Hi peepsters Had a jolly morning yesterday despite it being a bit Harry & Billy. I drove to the Wetland’s where I was joined by his nibs, Lord Moffo of Twickershire. There was a lot of ice on the water but the current bun was shining, which made for good photography. It was amusing to watch this coot slipping across a pond, but those big old plates of meat are up for the task!
First port of call was the smew pond where I captured this handsome smew drake posing for the ladies (look at that Tony Curtis quiff)
Moving on to the next strip of water I ‘smudged’ a handsome canvasback drake ‘giving it plenty’ He looks like he’s doing that ‘deckchair song!
The next photograph is of a red-crested pochard having a jolly good stretch. In the same pond was a ferruginous drake balancing on the ice and enjoying the sunshine. Bless!
My last shot is of this mandarin drake enjoying the morning sun. I know I post a lot of smudges of this flamboyant lady luck, but who can resist when they look this gorgeous?
Until the next time my friends tooty frooty xx i Jedi de Quack
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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.
I got even more confused watching these two pintail drakes getting a bit familiar. Pleased with the shot though!
One of them even did the Okey Kokey for me
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.
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.
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
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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
I managed smudges of turnstone and a saucy little reed bunting for your delectation
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
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
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
The hooded merganser drake whizzed about showing off rotten in front of the merganser ladies
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?
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?
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
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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
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
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
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
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Yo Peeps No birding today, so here’s a few of my paintings in recompense. First an avocet, then a magpie
Followed by a blue-winged goose and a Hawaiian goose
Hopefully I’ll be birding tomorrow ta ta xxxx i Jedi de Q