I spend a lot of time just walking along the banks of the river (Great Ouse) during my lunch breaks and on the odd occasion or two a quick evening stroll before I make the mad dash home through the traffic. Always carrying a camera of some sort I get to take a lot of photographs of swans, geese (mainly Canada geese) ducks, the resident cormorants and of course the herons.
I find herons fascinating birds, they are so patient, waiting for the right moment, then quick as a flash they have caught their supper.
Where one Canada goose, the rest follows….. They graze constantly, then one after another they synchronize their dive into the river, swimming across to see if someone sitting on the opposite bank has something for them.
The swans of course just glide up and down the river
Meet up for a quick chat (and a bite to eat)
Pop over to see what others are having for lunch
and then its Homeward Bound
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For a walk around a Local Nature Reserve (LNR)
No visitor centres, no other people. Just Nature!
Alas no sounds of yellow-hammers singing about bread and no cheese.
Just the alarm calls of the pheasants and other ground nesting birds as I ventured too close to them on my walk.
It the distance I could hear……….. the roar of a train as it hurtled along the tracks.
In seconds it was gone.
Peace at last
After along walk around the meadow (always following the paths laid out)
I returned to my starting point, collecting only memories and photos.
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This weekend I took a short walk along a country road.
As the cars whizzed by I took the time to look around me, to see what is missed when you travel by car.
I could watch a heron fishing all day. They have so much patience.
and then in a flash
They take flight
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Today I embarked on a long Sunday morning walk, before it got too hot!
My walk took me along a bridleway, and after a few minutes the sound of traffic with the sound of birdsong.
Butterflies flitted from flower to flower, bees buzzed.
Horses grazed in their field
and as I looked across the fields
I spied this little chap
The ground is still very dry as the heatwave continues.
All in all a pleasant Sunday morning walk, meeting a few dog walkers, and the constant sound of yellowhammers singing in the distance.
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On one of my regular lunchtime walks along the river, I passed through my usual turning point (Town Bridge) and made my way to the weir. Sitting down to eat my lunch, camera at the ready I spied the usual swans, ducks and Canada geese. It was a pleasant surprize to see a couple of herons fly in.
It was many years ago on this river that I first saw a heron for the first time.
As I sat watching the Canada geese, I became aware that they were watching me as they grazed the sunburnt grass
One in particular followed me to the rubbish bin as I disposed of my sandwich packaging, hissing his disappointment
at not receiving a snack!
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The clean up continues
and gradually the river returns to normal
The Canada Geese on Patrol
Whilst a few ducks enjoy the sunshine
sitting by the river
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