Water Rail

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This little character is a Water Rail, one of a pair I watched at the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve at Staveley, North Yorkshire.

I’ve recently resumed my pastime of birdwatching, after an absence of several years.  A new pair of binoculars and a freshly dusted spotting scope have already been put to good use as I brush up on my recognition skills.  I’ve given myself a couple of years to get into the flow again before I get into the twitching side of things.

—Stephen—

 

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I can almost see the cunning in its eyes!  Just waiting for me to move out of view before it has another crack at the bird feeders.  I will prevail…. hopefully!

—Stephen—-

Grey Squirrel 2015

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Seems a bit late in the day to wish everyone a Happy New Year, but I do so, nonetheless.  I’ve not done quite so much photography over the last few weeks, so I was pleased to be able to get this little pest this afternoon.  Only a youngster, he/she was investigating the various wind blown fruits, nuts and seeds from nearby trees.

Happy New Year!

—Stephen—

Great Tit

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As an aside to my current images, the Great Tit pair are going all out in feeding their young nestlings.  I have seen their little ones gaping at the entrance hole, so I think it won’t be long before they fledge.  Whether I get to see them…. we’ll see.

—Stephen—

Unreasonable Expectations

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Unreasonable Expectations

‘You cannot be serious!’ – seems apt as a comment from the ducklings to their mother.  I watched these youngsters for a good 10 minutes or more, struggling against the flow and the sight of the waterfall in front of them, while their mother stood by. I have no idea how she thought her youngsters would get up the fall.

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None But The Brave

I did admire the courage of the youngsters, some disappeared behind the fall before being shot out again by the flow.  If I’d had a bucket, a pair of wellies and some steps to get down to the river I might have been inclined to do a rescue job.  (Though, I’m sure I’d have made matters worse as the ducklings would have scattered and there was an outside chance the mother might abandon them altogether.)

Update

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Yes, they did come together again – though strangely the ducklings continued to swim up the ‘rapids’ – then I saw the Drake still on the top section – maybe it was him that started the whole episode off in the first place!!.

—Stephen—