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A couple of hours at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

It was a fantastic, sunny, December day, today, so I got a pass and went to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park at Bretton, near Wakefield.  I’d no sooner got into the park when I spotted a fairly large flock of Redwing feeding on berries.  I should have had my hide because…

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Far Ings Nature Reserve

I made a return visit to Far Ings nature reserve, close to the Humber Bridge, yesterday and spent the whole day at the Ness Lake hide (?) watching the same kingfisher who was as active as any kingfisher I’ve seen.  A great demonstration of how to catch a fish, knock…

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Namibian update

I’ve just about finished uploading my selection of photos from the Namibia trip.  Check out the series of photos under ‘Springbok attack’ to see this beautiful animal escape the clutches of several Black Backed Jackals.

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Namibia

Wonderful trip to Namibia.  My wife and I travelled from Windhoek down to the famous dunes at Sossusvlei, across to the Atlantic at Swakopmund, up to Damaraland and into the Etosha National Park.  You never know what you’re going to find.  We had no sooner left our lodge one morning…

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Tale of the riverbank

Yesterday, my son and I went for a walk on a riverbank near Wakefield.  It was a beautiful September day and we took with us a stick from the garden.  At a point where the river was quite wide and slow flowing, Dean waded in and set the stick in…

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Bempton Cliffs and North Cave Wetlands

I had a quick trip to Bempton Cliffs this weekend and then called at North Cave Wetlands on the way home.  There’s not much about at Bempton at the moment.  All the Razorbills, Guillemots and Puffins have gone to sea but there are some interesting pictures of young gannets to…

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Return Trip to Bird of Prey Centre

18 September 2013 We paid another visit to the York Bird of Prey Centre at Huby, York, today and were not disappointed.  It was much quieter than our last visit, being later in the season, nevertheless, there were plenty of staff on hand and we had a good time.  It…

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September at Hillam

It’s the second week in September and I’m looking after a cattery and smallholding at Hillam, near Selby.  The weather has deteriorated since I arrived but I managed to get a few days out to look at the wildlife.  A trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s site at Wheldrake Ings was…

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In the Garden

Since July 2004, I have been keeping a record of the birds seen in our garden in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.  To date, I have recorded 62 species, the most unusual being a laughing kookaburra which my wife spotted sitting in the tree above our pond.  She managed to grab a…

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‘Antipodean Lullaby’

I’ve just had some great news from an amazing Yorkshire wildlife artist called TERESA BOAST. Teresa bought a couple of pictures from me some time ago and has finally got round to painting one of them.  The ‘Antipodean Lullaby’ (below), was selected to be hung in the new ‘Threadneedle Space’…

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