in the...
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Animals

Short Garden update

I am a bit annoyed with the cat (or cats) at the moment as not only have I found piles of bird feathers but now piles of something even less pleasant……. This morning one of the big frogs was leaping frantically about in the pond turning the water to mud and I heard a cat disappear over the fence...
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Birds

Short local September walks

I went to Southlake again on the spur of the moment as the sun decided to shine and it was remarkably warm.  I was not the only one enjoying the unexpected warmth and sunshine… The Moorhen couldn’t decide what to do.. The reeds where I was standing were attracting several Hawker dragonflies, one of which kept landing and just...
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