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Wonderful Warblers

Postby beolens » Thu Apr 27, 2017 6:31 pm

Today's patch walk - Wonderful Warblers

In contrast to Tuesday's walk, the cold northerly wind was not blowing as I passed the Old Church and headed off into the Ouse Valley Park once again. The sun was shining down, from lightly clouded blue skies, as I made my way through to the Old Lock area, a light frost still clinging to the shadows, and I felt quite war as I strolled.


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Flat White Skies

Postby beolens » Thu May 04, 2017 7:39 pm

Plety of summer migrants in now, today's new birds were Swift, Cuckoo, Cetti's Warbler and Little Grebe

It never feels like much is going to happen when you look out of the window and all you can see is flat white skies; from a photographers point of view the light is dull and really doesn't offer much; from a birders perspective, dull cloud filled skies like today, often mean nothing much will move, birds like clear skies to migrate, and things like rain bring them down. So when I looked out of the window and saw endless flat white skies, you can imagine I was a little apprehensive about what the day would hole.


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Re: Views From an Urban Lake

Postby beolens » Fri May 05, 2017 6:51 pm

Just Some Bird Photos http://www.viewsfromanurbanlake.co.uk/2017/05/just-some-bird-photos.html Some days you just don't feel like writing, so here are today's bird photos instead
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Combining Posts

Postby beolens » Tue May 23, 2017 8:06 pm

It's been a while since my last post but finally managed a new one today, mainly photographic

Due to illness (not mine) it's been a while since I've been out either on the patch or further afield, today I finally made it out for a morning stroll around the Flood Plain Forest Nature Reserve, It wasn't the most awe inspiring of walks, there was little excitement (although managed a few nice photos) but then I realised I had a number of photos from my previous foray out well over a week ago, so this post will mainly be photos combining both days out.


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A Tale of Two Woods

Postby beolens » Thu May 25, 2017 7:06 pm

Today's post is about walks around two woods yesterday, mainly in search of butterflies.

I headed around the edges of the woods following the sun drenched rides, the greens of the grasses and trees glowing with golden halos in the morning sunshine, a few electric blue Azure Damselflies hovered like mini airships above the bramble, while a Large White butterfly flitted between daisy and buttercup.


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Sunny Patch Walk

Postby beolens » Fri May 26, 2017 2:52 pm

Latest patch walk from Thursday (stuck at work today sadly)

A little reddened from my woodland foray's on Wednesday, I slathered on some sun cream grabbed my camera bag and headed out into the blistering, sticky heat of Thursday morning. My patch at the Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve awaited me.



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Stonepit Fields

Postby beolens » Thu Jun 01, 2017 6:37 pm

Another one off the patch today this time in Stonepit Fields Park, Milton Keynes, looking for Small Blue Butterflies (they are tricky blighters to photograph).

Electric blue damselflies darted from grass stalk to grass stalk, chasing small flies or trying to catch the eye of watchful females. These were a mixture of 3 different species, Azure, Common Blue and the paler White-legged damselfly.


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KONIK HORSES - 30 DAYS WILD - DAY 2

Postby beolens » Fri Jun 02, 2017 1:47 pm

Day 2 of #30DaysWild, the little lady and I went to see the wild Konik Horses on my patch.

Bubs and I set out, her scooting me fast walking to keep up, and headed straight to the nature reserve, I think the little lady was over excited at seeing the grey/brown horses in action, and it wasn't long after we arrived that we spotted them, lounging around in front of the Farm Hide, at first 3 of the 4 were literally lying down in the heat of the day, but soon they were up and wandering about.


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Chattering Masses

Postby beolens » Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:32 pm

Some special moments on the patch today, with a flock of hirundines and some Konik Ponies.

Some days striking moments pull you in and just grab your attention, holding you in their hand, absorbed within the joyous occasion, as they unfold around you. Today while walking the Floodplain Forest I was blessed to have two such moments, one of chattering masses the other stamping hooves and shaking manes.


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Hunting Hornets and Spotted Orchids

Postby beolens » Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:44 pm

Today's walk around Howe Park Wood in Milton Keynes

Crossing the road, that separates the bus stop and Howe Park Wood, around nine am, the temperature was already warm and rising, the sun was casting her golden glow over the array of gently swaying grasses, that butt up to the edges of the wood, and I could see several larger Dragonfly dashing out at great speed from their perches atop the tallest reeds of the slowly evaporating, far, pond.



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