Sunday, 15 January 2017

Sunny Saturday.

A siuny Saturday persuaded me to travel to the Fish Quay for a better look at the Iceland gull i saw briefly on my last trip.

On arrival i  had a scan  i was quickly alerted to its presence by those already photographing it in the harbour, showing well and close it was picking around the boats and i managed to get a few images.

Then i tried my luck on the river, and a distant Glaucous was slowly drifting down on the tide, so back to the harbour where  another Glaucous appeared, soon to be joined by its pal.

Nice to be out, and have a bit of banter with some familiar faces.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Cullercoats Charmer

With the promise of a sunny and wind free day, i took a chance of a trip to Cullercoats to glimpse the Black Redstart.   Could not get close as i cant handle steps, so had to settle for a perch above the bird.

It favoured a small cliff area above the beach, and already had a few admirers when i arrived flicking away on boulders and beach, before a trip to an adjacent garden.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Been a while.

Since  i have posted anything. Health been  a issue and mobility limited. So a trip to the Lake and Gosforth Park is all i have managed.

Also lost a load of images due to problems with the host site, hopefully sorted now. So i have had a few test shots with the new camera, still trying to find my way around it.


Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Back Home

Back home again after another spell in hospital, not very mobile and still in pain, looks like Autumn may well pass me by.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Bit of Culture.

Had a visit to the Laing Art gallery last week. As ever first port of call is The Northern Spirit exhibition featuring works of local artists and scenes especially the work of Ralph Hedly who captured the ordinary working folk of the North East so well.

Upstairs to the main gallery and just standing and drinking in these wonderful works is a pleasure. Looking at the way the landscape is captured appeals to my natural instincts, and in the case of John Martin`s  four displayed paintings his use of people in the environment  just sets off the magnificence of his work..

Through to the next gallery and my main reason for visiting today to see the For Ever Amber display of wonderful photographs mainly from the 70`s and 80`s around the North East. Most are B&W photos capturing the ordinary folk of the region going about their daily business very sobering as so much has now gone due to political machinations.

Possibly because of my visit to the Laing, and because my foot is still limiting my mobility i went back to Killy Art club yesterday. I always feel intimidated and a bit of a fraud here because my doodles are a far cry from these artistic and creative folk. But they are friendly and its nice to see them at their work, had a great chat with a very senior chap who uses pastels and chalk to do remarkable portraiture with a vitality i can never seem to get in anything i produce.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015


Well ive been back in hospital again, seems i was rushed out to soon, and infection set in again. This time i was told they would remove the rest of my toes, not the best of news.

On the day of the op, i was given insulin, too much it turned out and i felt very unwell by the time i arrived at theater, still anesthetic duly given and i was in dreamland, on awakening in recovery i was surprised to see my toes still there. They had cleaned up the wound and felt it would be enough, time will tell.

Over the ensuing days i experienced both the best of the NHS and the worst, back home now and being cared for by the district nurses, still not mobile, last time i was out birding  was 20th May when i became ill. It seemed all the Grebes at the lake had failed and im not sure if this is still the case.

Cant see me getting far for a while, getting stir crazy.

Sunday, 21 June 2015


Have not posted anything for a while, sadly after taking ill, i spent several weeks in hospital due to an infection and gangrene setting in to my big toe.

Result was amputation of said digit and part of my foot, bit sad really, with Michael Flatley retiring my chance of taking over Riverdance has been nipped in the bud.

Presently in waddle mode, doubt i will be getting out much for a while. Mind with the current weather im not missing much, but the Pratincole has hurt a bit.

Ive been lucky as at one stage it was a possibility that i might lose my whole foot, these things are sent to try us.