… not with a bang but with a squelch.
Did that thing today: blanked someone I’d often seen. The lady from the mews who’d asked me for pics of the house greeted me in B&M – hadn’t a clue who she was until she said. She always seems taller when seen across the canal for some reason.
Did you know that the devil goes round on the night of September 30th – October 1st and gobbles all the sweetness out of blackberries?
Generally so far it’s been soggy but not really cold this month although you can tell it’s not summer any more.
The grebe chicks are learning to fish for themselves but seem to rely on their parents still. The juveniles follow the adults two on one up and down the pond.
Flying insects are almost done for the year but a few dragonflies and butterflies are making a last showing.
Anyhow, on with the pics:
Tuesday 1st October 2013
The grebes, adult and juvenile, stay as far from the bank as they can – unless I’m on one bank with my camera, in which case they’re within inches of the opposite one.
The swans were really practising for the winter trip south, a couple of days later they did the buggerin’ off.
Ivy looks almost architectural – there’s more to come later ’cause I like ’em.
And a couple of the flying insects. The dragonfly pic is really crap – it was about fifteen feet away and dodging about like a … dragonfly.
Sundry birds, grebes, moorhen and robin.
Great crested, one of the pairs of juveniles and an adult. Walking along the canal, there’s almost always moorhens foraging around the footpath, they bugger off as passers by approach.
The robin pic is my most viewed on twitpic = folk like robins!
(Didn’t go out on Thursday)
We’ve a kestrel that’s been doing a hover over the vegetation round the pond and up and down the canal.
(didn’t go out on Saturday)
Fairly warm & sunny.
Still hanging on: a darter dragonfly. The heron was very near peg 1 on the pond so I had to snap it through a bush to avoid disturbing it. Showed it to a passing couple; gives you a warm feeling when someone sees something like this for the first time. 🙂
Tits are so elusive – snatching a pic can be difficult I often have to be satisfied with less than best.
Red admiral feeding on one of the last ivy flowers, A peacock on the wood chippings at the back of the shopping centre car park and a hoverfly drinking dew.
Monday 7th October 2013
Straight in to the pics
The moorhen was doin’ the buggerin’ off at speed on the canal.
One thng about the pond is that the high banks allow you to look down on passing birds. The mallards were moving to the other end of the lake.
Dogs, especially Jack Russels, once they’ve found a stick are reluctant to let it go.
Very unusual: great crested grebes out of the water. You can see why it’s so uncommon: their legs are so far back on their bodies that walking isn’t the easiest. They are built for underwater pursuit. Looks as if mum (or is it dad?) was fed up of fishing for the kids (and being badgered by them?) and wanted a rest.
A couple more Ivy blossom/fruit pics.
That’s first week of October done – more soon