Sunday, 1 March 2015

Mallard Stretching

After waking up from a quick sleep next to a pond in the park this mallard, just like us humans, was in need of a good stretch to loosen up and get the blood flowing.
I happened to be just about to take a picture of it when this happened and managed to capture the right moment.

Friday, 27 February 2015


When I have got some time to spare I often get my camera out and start taking some pictures to add to my collection. One of the places I visit is an area of parkland close to where I live.
In this park there is a pond and there are loads of opportunities to capture images of the various types of birds that frequent this waterway.
Here is a mallard captured on a cold but sunny day in february.

Saturday, 7 February 2015


In local parkland close to where I live there are a lot of seagulls sharing the the same pond that many other waterbirds use.
Often there are parents with their children and they bring a big bag of bread with them for their children to throw to the ducks. The seagulls have soon realised that this is a popular occurance and have seized the opportunity to get an easy meal.
When I was a kid we hardly ever seen these gulls so far inland.
When people start to throw food into the pond the gulls will swarm from all around and create a feeding frenzy.

Thursday, 11 December 2014


Quietly waiting on the bank of a lake for the possible return of a heron, I watched this magpie strut all the way from a nearby bridge. I don't know if the magpie knew I was there but I managed to capture this image.


Taken earlier this year at the height of summer in local parkland.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

House Sparrow

When I was a young kid the house sparrow was a common site where I live.
Since then the population  has declined so much that I rarely get them in my backyard.
This is the first one I have seen in about 2 years.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Autumn Blackbird

Now that the atumn season is in full swing and winter is fast approaching there is a lot of bird activity in my backyard.

All the birds are making the most of the abundance of food on offer such as all the berries on the trees and the plentiful supply of insects out in the open searching for a place to shelter and hibernate over the winter months.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Watchful Magpie

Patiently perched in a nearby tree close to where I was fishing this magpie was staring across the lake and stayed dead still for ages.
I tried to see if I could see what he was looking at but my eyes are not as good as his and I couldn't see anything.
Whatever it was must have moved on because after about ten minutes of staring the magpie flew away in the opposite direction.

Garden Insects

A wasp taking a rest on a hot summer day.

Early Morning Visit from a European Robin

Early one morning at the start of the autumn season the robin made a visit to my backyard. It was unusually warm for this time of year and there was plenty of insects about for him to feast on.