Category Archives: Lakes

Spring has Arrived

The sun shines (sometimes) the birds are singing and some are nesting.

and some are getting into their best bib and tucker

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Research

Research can take many forms.  For many it may mean just surfing the web, for others a trip to the library or the local archives office.

Lately I have been in ‘research mode’ gathering information for a few different projects I am currently working on.  However it has thrown up a few surprises that I have filed away for another day.

Looking at original documents that are over 100 years old is fascinating, be they a title deed or a letter from a soldier to his parents during the first world war.

Many years ago when I was a teenager I took up birdwatching seriously. However  there were not many bird identification books available in my price range.  So if I saw some birds locally that I had not identified before, I would often take a detour to the local museum (it was further along the riverbank) check out the natural history display cases and then return to birdwatching, confident I had correctly identified the birds seen.

Now of course it is so much easier.  On a break from my research, I stopped off at one of my regular birdwatching haunts  (mainly to try out my new telescope) Once in the nearest hide I looked out onto the lake hoping to see if there were some birds I hadn’t  seen before.  I was in luck. A male and a female smew in amongst the tufted ducks and  wigeon.  Alas I did not get a photo, but true to the ‘old ways’ I made a note of the behaviour and characteristics of the birds as well as the colour and size etc. Once back home (after a quick stop off at the local supermarket) I confirmed my sightings.

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However I can never resist a picture of a swan.

 

Sometimes

I am not just quick enough.

In Flight

To take the shot I want.

The other day I was out walking in one of my usual haunts, camera in hand, hoping to add to my collection of bird photos.  It was a rather dreary day, it couldn’t decide what it was going to do.  A persistent drizzle threatened to turn into a downpour.  Still I had decided I would do a spot of birdwatching after I had completed the mundane housekeeping tasks.
Looking along the path through the woods I spied

Sun shining through the clouds

the sun shining through the clouds.

Looking up through the trees I spied this little chap helping himself to a few red berries.

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And waiting patiently as always …..

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Waiting Patiently

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