8 January 2018

Flowers, ferns and headaches


I talked about my ideas and plans for 2018 here and Steve Gale of ND&B was kind enough to recommend a book for identifying wild flowers that would be suitable for a total beginner such as myself.







I've now managed to get a copy of this and it's very interesting and very scary in equal proportions, I've no idea how I'm going to get on but time will tell. There will no doubt be some horrendous mistakes in my identifications which only a total novice could make but I guess that's all part of the process of learning something new.

Being a glutton for punishment I have also printed out a pdf for identifying the most common ferns I'm likely to come across so look out for even more mistakes!

Oh, what fun 2018 is going to be.................


7 January 2018

A little trip to Radipole




Back in early November I started with a heavy cold which lasted until mid December, followed by another that started on Christmas Eve and has only just started to ease. I’ve not really felt up to much at all during this time with the constant coughing and sneezing along with aching joints that really made me feel my age.

Feeling a little better over the last couple of days I decided that I really needed to get out and see some birds so it was off to Radipole RSPB Reserve with bins and camera to see what might show itself. 

There were several Gadwall, one of which paddled its way to a patch of water with reflections of the reeds so I grabbed a quick shot while it was drinking.


 

Grey Herons by the dozen, exactly 12 here sheltering from the wind





and one that is probably more like me, it saw all the others and decided to get away from the crowd and find a quiet patch to settle.



A general view shot from the stone bridge