Flying can be dangerous

We were sad to discover, upon emerging into the -9 degrees of cold this morning for the school run, that a female kestrel had met it’s end and died on our path. Our assumption from the position of the body is that it had broken it’s neck in an impact…

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Re-setting the clock

As the old year draws to a close we naturally look back at the previous twelve months and forward to the next. For me and in the context of this blog, I can look back at some fine birding trips, the discovery new locations and some very special birds, a…

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No poem today?

The Blackbirds vied with the pesky ratsfor scrapson the bird tabletodaybut a poem didn’t show itself.I wonder what tomorrow will bring? Huge clouds of wood pigeons a thousand strongperhaps, the sound as memorable as the sight.I’ll waitand see.It’s never what you expect. MW/KH

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Lazy days

Whilst the five ringed circus entertained the world a few short miles south down the Lee Valley, Great Amwell basked in summer warmth. Thirsty livestock visited the shoreline, whilst Little Egret fished the shallows and Great Crested Grebe delved deeper. In the meadows butterflies danced across the sea of grass,…

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It’s been emotional

After two weeks of hosting the greatest show on earth, London can take a pause and a breath before the five ringed circus starts up again with the arrival of the paralympic games at the end of the month.The sport has been phenomenal with the heights of human achievement further…

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Bitterns at Great Amwell

Imagine seeing a Bittern 20 seconds after entering a bird hide for the first time in your life. This was a reality for one of my young companions today who had been set a theme of birdwatching for part of their homework. Our visit was impromptu and relatively short, but…

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RSPB Snettisham

Time and tide wait for no man and they certainly didn’t wait for me. To experience RSPB Snettisham at its best a visit should focus around high tide, when the great mudflats that separate Norfolk from Lincolnshire are covered by water, forcing the multitude of waders that rely on its…

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A Winter High

High pressure has been sitting over Europe. Temperatures across the continent have plummeted and a week ago the UK joined the party. With daytime temperatures rarely above freezing and clear night skies bringing minus double figures, the two doses of snow have remained on the ground, giving a crisp white…

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A Photographer’s Guide to Great Amwell

This page is designed as a guide to the Great Amwell Nature Reserve and environs in Hertfordshire, for landscape and wildlife photographers. Originally produced by David Laws and hosted as a Google knol, it is now republished with permission on The Badgers Eye. IntroductionGreat Amwell Nature Reserve is an area…

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