A word of warning for those who are a touch squeamish, sensitive of nature or young scroll past the following paragraph until the first image of my bike...you should be safe by then.
Right, my regular readers will know of late I have been using a bike to get around both for work and to do by bird photography and also with the main aim to shed some weight.
Well the last part of my goal has been successfully achieved, I have gone from a size 38 and currently hovering around a 32 inch waist (33 to be precise) and lost just over a stone in weight..yippee! All in under two months and thanks to an "app" in my phone I have accumulated a staggering 189 miles.
But (no pun intended) it has come at a cost. On Friday I realised there was something wrong with my butt and by Saturday morning I was in complete agony and unable to get up nevermind walk, which was bad timing as a pair of Black Wing Stilts had turned up at the local nature reserve, I even tried getting in my car but couldn't get out of bed!
By Monday I somehow managed to get to my doctors and the prognosis wasn't good nor pleasant I had thanks to my saddle on my bike got a perianal abscess right in my bum crack (told you not to read this bit) about the size of table-tennis ball. There was no choice but go under a general anaesthetic and have it drained which happened on Tuesday and meant no work for at least for 14 days and some poor district nurse to come out and visit me on a daily business to change the dressing, an actual dressing that is placed in the "hole" to prevent infection the glamorous side of nursing that you won't hear about at the Tory party conference...I did tell you not to read this bit didn't I? Still who knew riding a bike could fuck you up so much and make you the butt (sic) of all the jokes from your mates, can't wait to see what my work colleagues come up with...that'll be fun!
I have stumbled across some pretty unique places I never knew about the first being the place in the images below.
There was plenty of warblers including Blackcaps, Chiff-Chaffs, Cettis, Willow and the odd Sedge Warbler too plus plenty of common birds a low flying Buzzard hassling a pair of Mistle Thrush and a fly through Kingfisher. I should have turned left but went right and stumbled across this site.....
Within the shadow of the church and next to the agricultural college is a pocket park called Busby's Meadow.
I've driven past this site loads of times and never bothered stopping but it was on my route I had decided to cycle so thought I'd stop and see what was around.
Basically it is set up to by a wildflower meadow etc, it has a brook running through and actually looks quite a promising site. You are surrounded by houses etc but some of these houses and the horse stables on the other side of the road are home to both Swallows and House Martins also the church is home to Swifts. I did see a Kestrel, Sparrohawk, Chaffinch, Blackcap and Chiff-Chaff but the most common bird was the Hose Sparrow apparently bucking the national trend they were everywhere. Also I recorded 5 species of Butterflies, all common species but yet again a site worth another re-visit
|TAKEN WITH MY SMARTPHONE|
|FEMALE HOUSE SPARROW, TAKEN WITH MY DSLR|
As I've mentioned a few times now I bit the bullet a got myself one of them flashy smartphone's (shame I'm not a smart as it is). It's a Samsung Galaxy S5. Now according to the adverts the camera has a superfast Autofocus, and they're not lying either it is as fast as my trusted 1d for christ sakes!!!
But the camera has a lot of flashy modes, my favourite being the "panorama" mode.
|BRACKMILLS WOOD AKA BRACKMILLS INDUSTRIAL ESTATE|
To stop travellers setting up camp the local council built big earth banks that have grassed over and are home to ants the end result is the most common bird I see here are Green Woodpeckers and is often where I photograph juvenile woodies later in the year...on the way to work.