Tuesday 29 December 2020
Tuesday 22 December 2020
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Anyway, I have a few more days at work - and then I'm free for a while, so I'll visit web sites, finally write some words and generally reflect on a pretty crazy year.
Wednesday 16 December 2020
Tuesday 8 December 2020
There are a few small ponds near my house - and I like to keep an eye on what is happening on them. Of course, lock down made that rather difficult. During a recent (post lockdown!) trip out I found this family of Eurasian Coots (Fulica atra) occupying the bank-side grass.
The chicks are delightfully ugly - with punk hair styles and huge feet!
I think that the pale tip on the beak is an "egg tooth" which would suggest that these little ones had not long come out of the shell.
The birds seem to be benefiting from the scraps from the numerous picnics that were going on around the edge of the pond.
These picture look much better if you click on them so see a larger version.
Tuesday 1 December 2020
The Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) is an abundant, obvious and noisy companion in my neck of the woods. Their raucous screeching and generally eccentric behaviour are great to observe - but they can also do a significant amount of damage to fruit trees, electrical wire, gutters and downpipes.
I guess that they are just showing us puny mortals that we are not as great as we think we are!
Anyway, this one turned up a week or so ago when I was out and about, had a few things to say, eat some seeds and was gone!