Sunday, 5 February 2017

Back early.

I had a displaying pair of GC Grebes today at the lake, this is my earliest pair back on site.  Very nice to see and i hope they have a succesful year.

Decent numbers of Pochard, Shoveler, and Goosanders as well though Mutes, Tufted, and Mallard seem down. Fox reported by a resident.





Thursday, 26 January 2017

Good Samaritan.

My mate became a Good  Samaritan and offerd me a lift to see the Pacific Diver at DB country park. I gratefully accepted as ive not seen a new species for a few years.

Its a while since ive ventured the coast, so it came as a surprise at the development of the wind turbines and other works that are swallowing our green spaces.

On arrival  we could see a number of folks already admiring the bird so we headed down towards the waterside. I had to off road the Rollator bt the terrain stopped me getting to the waters edge, so i had to settle for being a bit further away looking over peoples heads.

The diver showed well and explained the many great photos ive seen of it, it hunted for its food constantly, and its clearly content with its current home.  I managed a few photos of this bonny bird.





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.





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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.