Posted in Wild Life at 10:00 on 8 January 2017
One of the outdoor displays at Gardening Scotland 2016 was of various birds of prey. There’s actually a place near where I live where someone keeps birds of prey. I’ve seen a bloke walking in Markinch with an owl on his arm. I have also seen them being displayed in a shopping mall in Kirkcaldy.
I think this is a long-eared owl:-
This looks like a female lesser kestrel:-
Posted in Trips, Wild Life at 12:00 on 10 February 2016
Mount Grace Priory is in North Yorkshire, the best preserved Carthusian monastery in Britain. We popped in there for a look on our way from Northallerton.
Just before the car park there was a pond on the left hand side. I spotted a heron:-
There were some geese too:-
Posted in Trips, Wild Life at 20:00 on 20 December 2015
One of the attractions at Blenheim Palace is a miniature railway which every half hour does a trip from near the car park to a play area, maze and garden centre type thingy.
This is the railway’s station:-
I photographed the train on its return journey to the car park:-
This handsome gentleman was walking along by the side of the station when the train had pulled up:-
This year we returned to Blenheim (the ticket gives free re-entry within a year) and had time to make a trip on the train:-
The locomotive is named after one of Blenheim’s most famous sons:-
Posted in Wild Life at 20:00 on 6 December 2015
This summer we replaced one of the sinks in our house. The old one was then pressed into service as a makeshift pond for the garden.
Within 24 hours of filling it with water the “pond” had a visitor:-
By this one the frog (or toad) had climbed out to the side:-
Posted in Curiosities, Wild Life at 19:00 on 3 November 2015
On the path to the Kelpies (see previous post) we saw a family of swans on the other side of the canal. A dog was being walked and had to be wary of the adults.
Closer to the Kelpies a more exotic bird was being exercised. It turned out a man took his parrot there every day. It could fly about a bit on the end of a line. I caught it below when it was on the ground.
Parrot on a stick. Well, on a lead:-
On the walk back to the car the swans had moved over to the near side of the canal and settled down by the side of the path. A wide berth was given and warnings shouted to kids on bikes not to get close:-
Posted in Kirkcaldy, Wild Life at 12:00 on 27 June 2015
I was in Beveridge Park, Kirkcaldy last month and the swans have seven cygnets this year.
Posted in Architecture, Trips, Wild Life at 20:50 on 9 October 2014
While in Surhuisterveen we spotted a house with a viking ship for a weathervane. The house itself has a distinctive style. I like the railings on the balcony.
While manoeuvering to get a better shot of the weathervane than we had originally we saw a jay on the roof. My second jay! It’s perched on the thatch just above the window.
It moved to the edge of the roof and I got this shot.
Here’s a close-up of the weathervane.
What a great thing to have on your roof.
Posted in Trips, Wild Life at 12:00 on 24 September 2014
We made a further stop on the first day on the way down to the Holland ferry. At Wetherby.
There’s a nicely situated car park hard by the River Wharfe.
There were geese on the river.
Posted in Wild Life at 20:24 on 19 July 2014
Until this perched on my fence I had never seen a jay before. They’re not very common around here. Before I could photograph it it flew off to my next door neighbour’s fence so it’s a bit blurry.
Posted in Fife, Wild Life at 12:00 on 10 June 2014
Three photos taken from our back bedroom window.
Again the good lady nicked two of them first.
By the time of the third I’d opened the window and the hind was well aware we were watching her.