The morning preen

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.

Deer Take Two

After failing miserably at getting any good deer shots in Ashridge I had given up hope for another year of watching the deer rut in full action. However, with the end of the rut coming ever closer I got a tip off about some deer in Kent. Straight away I…

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Home sweet home

I decided to stay at home today to get the pond cleared up and remove some invasive flag irises that were taking over.The recent heat wave has cooled down a bit making work much easier. So I attacked the irises early on but was abruptly stopped by the sound of…

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False Start

Sooooo…. After yesterday I said I wouldn’t go on any more weekday (possibly weekend) photography trips until my exams were over. With 2 essays down this morning and not having a lesson till 2pm I was struggling along and needed a break. Stupidly checking on the internet I saw a…

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Northumberland

In April I had the chance to go Northumberland with my family. Being stuck in Hertfordshire most of the time apart from brief escapades in the school holidays to the coast, I never get much time to explore. Our base was in Seahouses, the seaside town famous for it’s boat…

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