Everything has it's beauty, but not everyone sees it. - Confucius
Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me
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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

A gathering



Another anniversary of sorts today; but first ............



One of natures greatest spectacles to witness, in my opinion, happens every year about now. Thousands of Starlings gather, and swirl around in the skies just before sunset, as they drop into their roost sites.
An amazing spectacle; and it's FREE!


Of course there are other birds that do this, but it seems the Starlings get all the limelight.
Well, how about a few thousand European Golden Plover, swirling around in the sun.


They don't confine their gatherings to dusk; they'll do it all through the day.
And when the sun is shining .......... what a spectacle!




In winter they can usually be found out in fields, an estuary, or on a wet nature reserve somewhere, often associating with Lapwings.
A little bit smaller than a Lapwing, at 28cm as opposed to 30cm, but a group of them can sound just as vociferous as a group of Lapwing.
They belong to the same family group; Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)



When they all suddenly take to the air, that's when the magic begins.







They swirl around in the sky in a seemingly tight formation,




and then drop back down again, into their noisy groups.





Flying gold.






And on the subject of 'flight', an interesting titbit I found on the BTO website.

"A question about the flight speed of Golden Plover, (now known to be up to 60mph), during a shooting party in Wexford, Ireland, prompted Sir Hugh Beaver, (then chairman of the brewery), to found the Guiness Book of Records in 1955."



I did a shortish video of some the other day; runs for about three and a half minutes.


Hope you enjoy it.







Oh yea, the anniversary.


Well, it was 4 years ago today, that I had my heart attack.
Now I enjoy every day that I wake up in the morning.



Enjoy your day.





Sunday, 19 January 2014

Mallard


Five years worth of blogging today, so to commemorate this auspicious occasion ......... The Mallard.


About a week ago, whilst wandering around my local lake in the sunshine, the usual gang of Mallards flew over for some food. They're usually a tolerant bunch,





but on this occasion, one seemed just a little bit too belligerent.

He singled out another male, (maybe some previous history between them), and they both began squaring up to each other, with much chest pushing.




Eventually it turned into a full blown scrap, grabbing each others necks, and shoving and pushing for some time. A lot longer than I've usually seen them doing this.








It went on for so long, I even managed to get some video.







The instigator was quite a bolshy little git, because no sooner had he finished with one male, he went into the feeding group to pick on another.




Eventually all was peace.





And they went about their lives as normal.



Enjoy the rest of your day.



Wednesday, 15 January 2014

2014 .......... 'allo.



Half way through the first month, so I thought it about time for a post.




Myself and Trevor started the new year visiting the Norfolk coast and Lincolnshire's Frampton Marsh. Great areas, and I'm sure plenty more visits that way will be on the cards, all being well.


I must admit I've been neglecting blogger a little recently. The sparkle seems to be fading a bit; for me anyway. I think this year my posts will be a little sporadic, and only if I think I've something worth sharing.



I want to try and steer away from 'posing birds on a stick' like this Dunnock






and this Redwing.




Nothing much wrong with them, but I'd like to do something a little different.





A freefalling Kestrel with lunch perhaps?




after he'd worked so hard hovering against a strong wind.





I never tire of watching these birds.





Myself and Trev did manage to see a rather cute looking Chinese Water Deer on a visit to Woburn one day though.



 I think a 'cute' picture will always find a place here.





So will something I don't see everyday.



 A Barnacle Goose that was at Frampton Marsh, with some Canada Geese.







And one that was at my local lake, Caldecotte, associating with some Greylags.





This next one I found interesting.




Can you guess who is doing a workout?




I think birds in flight are always worth sharing, especially as I need the practice.




Wigeon







Greylag Geese







 Mute Swan.  (These should be easy, they're big enough.)







I'll finish with a common duck, that will probably take center stage in a future post.






Enjoy the rest of your week.