06
Jul
15

Searching and finding

The rain yesterday delayed our mammoth hunt along the cliffs until the sun came out. Yes you read that right we were hunting mammoths … we found some too, and not a gun in sight. More on that story another time perhaps.

It was after we’d emptied our pockets of fossils, done our ‘show and tell’ and were having a bite to eat that a couple of Grey Partridges decided to take a flying dip into the pond – what outlandish behaviour for something with such a stiff upper lip as an ‘English’ Partridge. It’s the heat… the damned heat.

Sundays much needed precipitation brought a freshness to the garden this morning. The wildflower border was positively buzzing with insects. Amid the myriad of hoverflies I was trying to identify there was the one pictured x several hundred more. It was more about trying out a new macro lens than anything else. Good to see the base of the food chain doing well in our little oasis here at Falcon Cottage.

Not long now. Soon be jetting away to southern climes in search of Beaked Whales, and more, on the Azores. I wonder what we’ll find?

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03
Jul
15

The wonderful east coast

Just a few photos taken on this years East Coast Seabird Tour. Bookings now being taken for next years tour. See the website here for itinerary and prices.

Arctic Tern Common Tern Eider Gannet Guillemots Herring Gull Puffin Sandwich Tern

01
Jul
15

Pyramids, Frogs, Lizards, Bees and Marshes

A day of orchids … and little else but beautiful, beautiful orchids.

Bee Orchid Early Marsh Orchid (ochroleuca) Frog Orchid.. Frog Orchid Lizard Orchid...... Lizard Orchid.... Lizard Orchid.. Lizard Orchid Pyramidal Orchid.. Pyramidal Orchid

 

29
Jun
15

First Swim

Over the edge. A jump into the unknown. This young Guillemot ‘glided’ down to the sea as we watched it from the boat off Staple Island in the Farne Islands earlier this month. ‘Glided’ is a bit strong really; it was more like ‘plummeted’. Anyways he was on the sea and out of the nest. Being looked after by his parents he had escaped the attentions of the marauding Herring Gulls when we left him.

The place and surrounding area is just utopia for Wildlife Photographers. Next years tour will be advertised very soon.

Guillemot

27
Jun
15

Thunderbirds are go!

Something broke my concentration. It took me a while to realise it was a commotion in the garden. The panicky alarm call of a Blue Tit took me to the back window. I could see an adult alarming in the back sycamores moving from one side of the garden to the other. She was worried about something. I was looking for the Stoat or perhaps the neighbours cat. Nothing. What was she alarming over? It took me a while to see the splashing in the corner of the pond. A bit of an International rescue was called for. When I perched her recently fledged youngster in the sunshine to dry off it wasn’t long before his mother came down to gather him up.

Blue Tit

 

 

25
Jun
15

Bottlenose Dolphins in Wales

… and here are some of the Bottlenose Dolphins we saw on our ‘Wild Weekend in Wales’ the other week.

Bottlenose Dolphin 2 Bottlenose Dolphin

23
Jun
15

Two a penny

At one time finding a Buzzard in East Anglia was akin to finding the Koohinor; and I don’t mean the local Tandoori. It was a red letter day. Now … two a penny; just like Wales … where this photo was taken.

Buzzard




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