Just a few photo’s from my last outing

Well if it isn’t Mr Robin. Sitting on his perch.

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Love this picture of a blackbird

Another Blackbird, wondering why I am taking pictures of him.

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And finally, Our grand Long-Tailed tit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Year’s Eve – Minsmere

Minsmere on New Year’s Eve, the first time we were both off and actually able to go bird watching. I can’t tell you how much I have missed going out and trying to spot some magnificent birds with Luke.

img_7257 Squirrels today at Minsmere were going mental. All you heard as you entered the main walk, was the chattering and squeaks of these little things. Apparently it is mating season for squirrels at the moment, which is what we were witnessing out and about. While Luke was getting use to his new Lens, I kept myself occupied by taking pictures of them running around. I love this picture.

As we were at the Bittern Hide, we saw two swans, a Marsh Harrier in the distance and a bittern that flew over the field. We were both unable to get a decent photo of this, but was incredible to watch.

As we continued our walk around, we spotted these beautiful swans swimming on duckweed. I loved sitting and watching them eating away.

FUN FACT! A swan has over 25000 feathers in its body!

FUN FACT 2! An adult male is the only bird that has a penis! (that one made me chuckle a little bit)

Later on during the day after a nice cup of coffee to warm us up, we spotted a goldcrest! I have seen these before around Needham market but was amazing to see again. Lets see if you can spot him in my pictures.

Honestly, it is such a beautiful bird, but so small that you really have to look hard to see them.  It was once known as the golden-crested wren, the goldcrest is not only Britain’s smallest bird, but the smallest in the western Palearctic. I have read that some exhausted goldcrest migrants are typically unafraid of humans, and some will even land on people. How cool would that be?

I saw my first ever Dunnock today. I know it might not be the most attractive bird, bbut these birds are very shy and are normally very hard to spot. Dunnocks like to feed near the shelter of bushes and garden plants – they must feel safe there, they almost seem like secretative birds as they hop about undercover.

And last but not least, the Redshanks were out to play today. Luke and I spent ages sitting there, watching them eating and flying around. They were incredible to watch.

I would say, all in all a good day out. We saw several marsh harriers in the end and even caught a glimpse of an otter finding some food. Can’t wait for our next day out.

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Double Post! Snowdon and Red Kites

Wales is… AMAZING! I can’t believe I spent 4 days there. Time flew past so quickly. Bala is such and amazing place, the views are stunning and the people are so lovely. It was such a lovely holiday away and Luke and I can’t wait to go back some time this year.

First, after a very relaxing morning with a beautiful breakfast we decided to take down the mountain, we were on our way to climb Snowdon. We were going to attempt to climb the mountain via the miners track.

Luke took these amazing photo of our lovely hike up the mountain. I can honestly say I struggled, I am not very steady on my feet and I am known for tripping up over or losing my balance, but I made it to the top and all the way back down again with no major incidents (although did give Luke several mini heart attacks as I tripped/slipped over some wet stones a few times on the way down.)

While travelling up the mountain, we did see a few birds. We came across several Pipits. It is streaky olive-brown above and dirty white underneath with dark streaking. It breeds around the coast where there are rocky beaches, and most of the birds that breed in the UK are residents, with only the young birds dispersing once they become independent.

 

After climbing up and down Snowdon with the gull that seemed to be following us, we went safely back to our hotel with soaking wet clothes for a nice takeaway and a lovely cup of tea, ready for our next adventure.

 

After a good nights sleep (for Luke, again I was up at half 5 in the morning), we went for a drive down to Gigrin Farm.

Gigrin Farm is a 200 acre family-run working farm, now famous for their Red Kite Feeding Centre. Hundreds of Red Kites feed here every day. It is a truly breathtaking spectacle. The Red Kite Centre is located in the most beautiful countryside, in the heart of Mid Wales, overlooking both the Wye and Elan Valleys, and just half a mile from the market town of Rhayader.

Here you have some lovely kite and buzzard pictures from both Luke and I.

Enjoy!!!

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Noswaith dda, from Wales!

Noswaith dda (meaning Good Evening in welsh) from these happy bird watchers today.

Today we arrived in Bala, Wales, checked in to our lovely hotel and went on a small walk in Betws-y-Coed.

While there we went on a sunny walk through the Gwydir Forest, hike over rock terrain and finally saw our first bird of this welsh hoilday.

As we walked through Gwydir Forest, we did manage to take some lovely scenic pictures. The walk was amazing and so peaceful.

But this trip was not in vain, as we manage to get a glimpse of a beautiful heron, hiding along the rocks.

The beautiful Heron, our only find of the day.

DID YOU KNOW? 

Herons are among the earliest nesters. It’s not unusual for some birds to lay their first eggs in early February, though the normal start is early March, peaking at the end of the month.

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I have to add these here, as they are some of my favourite pictures of Luke.

 

Anyway, will talk to tomorrow after I have had my adventure climbing Snowdon. Wish me luck.

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Apologies

Today I writing to ask forgiveness on very little posting but Luke and I have been very busy with work commitments over the last few months and haven’t really had a chance to go and explore the world with our camera’s.

 

We will, however be posting lots of pictures of the birds we seen and amazing landscapes, as we explore the glorious lands of wales in the next few days which I am very much looking forward too.

 

I do have some adorable pictures of the ducklings around Needham Lake. I do love the summer when they all start paddling in the water. They are just adorable.

I have to say, I do love Ducks.

Interesting Factoid:

Ducks sleep with half their brains awake. Ducks are more likely to sleep with one eye open when they are located on the edge of sleeping groups.

Ducks can detect predators in less than a second.( WOW!!!! Isn’t that amazing?)

Anyway, best go start packing the suitcase for our trip, will leave you with this amazingly funny picture Luke took of a goose XD

 

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Pokey Tongue!

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Mega Post

Apologies for not uploading for a while.Have had a busy few weeks back at work after the half term and I was coming home and just wanting to sleep 😦

Anyway, Thought I would upload some photos of the beautiful birds we have seen in the last two weeks. Going to start off with one of Luke’s and my favourite.

The bearded tit, or their Latin name: Panurus biarmicus

 

Fun Factoid about Bearded tits. Remarkably, they completely change their diet between summer and winter. They eat insects in the summer, but feed on seeds in the autumn, when they need grit to help them digest the tough seeds.

I thought they were exceptionally pretty birds (first time seeing one). Luke likes them too. They are one of his favourite birds and I can see why.

Our next bird on the list is a Brambling, or the Latin name Fringilla montifringilla.

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Will have to admit, this is not the prettiest bird I have seen but it looks amazing. We had trouble identifying this bird so had to ask as neither Luke or I had seen one before. We got told it was a male brambling and apparently one of the rarest finches that visit Minsmere RSPB.

Next is the ChiffChaff, also called in Latin; Phylloscopus collybitachiffchaff

I do love the song the chiffchaff sings. Its very pleasant to listen too.

Factoid: The Chiffchaff is a tiny leaf warbler about the size of a Blue tit. Chiffchaffs are summer visitors to Britain, and are among the first migrant songbirds to arrive in the spring. They winter in the Mediterranean and western Africa.

Next bird is the Goldcrest, otherwise known as Regulus regulus. They are the smallest birds in the UK.

Fun Factoid; They measure in at 8.5 cm and weighing just 5 grams (a 10p piece weighs 6.5grams!)

We have also spotted in the last two weeks (but were unable to get clear pictures of them);

Green Woodpecker

Black Cap

Kingfisher

Barn Owl

Kestrel and a buzzard.

As well as 1 unidentifiable bird 😦

Thank you for reading this blog. I hope I will keep you all up to date from now on and upload as soon as we have come back from our lovely trips out.

 

 

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Lone Venture

While Luke was at work, I went out with my camera in Needham Market to see what I could find. I didn’t encounter too many fancy birds but did get some great shots of the Great Crested Grebe that I always see on the lake.

Fun Factoid; The Great Crested Grebe is a delightfully elegant water-bird with ornate head plumes which led to its being hunted for its feathers, almost leading to its extermination from the UK. On land they are clumsy because their feet are placed so far back on their bodies. They have an elaborate courtship display in which they rise out of the water and shake their heads. Very young grebes often ride on their parents’ backs.

Another bird I spotted (which is a first for me, and I might not be a big deal to some) is a Grey Wagtail. I will have to say, they are really pretty birds and I did enjoy watching them flying around the woodland area at Needham Lakes. I think this Grey Wagtail is a female, due to having a duller color than some of the pictures I have seen online (Please correct me if I am wrong)

According to the RSPB website, these bird are in the Red status. Red is the highest conservation priority, with species needing urgent action.

Fun Factoid; The Grey Wagtail is more colourful than its name suggests with slate grey upper parts and distinctive lemon yellow under-tail. Its tail is noticeably longer than those of pied and yellow wagtails.

 

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