Monday, 28 September 2020

Eucalyptus Tree - reduced in size

This is a bit of tree surgery I have been waiting on for quite a while, and when it came to it, I hadn't anticipated just how much additional light would shine into the kitchen.   It's wonderful!   Because Eucalyptus will regrow from the trunk, this time it will be kept under control and not be allowed to threaten the house any more.

Friday, 21 August 2020

The same grandson II

 Here are a further few images.

A friend's grandson - enjoying the garden

 I have enjoyed responding to a friend's request to take some photographs of her first grandchild.   I had met the toddler just once before but he soon started trotting round the garden and interacting with his grandmother.   

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?