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Slimbridge #2

More beautiful birds from Slimbridge.

Eider Ducks,

a Greylag goose,

a pair of Mallard Ducks,

something I’ve not identified yet (will update) but look at that camoflage!

a Crane,

Red Headed Duck

a Mallard with duckling

and a cuteness overload to finish – Tufted Duck with ducklings.


Slimbridge #1

We had a lovely visit to Slimbridge Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, nature reserve – lots and lots of photos were taken, so…..

 starting with the swans -

There were Mute Swans,

Bewick Swans,

 Coscoroba Swans,

and Black necked Swans.

Swans by the bucket load! and the odd duck or two (some odder than others as you shall see tomorrow!)

Looking Through

There’s something magical about looking at the world in a different way.

Colour of the week is……


How beautiful is the humble Dandelion!

and Buttercup too!

Tree, Flower, Mud

Trees, flowers and mud

What’s not to enjoy!

These are Hogweed flowers on a Cherry tree (be careful not to use Giant Hogweed flowers – the sap can cause blisters and all kind of unpleasantness)

I think we’ll do this again on a sunnier day with some more colourful flowers – although for the next month it’ll just be me taking direction due to a footballing broken wrist injury.

Bee Tales

I found a beautiful Bumblebee the other day in a rare spot of sunshine – not that I’m moaning or anything, if it was too hot I’d be more disgruntled and it does mean no watering of plants is required ( the garden has grown out of control though, maybe too far to be reined in this summer!)

The bee looks as though it had been dusted with gold.

Then looking through the last few years photos I found quite a few more, laden down with pollen rather than gold dust I suspect.

Here’s a  few interesting bits and pieces about Bumblebees -

Their name refers to the hum they make – to bumble means to buzz.

There are many different names for them and different species (19-24 in Britain, depending on what you read, some of these close to extinction), but they are all known as Bombus.

When flying they build up an electrostatic charge, which is why they get covered in pollen.

They nest in the ground in tunnels or in amongst tussocky grass, usually in colonies of around 50.

They tend to visit the same patches of flowers every day but can fly around 1-2km to find food.

In British folklore they were believed to be messengers from the gods and to kill them was considered bad luck.

If one flew into your house it meant you would have good luck or a visitor but only if you let it leave of it’s own accord.

If one lands on your hand it means money is on the way if it lands on your head you are destined for greatness.

A good enough reason to grow lots of flowers in your garden! or, on the other hand it could be to help the Bumblebee and Honey bee survive – a win-win situation!




Colour of the week is……


a big dose of green today.

A beautiful jewel like Leaf Beetle,

an unfurling fern,

a Soft Winged Flower Beetle (green supplied by a dock leaf!)

and a delicate Lacewing.

Hand in Hand

I love this photo, I’ve already got a copy on my bedside table.

We popped out yesterday teatime to pick some elderflowers to make cordial found a big patch of mud, some flowers nearby so…….

There are people in that field today putting up polytunnels I hope it brightens their day!

His hand will soon be the same size as mine, time most certainly flies.



Beetle, Bird and Hare

A Wasp Beetle.

Some insects seem more willing to have their photos taken than others, this wasp beetle was just a little bit camera shy.

A swallow

and can you see the hare in this piece of bark?

(found by a friend and kindly given to me)


Colours of the week are…….

White and Green

a soothing combination for a stormy wet day.

oxeye daisy

Oxeye daisy.

false oil beetle on oxeye daisy

False Oil Beetle on an Oxeye daisy

grass and feather close up

and some random grassiness with feather and dew drops.