Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Goldfinch............................................................ a splash of colour in the garden

A wonderful bird to see in the garden... and the most colourful.

Goldfinch on my garden feeder enjoying the sunflower hearts.
"Picture of the Day" on the company's website today so feeling pleased.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Solar Eclipse..................................................................... from my office window

This is the best shot of the Solar Eclipse I managed to take on Friday (20/3/15)

Captured with my little point and shoot through the office window around 9.30am.
It was very cloudy in Manchester but we were lucky enough to get a glimpse of the event.
It won't happen again here until 2026.

Our World Tuesday

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Action camera on the feeders............................................................ first attempt

I bought this little Action Camera on Amazon... it's a Qumox SJ4000.

A GoPro lookalike...

 ...it came with loads of accessories including this waterproof case... all for just £69.

The bracket is for mounting the camera on bike handlebars... and of course bird feeding stations.

I captured this little clip of a Starling within minutes of setting it up.
It's played at half speed.
The plastic lid on the feeder is usually lower to keep the bigger birds out...
 ...a bit of tweaking and hopefully I will get some nice close up videos.

Linking to Saturday's CrittersCamera CrittersThe Bird D'pot
and Wild Bird Wednesday

Monday, 16 March 2015

Arthur (my grandson) came to visit this weekend........ oh my he's a busy one!

My son Craig visited this weekend with my grandson Arthur.
Two and a half years old and a right handful... he was into everything.

We walked up to Mandy's new house to show Craig around.
 The only time the little fella sat still was when we put the television on.

A kids cartoon with singing birds kept him quiet for a few minutes.
He told us who the characters were... but his attention span didn't last too long.

His love of birds still needs to develop.
He was soon looking out at the garden... asking to go outside.

 Then checking out how the curtains worked.

 My favourite moment was when he asked me if I wanted a cup of tea... priceless!

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Providing nesting material for my garden birds....................................................

I called into my local Pets at Home store on my way home tonight to buy sunflower hearts.
Sunflower hearts are by far the favorite food of choice of my garden birds.

While I was in the shop I spotted this item... Wildbird Nesting Wool. 
British Nesting Wool... Soft and Warm.
They only had two left so I bought them both... a little bit pricey at £3 a packet!
Fingers crossed I get to see some of my garden birds putting it to good use this Spring.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Treecreeper................................................................................. Certhia familiaris

Treecreeper

                                             A wonderful bird to watch circling up a tree feeding.

                                         Linking to Our World Tuesday and Wild Bird Wednesday

Monday, 2 March 2015

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Hanging from the same branch...............................................................................

These images were captured back in October during the Red Deer rut.

 We watched this stag as he honed his antlers... preparing for the rut.

Mandy checking out the same branch a few minutes later... stripped of it's bark.
Getting so close to nature is wonderful... just look at that face.

Linking to Saturday's Crittters and Our World Tuesday

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Taking a train ride............................................................................... over the sea

I have been meaning to share these images for a few months.
They are from our trip to Grange over Sands in October.

We took the train to visit Ulvertson from Grange over Sands.
 Grange railway station was built in 1872.

On our return journey we purchased tickets to travel on to the village of Arnside.

Crossing the estuary over this ancient bridge was an an amazing experience. 

We had a lovely meal outside at a pub overlooking the small pier, estuary and railway bridge.

It's a long crossing by rail over the water...

...but well worth it.
Arnside was such a lovely place to visit.

Our World Tuesday

Thursday, 19 February 2015

59........................................................................................... and being a bit spoilt

 It's my 59th Birthday today and it's been wonderful.
A Chinese takeaway at Mandy's for dinner after work... with wine.
A summer fruit meringue for afters.

I was then allowed to watch the football on TV... Liverpool won 1-0.
A brilliant day... and many thanks to Mandy for the new watch visible in the first pic XX

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Mute Swan fishing................................................................. and eating it's catch

Have any of you ever witnessed this behaviour before.

We watched as this swan caught and killed three fish then ate them.
We had never witnessed this before.

Wild Bird Wednesday

Sunday, 15 February 2015

We're decorating.......................................................................................................

Apologies for the lack of comments on blogs... and a lack of posts from me.

Mandy has been in her new house for almost two months and has now decided how she wants it.
So the paint brushes are out... new carpets and furniture ordered it's busy! busy! busy!
I'm hoping getting out and about with the camera is going to be sooner rather than later.

Our World Tuesday

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Monday, 9 February 2015

Another Raven shot..................................................................................................

I spent over 20 minutes in the company of this bird using the car as a hide.

I captured this in August 2012... two and a half years later I am still editing my images.
It really was a wonderful encounter... please scroll down to see more images.

Wild Bird Wednesday

Thursday, 5 February 2015

A few more images of the Llandudno Ravens.......................................................


We spent over 20 minutes in the company of these wonderful birds...
...next to the boating lake in Llandudno.

 We had put broken biscuits on the wall to lure the juvenile Herring Gulls...  
... never in a month of Sundays did we expect to see these wonderful birds so close.

It was an amazing experience.

Linking to Saturday's CrittersThe Bird D'pot and Our World Tuesday

Monday, 2 February 2015

The Superb Bird of Paradise.................................. a stunning courtship display

I have just watched Birds of Paradise with David Attenborough and just had to share this clip.


The Superb Bird of Paradise's courtship display is amazing to watch.
To me the male morphs into a cartoon... fantastic.

I have been so aware of colourful tropical birds nearly all my life.
I collected cards of birds and African and Asian wildlife from tea packets as a youngster.
The Tropical Birds set is from 1961... I was just 5 years old.
By the way Mum (84 in a few weeks) still has my collections.

 Wild Bird Wednesday

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Llandudno Ravens............................................................ a wonderful encounter


I have shared these images before... it was the day a little boy threw sand all over my camera while we were visiting Llandudno in North Wales.
At the time it was a disastrous moment... but without it I wouldn't have captured these images.

While we sat in the car cleaning my lens we put biscuits on the wall next to where we where parked.
The juvenile Herring Gulls were so bold... even feeding from Mandy's hand.

When the Ravens arrived to share the hobnobs they just took over...
...we used the car as a hide and I just kept snapping away.


It was our first ever encounter with wild Ravens and a moment I will never forget.
With over twenty minutes in their company... I just carried on clicking away.

Linking to Saturday's CrittersCamera CrittersThe Bird D'pot,
and Our World Tuesday

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Hawk Walk Experience Christmas gift...................... really looking forward to it

We received a wonderful Christmas gift from my grandson Arthur.

A One-Hour Hawk Walk Experience for two.

The Hawk Walk Experience... description from their website.

"Feel the rush of wind beneath a bird of preys wings as it lands on your gloved fist in an exilarating experience you will never forget".
"With a sociable Harris Hawk for company enjoy a stroll through the Cheshire countryside with a friend or loved one and learn about these beautiful birds of prey".


"Handle and fly a barn owl, kestrel or another bird of prey while you enjoy an hour-long walk".

 We watched a falconry display while visiting at the Cheshire Show last June.

 All the images on this post were taken then.

 "Bring your camera along to take photographs of the birds"  says the website.

You bet we will.
I hope to have plenty of images to share when we get to handle the birds.
We have to use the voucher by the 25th of March so will be booking our trip soon.

Linking to The Bird D'potOur World Tuesday and Wild Bird Wednesday

Thursday, 22 January 2015

I've won a prize.................................................................. £25 worth of bird food

I entered one of my Robin images in to Ark Wildlife's monthly photo competition and am delighted to announce I have won a prize.
A voucher for £25 to spend on any of their products.

They sell all sorts of wildlife goods... but mainly bird food and feeders.
I have loads of feeders in the garden so it made sense to spend my winnings on bird food.
Eight kg of free bird seed arrived the day after I placed my order.
Two mixes of sunflower hearts... one with meal worms the other with suet....
 ...plus a Song Bird mix I paid for.
If the birds flock in... Ark Wildlife have a customer for life.

Monday, 19 January 2015

It's freezing!...............................................................................................................

Winter has arrived in Cheshire.
2014 was the warmest on record for the UK... it's hard to believe at the moment.

I am not posting as much as I would like as Mandy has bought a new house.
 All our spare time is being taken up with the move.
Mandy's new front door takes less than a minute to walk to from mine... it's doubled our space.

Linking to Our World TuesdayWild Bird WednesdaySaturday's Critters and Camera Critters

Monday, 12 January 2015

Fame at last......................................................................................... the outcome

A few weeks ago I received an e-mail from a local magazine asking to do a feature about my blog.
My original post is here; "ourtown"

The article has now been published.

  "ourtown the northwich magazine" is an advertisement led magazine.distributed free.

 The bird watcher on the front cover refers to me.

A few of my photos featured in the article but Mandy was delighted to inform me the biggest picture was taken by her... that brought me back down to earth.

Here I am... camera in hand (photo courtesy of Mandy).
The rambles worldwide refers to all of you... my blogging friends from all over the world.
Many thanks for being my friends.

Linking to Our World Tuesday and Wild Bird Wednesday