Monthly Archives: January 2015

Spring is in the air

Yo peepsters Had a jolly day at Barnes WWT yesterday. The sun was shining so decided to take the heavier lens necessitating taking the kipper. I also have to use a tripod and gamble with the heavier lens which is not too cool on the Rubic Cube. Well my drears, when I arrived at the reserve I spotted these two love birds canoodling in the courtyard. Bit early innit, Spring’s months off!! Mind you, ring-necked parakeets have no shame, they’re taking over Southern England.

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I got even more confused watching these two pintail drakes getting a bit familiar. Pleased with the shot though!

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One of them even did the Okey Kokey for me

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It was a delight to be followed around during my perambulation and smudging by this little robin. I know they’re not exotic but I love ’em.

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Nearing the end of my smudgerooning my mince pie was caught by the wonderful moire silk effect the sun had made reflecting off the reeds. A little grebe was dipping and diving so I waited to get the right pose with the beautiful Neptune’s daughter as a backdrop.

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Paintings for today

Yo Peeps   Haven’t been birding/smudging for the last couple of days (slightly ‘under the weather’)  Should be out & about tomorrow, so here’s a few of my paintings to recompense!   Black Swans getting amorous, oystercatcher, demoiselle crane, rook and a shelduck

hasta la pasta muchachas   xxxx   i Jedi de Quack

black swans

Oystercatcher 5

rook2 4demoiselle crane

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Oare Marsh sojourn

Hi Peeps  Lord Moffo and Yours T had a very pleasant morning at Oare Marsh Friday before making our way back to base camp at Orchard Barn. Lord Moffo took a picture of the Quack perambulating the sea wall at Oare

Oare Marsh

I managed smudges of turnstone and a saucy little reed bunting for your delectation

turnstonereed bunting

After reaching base camp and partaking of a very jolly dinner with excellent company, the chatelaine Lady Jan and Sir Andrew Newmark, percussionist extraordinaire, we prepared for the next day’s excursion to Sandwich Bay   I’ve included a picture of Lady Janetta’s kitchen

Jan's kitchen.

First stop towards Bomber Command was at Restharrow Scrape where there were faaarsands of teal. There were a couple of  red breasted mergansers lurking but Moffo and I didn’t see them (also our fingers were getting a little bit Harry & Billy) so we didn’t stay too long but quickly made our way to SBBOT ringing station for a nice cup of Rosy and a chat with the delightful birders at Bomber Command. It’s always a pleasure to meet up with dear friends and genuine bird lovers.

hasta la pasta muchachas   xx  i Jedi de Quackster

Freezy coldy, but nice soft light

Yo Peeps  It was very Harry & Billy this morning but I liked the soft light. I arranged to meet Lord Moffo at the Wetland’s and wasn’t disappointed as the wuzzoes seemed pleased to see me.  Even the little robin showed up and followed me for a while. It was a treat ambulating the avenues of the reserve stopping off at different countries. Oh yes, there are various locations geographically for the exotic collection of wuzzo (oiseaux). Not sure what location it was for my first two birds (I’ve never read the various well-placed information boards) A Mrs Bufflehead languishing elegantly by a pool, while Mrs American wood duck gracefully swam by

buffleheadAmerican wood duck

The hooded merganser drake whizzed about showing off rotten in front of the merganser ladies

hooded merganser

I stopped by the African pool where the southern crested screamers were ‘giving it plenty’ in the posing department. I’m not sure if they should be in the ‘African’ section? Mind you, there is a Northern screamer, so perhaps my discombobulation was unnecessary. I know I show the screamers a lot, but who can resist a screamer?

southern crested screamer

As Moffo and myself headed back towards the waterside restaurant for our morning cup of burnt toffee and a slice of Sexton Blake an iridescent loaf of bread of a falcated Sir Francis Drake caught the mince pie, so we stopped briefly for a quick smudge. I think it was in an Oriental pool as it also contained Chinese spot-billed ducks?

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His Lordship and myself will be heading for Kent this weekend where I’m looking forward to catching up with my chums at Bomber Command (SBBOT) as well as a morning’s Barnaby Rudging at Oare Marsh.   Hasta la pasta machachas xx i Jedi de Quack

Cold & frosty morn

Yo peeps It was rather bleak this morning as I peered out of my box and looked along Pond Place.  Nevertheless, a strong cup of Palm Toffee set me up for a jolly birding outing. As it was a bit slippy with ice on the frog I decided to leave the kipper at the kerb and take the Rubic Cube and Uncle Gus for a Wetland’s sojourn.  And it was delightful. Great fun watching the coots slipping and a sliding on the ice as well as a carrion crow

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I managed smudges of a Carolina drake (American wood duck) doing the Okey Kokey as well as a handsome ferruginous drake posing by the water’s edge

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The light became better as the morning moved on and I was pleased to indulge in my penchant for bird headshot portraits destined for my Portrait Archive. For your delectation I give you a gorgeous mallard duck (I luvs ’em)   A fulvous whistling duck, a Mandarin drake and a canvasback drake

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fulvous whistling duck

Mandarin drake

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All in all, a very satisfying morning. As I left the reserve the old current bun still had his hat on despite the freezy coldy.

‘Til the next time, tooty frooty xx i Jedi de Q

Blue winged goose

Yo Peeps   No birding today, so here’s a few of my paintings in recompense. First an avocet, then a magpie

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Followed by a blue-winged goose and a Hawaiian goose

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Hopefully I’ll be birding tomorrow     ta ta   xxxx  i Jedi de Q

“Ready for my close-up Mr De Mille”

Yo Peepsters   Had a very pleasant morning at the Wetlands where I was accompanied by that distinguished lepidopterist Lord Moffo of Twickershire. I was also accompanied during my ambulation of the Wetland’s bucolic pathways by a little robin. He even followed me to a pool where I managed to Barnaby Rudge Mr & Mrs American Wood Duck, known to their friends as ‘Carolinas’.  Here first is the little robin perched on the water’s edge

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As well as a family group portrait of the Carolinas I also took headshots of these beautiful birds for my portrait gallery archive

American wood ducks

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Carrying on my perambulation, having lost a robin but gained a Moffo, I captured a handsome Tufted drake who had dropped in to nick a bit of the ‘collections’ grub. I thought his tuft was very impressive as he’s preparing himself for the upcoming breeding season

Tufted drake

My last port of call at the reserve was the Wildlife Hide which is well away from the assorted collections. I took this shot of a rather impressive cormorant who I assume is a youngster by the light feathering around his Gregory Peck and on top of his loaf of bread?

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TTFN  machachas  xxx     i Jedi de Q, Earl of Mustard and Surrounding Condiments