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View towards river from visitors centre

Sue and I decided to go to the RSPB reserve at Pulborough Brooks in Sussex today. This reserve is situated on the side of the River Arun valley and has wonderful views. It is also a very good place for Nightingales and Cuckoos in summer and these were our target birds for today.

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Arriving at the reserve we made our down towards the hides overlooking the river valley, we could hear a Nightingale singing and stopped for a while to listen. It was in cover and we did not get to see it. As we listened I heard a distant Cuckoo but alas these were to be our only encounter with either species today.

View from hide overlooking Brooks

We moved onto the river valley hides and looked out over the Brooks (the flood-plain of the river). Here were a selection of waterbirds and we got some clear sightings of Blackcap. Common Whitethroat and Chiffchaff singing from their perches on trees or bushes. A Reed bunting and a Stonechat could be seen out on the Brooks in the vegetation. Sue spotted a single drake Mandarin duck, which was an unexpected find. At the last hide there was a family of Lapwings with 4 chicks and a Common Sandpiper. A common Redshank was heard calling but was not located.

Little Egret

Northern Lapwing

Common Chiffchaff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although our target species were found, it would have been nice to have seen them – maybe next time? Apart from the birds there was lots of other wildlife to see. Early Dragonflies included Large Red Damselfly and Hairy Dragonfly and Butterflies recorded were Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue and Red Admiral.

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Sika Deer (I Think)

Man-made hole?

Highland Cattle that graze grassland area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Pheasant [sp] (Phasianus colchicus)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca)
Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Eurasian Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Red Kite [sp] (Milvus milvus)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Common Redshank [sp] (Tringa totanus)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
European Herring Gull [sp] (Larus argentatus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Cuckoo [sp] (Cuculus canorus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Great Spotted Woodpecker [sp] (Dendrocopos major)
Eurasian Jay [sp] (Garrulus glandarius)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Western Jackdaw [sp] (Coloeus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Long-tailed Tit [sp] (Aegithalos caudatus)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Eurasian Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
Eurasian Wren [sp] (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Eurasian Nuthatch [sp] (Sitta europaea)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Song Thrush [sp] (Turdus philomelos)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
Common Nightingale [sp] (Luscinia megarhynchos)
European Stonechat [sp] (Saxicola rubicola)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
Dunnock [sp] (Prunella modularis)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Common Linnet [sp] (Carduelis cannabina)
Common Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni)
Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
Speckled Wood [sp] (Pararge aegeria)

Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)
Hairy Dragonfly (Brachytron pratense)

Garden in colour

Posted: April 11, 2017 in Landscape, London, Natural History, UK
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On this bright sunny morning, the gardens are looking wonderful with a riot of colour.

30 minutes to waste before a meeting near Hyde Park Corner gave me the opportunity to walk through Green Park. Once inside it is easy to forget you are in the city as you wander through the stands of trees.

Just the buildings peeking over the tree-tops remind you of the world beyond the trees

One of my favourite parts of the country.

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It was a beautiful sunny morning so I decided to do a short walk. Having checked the tide timetable I set out for Formby Point, just a few miles along the coast.

I parked at the National Trust beach car park and set out along the Squirrel Trail. The pine woods are home to one of the remaining colonies of the native red squirrel. I was hoping to see some and maybe get some photos.

27 Formby Pinewoods

I thought it would be quiet but I had forgotten it was the school holidays and there were lots of families and children enjoying the fresh air. I did see several squirrels but each time one was spotted a chorus of voices rang out. “ Look Mummy, there’s a squirrel. Of course the poor animal quickly disappeared.

I left the woods and entered an open area. Signposts indicated I was on a stretch of the…

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Brixham sunset

Posted: March 27, 2017 in Devon, Landscape, UK
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In case any regulars haven’t noticed yet – I love photographing sunsets. Here are some photos from my recent trip to Devon.

 

UK Border force patrol boat docked at Dartmouth

UK Border force patrol boat docked at Dartmouth

The paddle steamer Kingswear Castle, which is used for river trips in the summer from Dartmouth all the way to Totnes

The paddle steamer Kingswear Castle, which is used for river trips in the summer from Dartmouth all the way to Totnes

HMS Hindustan permanently based at Dartmouth as part of the Naval Academy

HMS Hindustan permanently based at Dartmouth as part of the Naval Academy

Travelling up river

Travelling up river

Dittisham Village

Dittisham Village

Greenway - The home of Agatha Christie

Greenway – The home of Agatha Christie

Whilst Keith and I were in devon we took a cruise around the mouth of the River Dart aboard the Dittisham Princess

The Dittisham Princess

The Dittisham Princess

The passenger ferry between Dartmouth and Kingswear

The passenger ferry between Dartmouth and Kingswear

Dartmouth Royal Naval College

Dartmouth Royal Naval College

The Car ferry between Dartmouth and Kingswear

The Car ferry between Dartmouth and Kingswear

The mouth of the harbour with the sea beyond

The mouth of the harbour with the sea beyond

Dartmouth Castle - originally built to protect the entrance to the harbour

Dartmouth Castle – originally built to protect the entrance to the harbour

Kingswear Castle - built to match Dartmouth castle on the opposite side of the harbour enterance

Kingswear Castle – built to match Dartmouth castle on the opposite side of the harbour enterance

 

 

Let it Snow

Posted: February 13, 2017 in Landscape, London, Natural History, UK
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Snow has become increasingly rare in London and this past weekend we experienced our first snowfall of the year. It didn’t amount to much as most did not settle but it did make the trees in the garden look like a Christmas card for a couple of hours.

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The autumn trees in the garden are one of my favourite subjects for photography. This year I didn’t really get around to photographing them in their splendour, but now as autumn slips into winter there are still some holding on.

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As the afternoon drew on during our recent trip to London Wetland Centre we were treated to some wonderful skies

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