Trees

A couple of interesting oddities

This particular Baobab tree, Adansonia digitata, at Lamin Lodge in Kambo North, The Gambia, is known locally as the Elephant Tree, for obvious reasons. It really does look like the head of an elephant. Nearby, another Baobab tree has become known as the Internet Tree after some enterprising locals decided to use the tree as an advertising medium for...
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Trees

The Strangler Fig

The Strangler Fig is the general name given to a number of tropical and sub-tropical plants which basically ‘strangle’ the host tree during their growth, often killing it in the process. Seeds end up in the crevices of a tree, often dropped by birds, and the Strangler Fig begins to grow, its roots heading downward and the rest heading...
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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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Animals

Odds and ends from the garden and Southlake

The garden pond is brimming with water after all the recent rain and is looking nice and clear. The Sparrows are still after the peanut butter even when there is plenty of other food out for them.. I had another visit from the Red Admiral butterfly which was nice. Red Kites are never absent from the skies, sometimes soaring...
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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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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

Damp morning at Dinton

The cold damp mornings are really good for seeing spiders’ webs as they glisten with dew. and some webs just look a big, sticky mess… and a few late Darters were trying to catch a bit of warmth on the footpath and among the shrubs by the path. When the wind blows, trees that look green turn a lovely...
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Birds

Mill Pond in the sunshine

When out shopping last week, I stopped at Mill Pond briefly.  Although called a pond, it is almost as big as the lake at Maiden Erlegh.  The sun was shining brightly and there were quite a few people about. The Reed Buntings are very active everywhere at the moment and are all feeding their young. The coots were busy feeding...
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Butterflies

A walk in the fleeting spring sunshine….

Yesterday (Sunday) was warm and sunny for most of the day, with very little wind, so we went to see if any of the snakes had come out of hibernation.  Unfortunately, we had great difficulty reaching the site on foot due to continued flooding but we got there in the end.  The ground was very boggy and the plants...
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Spain

Through fields and groves – Part 1

I went on a longish walk through fields and olive groves and there was a fair amount to see. I love the squat, gnarled olive trees, every one different in shape and branch formation. The branches are very hard, sharp and unforgiving if you happen to bang into one! I have ridden through this particular grove countless times on...
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