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Frogmouth chicks

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The first Tawny Frogmouth chicks of the year have left their nest. I say left their nest rather than fledge as they will still be dependent on their parents for another month at least. This pair are usually one of the first to lay eggs each year, and some pairs have only recently gone down on eggs:

http://stuartrae.blogspot.com.au/2017/1 ... tawny.html

Great birds to ...
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West Country Nature Notes - Dorset Heathland

Here is my latest post on Dorset Heathland and its nature: https://philipstrange.wordpress.com/201 ... don-heath/
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An Array of Hedgehogs

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The return of Henrietta and her urchins
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Wild Writing - Growing up Wild on Greenham Common

Our wild places are also people places. It is hard to think that certain spots do not absorb human history, strong passions and lives and exhale it. A spirit of place, perhaps? Greenham Common exudes this in a shimmering haze, through every pore and each pop of a gorze pod. Every woodlark rising will be singing a song listened and attended to by people connected to extraordinary moments in time, in this place. A woodlark’s ...
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Whistling Kites and a Wedge Tailed Eagle

ImageWhen I set off to Australia for a family holiday, I was sure I would return with plenty of photographs of kangaroos and wallabies. But these creatures aren’t as easy to watch in the wild as you might think and although I got some shots of wallabies, it was actually a dead wallaby found by the side of the road that earned the best sightings of my visit.
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Growing on the Edge

https://chalkpebble.wordpress.com/2017/ ... -the-edge/ a post from the fringes of Chesil Beach at Abbotsbury in Dorset, looking at the plants that grow on the margins between beach and countryside.
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A Day in the Life of an environmental consultant - September

In September I paddled through the Chislet Marshes in Kent while trying to tackle parrot's feather and attended a wet grassland course run by the RSPB
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Watching Eastern osprey on the nest

I’ve just returned from a family holiday in Australia where I was lucky enough to visit the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system. And although I was overwhelmed by the reef – this 1,400 mile long structure consists of 2,900 individual reefs and is so big it is even visible from space – it was the sight of an osprey that inspired an idea for a painting.
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Wild Writing in Wessex - Straw Devils & a Chimney of Ravens

Straw devils, a vortex of 70 ravens - the season turns in dramatic fashion ...'An uncommon harvest phenomenon, this is no 'straw-devil': this one is made of thistledown and has whipped up like a swarm of silver bees, rotating rapidly to a blur. The column widens, tilts forward and walks along the ridge before stopping abruptly. The thistle-seed parachutes are released from the dance and, in the absence of any wind, hang suspended like the ...
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How the echidna crossed the road

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I met this echidna the other day in the National Botanic Gardens in Canberra. He was determined to cross the road even if he had to get down that wall.

https://stuartrae.blogspot.com.au/2017/ ... tanic.html

All was well so a happy encounter

Stuart
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