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Re: Views From an Urban Lake

Postby beolens » Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:56 pm

A Wander through the floods of the Ouse Valley. Photo heavy post

I was filled with tricky decisions as I looked across the Ouse Valley, the sun not having broken the horizon. My regular routes appeared to be underwater. I should have worn my boots.


https://www.viewsfromanurbanlake.co.uk/2017/12/ouse-valley-floods.html
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1st Jan Walk

Postby beolens » Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:27 pm

Yesterday's first walk, was also a patch walk. Managed 52 species, and 4.03 miles of walking :)

Heavy rain in the morning had left huge puddles, and I expected some flood waters so donned my wellies, waterproof trousers & waterproof coat, and headed out.


https://www.viewsfromanurbanlake.co.uk/2018/01/1st-jan-walk.html
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Chasing Sunset

Postby beolens » Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:01 am

An evening walk around the Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve and Ouse Valley

Seeing the sky on fire, as our life providing sun, slowly sinks into the horizon, lifts the spirits. The plethora of colour spreading out across the clouds. Reds, oranges, purples, blues, hues throughout their ranges. Watching a sunset is something we should all do more often (at least once a month in my opinion) and what better way to #GetOutside.



https://www.viewsfromanurbanlake.co.uk/2018/02/chasing-sunset.html
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Chasing Jack Snipe

Postby beolens » Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:01 am

Chasing Jack Snipe at Stony Stratford Nature Reserve in Milton Keynes

Yesterday morning I decided to make a, rather chilly, journey down to see it. Now I used to count the nature reserve as part of my patch, but very rarely get down there.


https://www.viewsfromanurbanlake.co.uk/2018/02/bobbing-jack-snipe.html
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Swans Stonechat and Stuff

Postby beolens » Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:39 pm

A mainly photographic post.

I promised a post the other day on twitter that I just haven’t had time to write. It was from my walk on Tuesday, it’s now Thursday evening so I thought I should knock something up. I’ll be honest, this will mainly be a post for the photos I took. But here it is anyway Swans Stonechats and Stuff.



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The Beast From the East

Postby beolens » Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:13 am

Not much snow for us, but some nice wildlife photos

Grey Herons squawked off down river; Canada Geese, pairing up, wandered the grassy banks; Mallards navigated the speedy waters; A pair of Goosander, long necked and elegant, flew overhead heading towards Stony Stratford NR; Mute Swans dipped their heads gracefully into the clear waters, searching the wavering water plants for food.


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Patch Tick

Postby beolens » Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:06 pm

Windy, but good, day on the patch today

A gusting, blustery, wind whipped hard through the Ouse Valley. The icy cold it carried with it, gathered pace across the lakes of the floodplain forest nature reserve. Occasional spots of rain, driven sideways by the wind, spattered my binoculars. It really wasn’t a day I was expecting a patch tick!


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Re: Views From an Urban Lake

Postby beolens » Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:52 pm

A few action shots on my walk today

For the first time this year the sun was warm as I crossed the road into the Ouse Valley Park. Walking past bright yellow Daffodils, already flowering along side some pastel, purple crocus. Spring has suddenly arrived in Milton Keynes. This was even more evident as I crossed the fields beside the Manor Farm buildings, as tiny lamb gambolled away from my heavy steps, eager to get to the protection of their mothers.


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Re: Views From an Urban Lake

Postby beolens » Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:11 pm

Spring Sunrise - an attempt to photograph a nice sunrise - Some nice "golden hour" wildlife shots.

It was dark when I left the house this morning. As I walked in the crisp coldness, the ice from the weekends, now melting, snow was crunching under my feet. The first tendrils of light were spreading across the sky from the East. The spooky, part light of twilight.


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Re: Views From an Urban Lake

Postby beolens » Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:10 pm

Been far too long since I got out on the patch. But finally managed it today.

Spring has seemed very late this year, late snow, lots of rain, and cold temperatures have kept it at bay. But this weekend it seems we have seen a late spring at the Floodplain Forest nature reserve. Over the weekend, Greenshank, Ruff, Redshank, Little Ringed plover and a plethora of martins.



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