Monday, 2 March 2015

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Hanging from the same branch...............................................................................

These images were captured back in October during the Red Deer rut.

 We watched this stag as he honed his antlers... preparing for the rut.

Mandy checking out the same branch a few minutes later... stripped of it's bark.
Getting so close to nature is wonderful... just look at that face.

Linking to Saturday's Crittters and Our World Tuesday

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Taking a train ride............................................................................... over the sea

I have been meaning to share these images for a few months.
They are from our trip to Grange over Sands in October.

We took the train to visit Ulvertson from Grange over Sands.
 Grange railway station was built in 1872.

On our return journey we purchased tickets to travel on to the village of Arnside.

Crossing the estuary over this ancient bridge was an an amazing experience. 

We had a lovely meal outside at a pub overlooking the small pier, estuary and railway bridge.

It's a long crossing by rail over the water...

...but well worth it.... Arnside was a lovely place to visit.

Our World Tuesday

Thursday, 19 February 2015

59........................................................................................... and being a bit spoilt

 It's my 59th Birthday today and it's been wonderful.
A Chinese takeaway at Mandy's for dinner after work... with wine.
And a summer fruit meringue for afters.

I was then allowed to watch the football on TV... Liverpool won 1-0.
A brilliant day... and many thanks to Mandy for the new watch visible in the first pic XX

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Mute Swan fishing................................................................. and eating it's catch

Have any of you ever witnessed this behaviour before.

We watched as this swan caught and killed three fish then ate them.
We had never witnessed this before.

Wild Bird Wednesday

Sunday, 15 February 2015

We're decorating.......................................................................................................

Apologies for the lack of comments on blogs... and a lack of posts from me.

Mandy has been in her new house for almost two months and has now decided how she wants it.
So the paint brushes are out... new carpets and furniture ordered it's busy! busy! busy!
I'm hoping getting out and about with the camera is going to be sooner rather than later.

Our World Tuesday

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Monday, 9 February 2015

Another Raven shot..................................................................................................

I spent over 20 minutes in the company of this bird using the car as a hide.

I captured this in August 2012... two and a half years later I am still editing my images.
It really was a wonderful encounter... please scroll down to see more images.

Wild Bird Wednesday

Thursday, 5 February 2015

A few more images of the Llandudno Ravens.......................................................


We spent over 20 minutes in the company of these wonderful birds...
...next to the boating lake in Llandudno.

 We had put broken biscuits on the wall to lure the juvenile Herring Gulls...  
... never in a month of Sundays did we expect to see these wonderful birds so close.

It was an amazing experience.

Linking to Saturday's CrittersThe Bird D'pot and Our World Tuesday

Monday, 2 February 2015

The Superb Bird of Paradise.................................. a stunning courtship display

I have just watched Birds of Paradise with David Attenborough and just had to share this clip.


The Superb Bird of Paradise's courtship display is amazing to watch.
To me the male morphs into a cartoon... fantastic.

I have been so aware of colourful tropical birds nearly all my life.
I collected cards of birds and African and Asian wildlife from tea packets as a youngster.
The Tropical Birds set is from 1961... I was just 5 years old.
By the way Mum (84 in a few weeks) still has my collections.

 Wild Bird Wednesday

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Llandudno Ravens............................................................ a wonderful encounter


I have shared these images before... it was the day a little boy threw sand all over my camera while we were visiting Llandudno in North Wales.
At the time it was a disastrous moment... but without it I wouldn't have captured these images.

While we sat in the car cleaning my lens we put biscuits on the wall next to where we where parked.
The juvenile Herring Gulls were so bold... even feeding from Mandy's hand.

When the Ravens arrived to share the hobnobs they just took over...
...we used the car as a hide and I just kept snapping away.


It was our first ever encounter with wild Ravens and a moment I will never forget.
With over twenty minutes in their company... I just carried on clicking away.

Linking to Saturday's CrittersCamera CrittersThe Bird D'pot,
and Our World Tuesday

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Hawk Walk Experience Christmas gift...................... really looking forward to it

We received a wonderful Christmas gift from my grandson Arthur.

A One-Hour Hawk Walk Experience for two.

The Hawk Walk Experience... description from their website.

"Feel the rush of wind beneath a bird of preys wings as it lands on your gloved fist in an exilarating experience you will never forget".
"With a sociable Harris Hawk for company enjoy a stroll through the Cheshire countryside with a friend or loved one and learn about these beautiful birds of prey".


"Handle and fly a barn owl, kestrel or another bird of prey while you enjoy an hour-long walk".

 We watched a falconry display while visiting at the Cheshire Show last June.

 All the images on this post were taken then.

 "Bring your camera along to take photographs of the birds"  says the website.

You bet we will.
I hope to have plenty of images to share when we get to handle the birds.
We have to use the voucher by the 25th of March so will be booking our trip soon.

Linking to The Bird D'potOur World Tuesday and Wild Bird Wednesday

Thursday, 22 January 2015

I've won a prize.................................................................. £25 worth of bird food

I entered one of my Robin images in to Ark Wildlife's monthly photo competition and am delighted to announce I have won a prize.
A voucher for £25 to spend on any of their products.

They sell all sorts of wildlife goods... but mainly bird food and feeders.
I have loads of feeders in the garden so it made sense to spend my winnings on bird food.
Eight kg of free bird seed arrived the day after I placed my order.
Two mixes of sunflower hearts... one with meal worms the other with suet....
 ...plus a Song Bird mix I paid for.
If the birds flock in... Ark Wildlife have a customer for life.

Monday, 19 January 2015

It's freezing!...............................................................................................................

Winter has arrived in Cheshire.
2014 was the warmest on record for the UK... it's hard to believe at the moment.

I am not posting as much as I would like as Mandy has bought a new house.
 All our spare time is being taken up with the move.
Mandy's new front door takes less than a minute to walk to from mine... it's doubled our space.

Linking to Our World TuesdayWild Bird WednesdaySaturday's Critters and Camera Critters

Monday, 12 January 2015

Fame at last......................................................................................... the outcome

A few weeks ago I received an e-mail from a local magazine asking to do a feature about my blog.
My original post is here; "ourtown"

The article has now been published.

  "ourtown the northwich magazine" is an advertisement led magazine.distributed free around my home town.

 The bird watcher on the front cover refers to me.

A few of my photos featured in the article but Mandy was delighted to inform me the biggest picture was taken by her... that brought me back down to earth.

Here I am... camera in hand (photo courtesy of Mandy).
The rambles worldwide refers to all of you... my blogging friends all over the world.
Many thanks for being my friends.

Linking to Our World Tuesday and Wild Bird Wednesday

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Big Garden Birdwatch 2015.....................................................................................

I have done the Big Garden Birdwatch for a few years now.
 It takes up just one hour of your time over the weekend of the 24-25th January counting the birds in your garden.
                                    Bird populations are a great indicator of the health of the countryside.



The Big Garden Birdwatch keeps an eye on the ups and downs of the wildlife where we live.
My count wasn't very good last year... fingers crossed this years is much better.

A link to the RSPB website is here: Big Garden Birdwatch 2015

Linking to Our World Tuesday and Wild Bird Wednesday 

Thursday, 8 January 2015

12 months in 12 minutes..........................................................................................

It's been over three years since I made this video from clips taken during a calender year.
Starting during the bitter November winter of 2010 it runs through to the end of 2011.

If you've seen it before I really hope you enjoy viewing it it again.
I aim to spend more time capturing moving pictures this year... I now have HD to play with.

Skywatch Friday and Saturday's Critters

Sunday, 4 January 2015

2015's garden bird count has started well.............................................................

It's very cold here today.
I struggled to open the car doors this morning... they were frozen shut.

I have had a good start to the year though in terms of garden birds.
Robin is one of my regulars...
                              
 ...always a welcome visitor.
This morning a pair of Bullfinches took this years total to 12 species.
Not a bad start to the year.

Linking to The Bird D'potOur World Tuesday and Wild Bird Wednesday

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

My last post for 2014.......................................... re-sharing my colourful garden

After a difficult start to the year with Mums broken pelvis and Mandy's Dads heart attack 2014 has turned out OK.

It's been a good year weather wise... and I have had some lovely visitors to my garden.

I hope you enjoy my video.

The plants in my little patch excelled... and I've had some wonderful wildlife visiting.
Highlights were the Bullfinch a frequent juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker and Nuthatches.

I wish everyone that visits my blog a wonderful and prosperous 2015.
Happy New Year.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

My Christmas present to the bugs in my garden.............. their own Bug Hotels

I have bought a couple of "Bug Hotels".... a Christmas present to my garden.

They will hopefully provide shelter for butterflies, lacewings, solitary bees, spiders and ladybirds.

A home for the insects I need to pollinate my garden and keep it aphid free.
Time will tell if it's money well spent... watch this space.

Our World Tuesday

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Rockery Robin...................................................................... snow on Boxing Day

We had some snow last night and it was still around this morning.

Mandy has a little pot Robin on her rockery... he really does look glum.
It's now raining and the snow is disappearing... at least the kids almost had a white Christmas.

Linking to Saturday's CrittersCamera CrittersThe Bird D'pot and Wild Bird Wednesday

Monday, 22 December 2014

My favourite garden visitor of 2014.................................................. the Bullfinch

I have had a good year garden bird watching... with many different species visiting the feeders.

I had only witnessed two Bullfinches in ten years in my garden so it was wonderful to see a pair on the feeders most days during May and June this Spring.

They are very wary birds... the slightest movement and they were off...
 ...I did manage to capture a few images and even some video clips.

Other 2014 highlights was my first ever garden Jay and regular visits from Great Spotted Woodpeckers... 
...but the male Bullfinch has to be this years favourite garden visitor.

Merry Christmas and I hope you all have a wonderful New Year.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Bird Watching magazines........................... "Photo of the Month" January 2015

I arrived home tonight to find January's edition of Bird Watching magazine on the door mat.
Page 42 has my little Robin sat in the hole in my fence as "Photo of the Month".

I'm chuffed to bits (translates as "very pleased")

To add to my pleasure my Christmas break starts tomorrow (I've planned it well this year).
Off work for twelve days... bliss!

Linking to Our World Tuesday and Wild Bird Wednesday

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Fame at last............................................................................ well? locally at least

I received an email!

Can we feature you and your blog "rambles with a camera" in our magazine?

We have a free magazine in my small Cheshire town Northwich.


It's to be found in all the local newsagents, supermarkets and petrol stations and adverts fund it.
"ourtown the northwich magazine" also features stories about local people.

"email"

Can I come and interview you for a story?... but it needs to be quick as it's for the January edition.
I was given the option of answering questions by email... and this is the way we went.
I gave them my life story... it will be interesting to see how it turns out.

John (the editor) wanted a current full face photo of me... holding a camera was his suggestion.

Last Sunday morning saw me posing in the garden... I hate having my photo taken.

I await the magazine article with trepidation..but promise to share the outcome.