Another day off with a slightly iffy forecast for later (EDIT: They weren't wrong!) so I pootled to the river, thinking I'll maybe get an hour down there before the wind and rain set in
First up, a beautifully posing heron
He decided enough was enough, and took flight. I'd never considered a herons feet before....did you realise they were properly clawed??
But my mummy said I could be anything I want.... and I want to be a cormorant!
Quite a nice start I thought. I saw some folk jogging down the path, in camo gear and with camera's... ey up I thought...what have they seen... a reminder that otters are not cute and cuddly, they are predators!
With sharp teeth
But they're still lovely!
I don't know if you remember, back along, I said I wanted either 2 kingfishers in a single shot, or one to pose for me my side of the river....well.... it still hasn't happened!!
The wind started to pick up, and I had a couple of errands to run in town, so headed back to the car, looked up and..
So, errands run, I tootled off home and thought, well it's not raining yet...who knows... so I filled the feeders and set my chair up in the doorway overlooking the garden, out of the wind and settled in to see what came along.;. within about a minute there were robin, dunnock, goldfinch, chaffinch and blackbirds fizzing about, and then up the top of a tree I saw what I thought was a goldfinch, but having seen it on the bigger screen I think is a young greenfinch? (don't get many in the garden)
Suddenly, everything disappeared, and a flurry of pigeons flew off overhead, and then in to land came only the 2nd one I've seen wild (possibly is the same one I saw a couple of weeks ago)
He swooped off after maybe a minute or so and then the garden reignited with the usual fair, apart from the arrival of an antipodean goldfinch!!
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In reply to PimperneBloke:
In reply to Dave - CH:
Dave - CH said: like a big piece of slate
You're sure you don't have a hole in your roof?
Dave - CH said:you're seeing them more readily
I think that's a very valid point, although particularly with the otters, I think, it's luck with timing, as they move up and down the river whenever they feel like it, and it seems every time I go to the river I see them
Dave - CH said: fat wings and the torso barring
I NEVER bare my torso.... oh....wait....barring....
"Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again"
OOooh, I do like a terracotta, slightly wobbly, just set...oh...terra not pana...
Dave - CH said:Flutter-flutter-flutter... gliiiiide
Now you say that, I thought I saw a buzzard overhead shortly before the sparrowhawk landed in the garden, and that was how that flew, so may be it was the sparrowhawk checking things out!?
Dave - CH said:rare wildlife
I think by definition there won't be hundreds that are right there!
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