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Have you missed me?

Yo Peeps  Sorry I haven’t posted for a while, so here’s a few smudges for your delectation.  A Southern crested screamer, Coot baby, Falcated drake, Hooded merganser drake, Lesser white-fronted goose, Mandarin drake, Northern pintail drake and a Smew drake  I’ll post a few more tomorrow.  tooty frooty i Jedi de Quack

screamer coot falcated drake hooded merganser lesser white-fronted goose mandarin drake northern pintail smew drake


slipping & sliding, groovin’ and gliding

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)

smew drake

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!

canvasback drake

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!

red-crested pochardferruginous drake

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?

mandarin drake

Until the next time my friends    tooty frooty  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

cootcarrion 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

Carolinaferruginous duck

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


fulvous whistling duck

Mandarin drake

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

Tales and tails of RAILS

hola mis amigorooneys     Another fine day on the Cabernet.  There was a huge buzzard lurking, but too far away to Barnaby Rudge. Now that the grass has been cut (thank you conservationists) a few wuzzoes are landing in front of the Jeckyll. I managed a saucy moorhen juv and a bellicose gerrymandering tonton machoute for your delectation. A very handsome linnet  male also landed and posed for a minute so here’s a smudge.   A beautiful carrion crow also stopped for a ‘pose’ before carrying on. I was delighted to see a huge flock of sand martins whizzing over the Neptune’s daughter, as well as a couple of swifts. I didn’t manage the swifts but here’s a smudge of the sand martins.  hasta la ravioli, adios machacharooneys    x  i Jedi d’Kwack


 moorhen  juvCoot
linnit  M
sand ,artins
carrion crow

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Looks like summer is here?

Yo doods  Another fine day. I left the Towers early with my trusty hound by my side. All bode well as I could see the Ramsgate fissures as I passed Deal Pier looking across Sandwich and Pegwell Bay. There was a slight mist as it was quite warm for that time of day (7 ish), but I knew it would be clear on the scrape.  There was a grey heron still lurking in the far reeds much to the perturbation of the numerous parents of newly hatched kinder.  After heterogeneity of cogitation with a very bellicose zoot suit, the heron took off towards Pegwell Bay much to the relief of progenitor wuzzoes.  There was also another heron, a very pretty little egret which I Barnabied as he alighted on one of the small islands.  I’ve included a smudge of the little coot that I’ve been monitoring for the last few days, and today’s version has now discarded all traces of red and is spruced up with a very nice white bib and facial feather. As Kaibosh and Yours T left the Jeckyl a little bird was singing its little strawberry out in a bush overlooking the path from the hide, and I managed a smudge for your delectation. I think it’s a reed warbler, having first thought I’d spotted a tiny wren amongst the yellow foliage.  hasta la pasta    x   i Jedi de Q



little egret
reed warbler

a brief encounter

Yo Doods I had a clinical appointment this morning so could only do a flying visit to the Cabernet. The Tonton Macouts are changing overnight, so here’s this morning’s study of the little beauty. There was a strange looking shoveler drake on the Neptune’s, so I’ve included for your thoughts? Juv or eclipse, or oddity? Mrs Mallard was parading her ducklings around so here’s a smudgerooney of one of the little darlings. Before I left (in a hurry) an emperor dragonfly whizzed past and I managed a Barnaby of it whizzing for your delectation hasta la pasta machachas x i Jedi de Quack
shoveler drake

Keep calm and ‘carry on Matron’

Hello doodlers  I managed a smudge of the little owl sitting in the barn opposite Chequer’s whilst traversing the dreaded  Ancient Crovis. Not easy shooting through an open window with young cherry hoggy Kaibuncle’s little Uncle Ned bobbing about.  It was very calm on the scrape this morning with a light Alan Breeze rippling the surface. It was very enjoyable to watch (and smudge) the wuzzoes in the company of two chums, Clive from Ramsgate (formerly from Fulham) and the respected artist John Hollier of Worth. There wasn’t too much activity on the Cabernet, but it’s always a joy just to sit and observe. For me, I find the ever growing baby coots irresistible. They seem to change daily. I’ll enclose today’s Barnaby of a little zoot suit who’s developing a rather nice white bib as well as losing that frightening red mush.  For good measure I’ll also enclose a picky of young Kaiboshki who deigned to accompany me today (only because memsahib’s gone up to the big smoke)        be lucky      x  i Jedi McQuack


little owl