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—

Bass Rock

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Bass Rock, off the coast near North Berwick in Scotland.  From my research, I learn that it may provide nesting sites for somewhere in the region of 10% of the world’s Northern Gannets.  I felt the colour of the little flag of the pole marking the golf hole helped link both halves of the composition.

—Stephen—