Photographing the bridges of Newcastle on Saturday night provided sharp contrast to experiencing nightfall at Chris Watson and Ian Paite’s sound installation, Hrafn: In Conversation with Odin in the Kielder Forest. A terrific whistle stop visit.
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Black headed Gulls (1st winter and adult) preen in the morning sun
On wasteland near my office a large expanse of concrete pools rain-water into a large ‘luddle’ (somewhere between a lake and a puddle) and when not in use as a car park, Herring and Black-headed Gulls congregate in the centre. My car provided a rather effective hide as I watched these two black-headed gulls preen in the low winter light. Both the adult and juvenile have black tips to their bill but the younger bird has buff-orange legs and upper bill, compared to the adult’s deeper red.
This little gang of Greylag goslings paraded in front of the White Hide at Great Amwell last Saturday afternoon, closely attended by their doting parents. Other greylags and boisterous canadas kept them moving through the shallows. Eventually, a bit of peace and a rest under a protective wing. It was…