One of the benifits of all the rain we have had this week is that mushrooms are springing up everywhere. I always like finding these little chaps and if you can find them in a patch of sunlight, all the better.
Saturday, 30 October 2010
Great Tits, Robins, Blue Tits, Goldfinches and a few Dunnocks were all trying to get into this shot, and they were making plenty of noise.
My camera has started to make a very strange noise too,which is a little worrying. I don't know whether it is effecting my shots so I can't use that excuse yet.
But lets just not mention the short but wonderful view of the Peregrine that I couldn't photograph because I had forgotten to take the lens cap off!
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
One of my favourite birds, the Long-Tailed Tit is ridiculously cute. There was a gang of about a dozen of these tumbling through the hedges. At one point they were so close, I couldn't use my camera because I only had the big lens.
Dark mornings and darker evenings mean that my wandering time is more limited than ever, making times like this even more special.
Monday, 25 October 2010
I see a few of these at the moment, more this year than last, I think. But the Dartford Warbler is still a bird that I struggle with. This one sat still long enough for just one shot and then disappeared in the Gorse. Once I lowered the camera, of course, he popped his smug little head up again.
Sunday, 24 October 2010
Well, we have had Sika for about six months now and she is doing pretty well. When we first found her, she couldn't run very well and had trouble controlling her long legs.
Now, she is as mad as cheese and incredibly fast, which always makes for interesting walks.
Saturday, 23 October 2010
As usual, not a lot of time for a walk after work. To make things worse, the wind picked up and the clouds started to close in.
At this time of year, the pale remnants of Old Man's Beard flowers always remind me of frost and it changes the face of the hedgrerows. Just in case you missed the fact that Winter is well and trully on the way.
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Looking like something out of The Omen, this Crow sat here for far too long. Big old birds these and quite intimidating when they are sat, just a few feet away from your right ear, when you are trying to focus on other things.
Monday, 18 October 2010
We watched these two Kestrels having a right ding dong for over an hour yesterday. There were three, but one kept out of it all.
A bit of a tight crop on this one, it all happened near the top of the chalk cliffs at Ballard.
Sunday, 17 October 2010
As regular as clockwork, you can always rely on a Rock Pipit to follow as you wander along under the chalk cliffs. For the best part of three hours, the Pipit and his Wheatear mate kept tabs on us.
Not a bad way to spend a morning.
Quite a look of concentration on this chap, even though, just a few minutes before he was tumbling along the rocks with a few friends. The Wheatears and Rock Pipits may have been put off by the largest number of sea canoes I seen around here for a while.
Saturday, 16 October 2010
At one time there were half a dozen Crows having a go at this Kestrel. It ducked and dived for about ten minutes before it finally shook off the last two.
A huge crop on this one but, even though it was almost directly into the Sun, I quite like it.
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Technically, this shot was not taken at night, but I thought 'Stag Teatime' made for a rather stupid title.
At this time of year the Sika are fully tooled up and ready for action, this 8 point stag is one of the bigger lads.
Monday, 11 October 2010
Another beautiful day means two things:
1. That I must be at work
2. That I realise just how quickly it gets dark.
There is precious little time at the end of the day during the week and so I have to resort to drive-by shootings and stolen walks to erm... contemplate stuff..
Another shot from last nights wander. The light really was special, I don't think you can beat the Golden Hour just as the Sun is going down. This Chiffchaff was one of dozens of little birds that bounced through the trees and hedges, making far too much noise.
Sunday, 10 October 2010
Thursday, 7 October 2010
This was taken on the home this afternoon, it was very dull, rainy and the wind was picking up. I have seen white Roe, Fallow and Reds, but never a white Sika. The play rut going on in the background was even more of a bonus.
Another shot from this afternoon of my first white Sika stag. This chap is two or three years old, so he has been around for a while but he wasn't keen on people. Unfortunately, white Stags don't tend to live as long because of hunting or exclusion from the herd so maybe that isn't a bad thing.
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