Happy Xmas and New Year.

15th December 2013
It’s that time of year again, it doesn’t feel like another year has passed, but here we are with Xmas almost upon us once again.
As Ebenezer Scrooge would say, in A Xmas Carol by Charles Dickens ”Another year older and not a penny richer“.
From a financial point of view, for most of us that is probably correct. However, from an ornithological standing it has been a very good year. The wonderful summer we have had this year has allowed birds to breed and to raise their young in relatively stable conditions. The highlight for me was being able to photograph Water Rails with their young, a once in a lifetime opportunity. This summer weather has also provided a super abundance of fruit for our winter visitors and residents. I hope that this year will go some way to repairing the damage previous poor summers and bitterly cold winters have had on bird populations.

After this glorious summer had ended and the Autumn bird passage arrived, if someone had told me I was going to photograph, Pectoral Sandpiper, Long Billed Dowitcher, Penduline Tit, Ring Ouzels, Northern Grey Shrike and Desert Wheatear I would have laughed at them. This unpredictability, however, is what I love about nature watching, you can go for long periods without seeing anything and you can’t imagine where the next image is coming from. Then suddenly right out of the blue there it is right in front of you!!

I hope that we have a reasonable coming winter, we are approaching the shortest day of the year and the weather is unseasonably mild, so far this is very good news for our wildlife.

This website’s statistics march inexorably onward towards the half million mark, something else I would have laughed at when I initiated it in 2010. I would genuinely like to thank everyone who visits these pages; it is most encouraging.

It’s just left for me to wish everyone a Happy Xmas and a bird filled 2014.

Steve.



A Red Kite hunts over a misty Llangasty Church, on the shore of Llangors Lake.

Red Kite taken with a Canon ef 600 f4.0 L.
Church and Meadow taken with a Canon ef 17-40 f4.0 L.