Posts Tagged ‘birding and wildlife tours.

13
Sep
16

Wild cattle

On our mammal tour of the UK next May we call in to see the only heard of wild cattle in the country. Magnificent beasts these. Not wide cattle bred for meat or dairy they are completely free from drugs or veterinary intervention. They are lean and sinewy; very much a completely wild beast of the hills and forests; dangerous too!

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11
Jun
15

Butter wouldn’t melt.

The pale green rosettes of Common Butterwort have appeared all over our marshy heaths. Less obvious is the fine stalk topped with the tiny vivid Cornflower blue blossom. This flower is the insect attractant; the bait. Some unsuspecting victim flies in expecting nectar or pollen only to become thwarted by all those fine sticky hairs. Dropping to the leaves the insect will be held fast by sticky foliage that will curl up around its victim and digest it!

The places Common Butterwort grow are so lacking in nutrients … it just has to obtain them any way it can!

Common Butterwort

25
Nov
13

Dancing Partners

Something caught my eye as we turned the corner in the road the other day. I could see a gathering of gulls on the plough, their white plumage was easy to see in the gloom of the morning … but there was something else. I pulled over and lifted my optics to get a closer look. The field was liberally scattered with Cranes; sixteen of them to be precise.

As I set up the camera at the back of the Landrover I could here there distinctive calls. Two were singing and dancing together; leaping in the air and parachuting down on open wings.

Such beautiful birds in an amazing display.

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Cranes




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