Monday, 18 September 2017

River Brathay

I seem to be swimming against the current at present!  Just too many things happening - fortunately I only have a few more days to go before I can take a short break and get back on an even keel!

So, in interim here are some shots go the River Brathay in The Lake District in the UK.

I was asked yesterday if I missed anything from the UK - it's not an unusual question I find - and I said without hesitation "the landscape".  I suppose these picture may explain why.

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 268 - Robin

The Robin (Erithacus rubecula) is a popular and very familiar bird in the UK.  I found this rather obliging individual at the Ham Walls RSPB reserve when we were in the UK.

It's another very busy week here, so this post is not going to be very long!

One of the things I like about Robins is the way in which their name has spread around the world - in many parts of the world, any bird with a red breast is a "Robin" - regardless of taxonomy or genetics. Its the same for black and white birds, many of which have Magpie in their name.

These are the best image I have managed to take of what might by the 'original' Robin.  I rather like them.

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Jack's Rake - Pavey Ark

One of the (many) things I wanted to do when I was in the UK was climb up Jack's Rake with H.  H is a bit of a thrill seeker and I was sure he would enjoy it.

Jack's Rake is a scramble / very low grade rock climb up the face of a 'cliff' to the summit of Pavey Ark.  The cliff is about 400 ft heigh, and rises up from Stickle Tarn.

It's a great place. If you want to have a look at the cliff face, there is a picture here.  I did not take huge numbers of pictures as I was concentrating on having a good time, rather than on other things (not that the 'other things' are not good I hasten to add!).

These pictures are just grabs from Go-Pro video, but they do give you a good idea of what it was like.

You can find more pictures from around the world - and possibly less vertigo - here at Our World Tuesday.

I hope any of you that have been knocked about by Irma are OK - and that you and yours are safe.  SM

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 267 - Mute Swan

Given that I spent a reasonable amount of time in the UK by rivers and lakes, it's not surprise that I have some images of Mute Swans (Cygnus olor).   This species is basically very obvious and easy to see in the UK all year round.  In fact, it's population is growing thanks to better protection and the banning of the lead shot that was used in fishing that was poisoning the birds.  (I am unsure if the lead pellets used in shotguns have been banned as well).

Mute Swans used to be known as the largest bird in the UK, but this claim to fame is now help by the White-Tailed Sea Eagle. Male Mute swans have a wing span of over 2 meters, and can weigh more than 10 kg.  By all measures they are big!

Having said that this is a common bird, I only seemed to be able to photograph it in poor light, from rocking boats or with way too short a lens! These are not the best pictures I have taken by a country mile, but I have never posted Mute Swans on WBW - so, here they are.

The first two shots (which I think are the best) are from Esthwaite Water in the Lake District, the third shot is from Stourhead Gardens in Wiltshire and the last two shots are from Ham Wall RSPB reserve in Somerset.

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