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Saturday, 18 June 2011

Birds, beasties and bloggers block!

Before I start - Kay and Pauco.... thinking of you!

Well, it's a strange time at the moment and I've never had such a long absence from blogging. Not sure why but..... Not been helped over the last few days by the April-like weather in June; whereas April was more like June!! If that makes any sense at all!!

I've been down in Sussex quite a bit which has been lovely but I'm also separated from the PC and the pictures... but I've a few days at home again now.

Last Monday I popped over to Painshill... Tim had advised that a Hobby has been around but it was not to be seen by me. Not many youngsters about at the moment but the two Great Crested Grebe chicks are really growing up and beginning to get their adult plumage now.

As I crossed the bridge on my way in, a family of House Sparrows were darting about.

On the lake this one, of two, cygnets was "grazing" with Mum and Dad

These two mallards against the reflected blue sky caught my eye..

Last Tuesday I was due down in Sussex later in afternoon so I headed over the Barnes in the morning. I usually tend to concentrate on the birds and details, so this time I took a few pictures of the reserve itself.

The cheery yellow against the backdrop of blue sang out.

En route to Sussex in the afternoon, I dropped in to see what was about at Warnham Nature Reserve.

A (large) Skipper flitted about

and a Mute Swan swam by lazily in the still waters

One of the Great Crested Grebes (I think there are 2 pairs) dived for a meal, but was unsuccessful

I walked on around the reserve and heard a very young call...
A Woodie still in its nest in the tree. In the whole time I stood quietly watching, no parent was to be seen...

On my way back, the Great Crested Grebe was still sitting on her nest.

And one of the Common Terns was fishing

Whilst we sat in the hide, a keen eyed "watcher" saw the Grass Snake and I was just able to grab a couple of shots before it disappeard underneath the hide.

Along the path is a "Bug Hotel" and a clever carving of a beetle in on one of the posts.

A view out over the water..from the first hide.

The Great Crested Grebe's nest is at the end of the rushes (to the right of the mute swans). Hopefully it's a safe spot.

Back home a couple of days ago so I headed over the Barnes this morning. It rain was torrential at times but in a drier period...

One of about 7 moorhen youngsters.

Amazing experience with this tern. We were standing on one of the bridges over the channel and the tern was fishing. Constantly flying backwards and forwards, it then dived on two different occasions and came down under where I was standing. Awesome to see these wonderful birds up so close.

The surviving lone Little Grebe chick..

One of the parents was busy diving..

and finally, a gap in between the rain showers as I left, passing a few of these on the way.
Marsh Orchid

Hopefully I'll be out with the camera more in the next few days - weather permitting of course!


Picturit said...

You may have been away from your PC but you have been very busy with the camera, fantastic images love the Grass snake and the Skipper.

oldcrow61 said...

I know what you mean by bloggers block. I never know what to write about anymore and haven't been taking many pictures to boot. You have some great shots here Tricia. I love the bug hotel and it's giving me ideas, lol. Also one of my favorites is that yellow flower, so bright and cherry. As I love reptiles, the snake of course is another favorite.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful photos, especially the grass snake, tremendous.

holdingmoments said...

Great selection Tricia.
I love that Swan by the reeds, the yellow flower, and the grass snake.

Chris said...

Very nice visit Tricai but I would have been scare to death with this snake. I really hate them! I'm just too afraid of them ;-) Nice pictures you got, and I love the woodpecker one a lot....

Roy said...

April/June what is the difference normally Tricia.{:)
Not a lot.

Tricia said...

Kevin - thank you..I would have liked a sharper shot of the Skipper but it was a bit windy!

OC - hail fellow, well met methinks eh! :)

I can picture a bug hotel out in your garden - it would be top notch accommodation I know :D

Bob - thank you; just lucky for the tip off of the snake.

Kieth - thank you. Would have been nice if the swan had been facing the other way but I liked the combinations of colours and textures.

Chris - I'm with you there - I don't like snakes at all. But somehow when I'm up in a hide and safe, looking down on a snake in water,then it seems much nicer! :D

And I was so lucky with the young woodie!

Tricia said...

Roy - think you've got a point there; none of our months has the expected weather these days. Perhaps we should throw away the rule book and start over again! :D

Anonymous said...

Hi Tricia, well its great to be back on your blog.
Some great shots again, you have not lost the nack of yet again those great photos.
Best for me are, grass snake swimming-Male house sparrow-young woody.
Before i forget,many thanks for your e-mail.


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