Seriously what's with TV, the only highlights have been the odd re-run of nature programmes on BBC 4 (thanks..but a little longer please), the British Touring Cars and well that's about it, I think cabin fever is setting in.
I can't really go over the park with my camera as there are just too many kids on mini-moto's tearing around (school holidays suck!) plus no wildlife wit' all the racket, more sinister then that though are the "Eastern Europeans" on the park, one or two (perhaps more) are starting to live in the wood areas of the park, a definite little campsite is forming, also whilst walking through the other day with the hound I caught one emptying a charity bag of donated clothes and sorting what he wanted and what he didn't want, now I'm not easily scared but carrying a hefty camera lens and decent camera body around is just tempting fate a little too much, it's a shame as there are more juvenile birds floating around and even some juvenile Jays and the juvenile sparrowhawks are on the wing hunting, not very well from what I've witnessed. I watched one sit on a branch on the island on the main lake and watch intently the juvenile mallards and coots and moorhens, one juvenile moorhen strayed onto the muddy bank/shallow water and the sparrowhawk swooped down and tried to snatch it, there was a massive splash, a fleeing juvenile moorhen and a soggy sparrowhawk, made me chuckle, top predator? Not yet!!
So I was banished to the garden for some photography, sadly there isn't much bird wise in the garden at the moment, the swifts that were overhead have gone, the gulls have turned up early though, normally not showing over the estate until late August, early September, I've seen Herring Gulls, Common Gulls, Lesser Black Back(ed?) Gulls and Black Headed gulls taking advantage of some recently hatched flying ants. I didn't bother with the gulls as it gets better as more fly over the estate heading back to their roost later in the year...instead I went all MACRO.....
|A BROWN ONE WITH SPOTS, SPECKLED WOOD?|
|ERMM A WHITE ONE!|
|ANOTHER WHITE ONE ARE BOTH GREEN VEINED?|
Down one side of the garden I have a Buddleia which brings in the most flying insects, there were plenty I didn't manage a half decent image of, and a massive stinging nettle patch with an assortment of wildflowers in it (check the image above), well they could be weeds, either way not being green finger or lazy means I just don't touch it and it becomes somewhat wild and overgrown, I didn't plant the wildflowers, they where already in place from the previous elderly owner of the house, perhaps she liked picking wildlfowers either way there are some interesting looking plants there......
|A NICE SURPRISE IN THE GARDEN|
After only an hour the camera let out a bleep to indicate the battery was dead, the continuous autofocus drained it in an hour, I managed only four half decent images and about 30 rubbish shots of bees and hover flies, I don't know how you macro shooters do it but one thing for sure it ain't easy and I've found a lot more respect for those that do concentrate on this form of photography....you're all mad I swear lol