Monday, 29 December 2008
Saturday, 27 December 2008
A short safari this afternoon with Frank the mudhound took us to the hills. Very little around in the woods. A small flock of Long Tailed Tits, no more than a handful of Robins, a single and lonely Coal Tit, somewhere overhead a Buzzard peeooo-ed and on the lake there was a small flock of Mallard. Scanning the woods and Rhododendron scrub (see leaves behind Robin) from the valley track revealed no Roe Deer but a fine male Goosander flew over. That was about it. Lots and lots and lots of four footed bird scarers (as Fleetwood Birder - see blog links on right - calls them)
On the way back we decided to do the river crossing in the Land Rover as it hadn't rained too much recently. A successful passage but still deep in the hole; water slooshed over the bonnet and right up and over the windscreen - right foot hard down and keep the power on and hope the engine doesn't run out of air - and relief as we climb out - will the new vehicle get a snorkel?
Good job the safari is getting a new vehicle as the current tore off a piece of the plastic underbumper to the sound of horrible scrunching noises climbing out the far side as it caught on the front wheel.
We were set to film the crossing but the approach is quite rough and my cameraman's finger came off the record button so you don't get us actually reaching the river! Oops - will have try again.
Spot the difference!
Where to next? Well back to the river crossing to see if we can lose the other half of the bumper. (Never realised there was that big rust hole hiding behind the plastic trim!)
In the meantime let us know what bits you have lost of your car in a river this Christmas holiday. Or is your Robin the same as ours. Everywhere us Brits have been we've called something vaguely reddish a Robin...so you must have one somewhere.
Thursday, 25 December 2008
Over the mere itself the light was grotty and these are the best I can do with Photo Editor. Plenty of Common Gulls were on the water. A couple of Goldeneyes and a smattering of Tufted Ducks and Pochard but we couldn't see the recently reported female Ferruginous Duck - or is it some type of Aythya hybrid, no-one seems quite sure yet.
Down in the scrub the Long Eared Owls were disappointingly absent too. However there were a few Blackbirds about and the odd Fieldfare. Roll on the January sales and I can bag a bargain in the dslr camera with a bit of a telephoto lens line rather than rely on this little compact.
With the weather going to be cooling down again the few remaining apples are a vital food supply for the thrushes on the reserve.
Wednesday, 24 December 2008
If not a very merry Christmas and a prosperous and peaceful New Year to you all.
Is any one out there from northern Iran? I always fancied a trip to the SE corner of the Caspian Sea at migration time...reckoned it could be a really good area to view visible raptor migration.
Where to next? A safari with an aquatic theme later today.
In the meantime let us know what you have found in your Christmassy outback.
Sunday, 21 December 2008
Saturday, 20 December 2008
1) Link to the person who tagged you.
So what are these weird and wonderful random facts?
Obviously I was at the winning day at the New Wembley Stadium when we beat Yeovil Town to gain promotion to the Championship....what a great day!!!!!
Thursday, 18 December 2008
Sunday, 14 December 2008
Monday, 8 December 2008
Wednesday, 3 December 2008
A very quick scan of the rising tide at lunch time revealed very little. Just a few Gulls and small flocks of very distant Common Scoters out on the horizon.
Where to next? The time is nigh for a trip to see the Waxwings. Hope they haven't munched all the berries and moved on.
In the meantime what have you seen in your frozen waste or tropical paradise? Let us know.
Monday, 1 December 2008
But it was pretty much white-out conditions. That is a person with a large dog appearing in the murk about 30 yards away!
Friday, 28 November 2008
Thursday, 27 November 2008
Where to next? Where-ever Frank drags us. Actually that's unfair because he doesn't pull on his lead and is extremely well trained - a credit to his previous owners. A cracking rescue dog, I just hope we don't spoil his good manners.
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
The number of small birds attracted the attention of a Sparrowhawk, which if anything was travelling even faster than the Peregrine we had seen a few minutes earlier. Maybe it just seemed it was faster because it was nearer and we had the bushes as a background. It was certainly shifting, but like the Peregrine it missed its evening meal.
In the last of the light we headed back to Base Camp - a good afternoon's safari.