Saturday, 1 August 2020

Grey Squirrels Frolicking

I have been bingeing on Peregrine and Swift postings this summer - and loving it - such a privilege!   Will be returning to different antics in the garden now and have to hope this squirrel behaviour won't be leading to yet more young this year.   Whole flowers from a Magnolia Grandiflora have been taken off their tree and I've found them lying in pieces around the garden.   Don't know whether they are responsible...

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Swifts II

Not sure how long I should wait before feeling confident that at least one, possibly two of the nesting boxes, will be used this year.

Monday, 20 July 2020

Swifts at Nesting Boxes

Swifts are still here!   They appear to be giving serious consideration to nesting here this year - and I'm thrilled!   Their flight is so fast that a really good photograph of that is not anticipated, but practice will continue.   This morning I saw two Swifts enter one of the boxes about 3 seconds apart and I didn't see them come back out!

Friday, 17 July 2020

Swifts in the Garden

Last year I had two Swift boxes installed on the chimney breast, and also have an MP3 player with Swift sounds on it.   The sounds play during daylight hours to attract Swifts to look at the nesting boxes.   Absolutely nothing happened last year and I had been warned by Dick Newell that Swifts choose a long straight flight to the boxes, and I don't have that for them!

Imagine my absolute joy when today I've had several Swifts prospecting!!   I think I counted up to 5 at any one time and these are the images I was able to take first thing.   I also saw a Swift exiting from a nesting hole three times - but of course don't know whether it was the same Swift.

If they think this is a 'des res' there will be more postings, of that I can be sure!

Saturday, 11 July 2020

Ennerdale Water, October 2018, Lake District

I'm still putting books of photographs together so certain images will be interspersed here.

Tuesday, 7 July 2020


It's disconcerting to see how easily a young squirrel tackles an overhang.   A juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker adopted a similar pose!

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Pied Wagtail - Ely Cathedral

I did take just a very few more photographs of Peregrine but this Pied Wagtail introduces a change!  What is amazing is how a number of insects, or for different species fish, are collected in the bill before the adult returns to the nest to feed pre-fledgelings.   How come they don't fly or swim away or fall out?

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Early 20th Century Pottery in Germany

I offered to take some photographs of this unique pottery which belonged to the German grandfather of someone who lives locally and is indeed a grandfather himself.    The handpainted pieces are very pleasing to look at - colour range and design, and precious to the grandfather in whose care they rest.

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Last few photographs of Peregrine

Who would have expected a Peregrine to watch a Wood Pigeon land on the ledge in front of it and walk past without any attempt to catch it.  Extraordinary!   Had the Peregrine already just eaten a huge meal, of Pigeon?!   Just a couple more photographs to portray the moving on from Peregrine postings........

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Ely Peregrines - Juveniles practising flying skills

What a display of competence within one week of leaving the nest and flying!    Peregrines use their flight speed to catch prey and need to be extremely agile to change direction quickly.    Sometimes they are calling and often keeping a keen eye on their sibling.