Thursday, 1 December 2016

Tea For One - Joe Bonamassa

The first day of Meteorological Winter looks as if iy will dawned in much the same way as had the last of November, with a temperature of -5°C, a reasonably heavy frost, no wind along with a stunning sunrise but small Birds particularly were scavenging what morsels they could find!
SUNRISE
Of Cabbages and Kings
and not to forget
video
WOOD PIGEONs
as Lewis Carroll might have written had he thought of it
"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes - and ships -  and sealing-wax
Of cabbages - and kings
And why the sea is boiling hot
And whether pigs have wings."

as they nicked Hugh's brassicas!
At Parley Pond the British sub-species of
MUSCOVY DUCK
was firstly doing its impression of Roald Amundsen 10 minutes away from
the South Pole before
Skating on Thin Ice.
 At the Irrigation Pond there were no more Wildfowl than c2
MUTE SWANs
which even then were pushed for space with no more than a 'postage stamp'
of open water.
With no time to jockey for position we captured, through the windscreen this
GOLDFINCH
video
finding some sustenance from the Teasels,
while all else on Parley Court Farm amounted only to c5
video
video
BULLFINCH
along with a couple of feeding
video
GREENFINCH
With little or no interest in the tiny Wader found at
LONGHAM LAKE
yesterday, firstly thought to be a 'possible' White-rumped Sandpiper
and then later a Semi-palmated Sandpiper, both vagrant from the Americas,
but a further report had highlighted c3 Great White Egrets
which were far more to my liking. We don't often go off piste and all
through the morning it was touch and go as to whether we would today.
At the 11th hour we bit the bullet and headed off on that epic 10 minute journey.
 With the huge size of these beautiful creatures
 they were not difficult to find or see
 but never gave 'point blank' views.
 Two of them were content to remain fixed on their
  Island Refuge
 while the third was most flighty. Just before we left it again took to the air
and gained great altitude and headed east, and at one point invaded
Parley Court Farm Airspace
another new species added to our
Recording Area List!
and what about the relevance of Tee (sic) For One we hear you ask?
On our way back to Slight Return we discovered this
'LONE' MUTE SWAN
on the 4th Tee which in our slightly warped thinking brought to mind
 a play on words and the Joe Bonamassa 'cover' of the Led Zeppelin
track (from their 1976 album Presence)
'Tea For One' Link
Personally I am not a great lover of 'cover versions' and no one messes with Led,
but this track, which first brought Mr Bonamassa to my attention, goes down as
the Golden Example of the Exception to the Rule. An extremely difficult number to sing,
I have practised it until black in the face but never subjected it to a live audience as
Bowie and Sheila would tell you!
This Post is dedicated to those 2 Dear Friends, what a night that was!
Sweet little Ille, you'll know her if you see her
Blue eyes and a ponytail
Her checks are rosy, she looks a little nosy
Man, that little girl is fine.
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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Girls on Film - Duran Duran

Over the past couple of weeks we have continued 'feeding' both the Irrigation Pond and Gravel Pit in hope of enticing a few more Wildfowl into our zone. At the same time it was realised that we have also been neglecting the Trail Cameras and came up with the notion of combining the two! Over a 2 days period one of the cameras returned no fewer tan 452 images/video clips with 78 of these having been taken of the deckhead and bookshelf within Slight Return II, good job we hadn't invited anyone round!!!! Here for your delectation are the 'filtered few'.
 CARRION CROW
video
CARRION CROWs and MALLARD
with Sub-Sea Barley visible.
GADWALL
video
male preening.
MALLARD with WIGEON right
TEAL
video
and distant
MALLARD
video
 Female
TEAL
Male
TEAL
and
video
increased wave movement with may have activated the cameras and
reason for so many shots.
A couple, or three, shots from the stills camera at the 
Irrigation Pond.
 Male
GADWALL
 Female
GADWALL
Pair of GADWALL in company with male WIGEON.
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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Going to My Hometown - Rory Gallagher

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 'JIMI' R.I.P.
A dull old day was Thursday with a dank feel throughout complete with an equally persistent and gusty North Easterly breeze. However, that aside, it was the day designate for the Strange Rover's annual dry-docking so it was a visit to Weymouth (my former hometown) and a couple of hours at my old stomping ground Radipole Lake. With a recent positive report of its continued presence there, high priority was given to the Hooded Merganser which is now in its 9th year of residence.
Given the conditions just about anything that stuck its head above
the parapet was considered 'fair game' to the lens, and started with
FERAL PIGEON
video
COOT
which have now disappeared from Parley Court Farm,
hardly any Gulls on the car park, which was considered unusual,
and a few dozen
TUFTED DUCK
with all the females keeping their heads down.
Having plied the track between Visitor's Centre and Sluices 3 times with
no sign of the illusive Duck we decided to walk the circular track
soon finding a resting
GREY HERON
and considered very lucky
although distant views of c2
MARSH HARRIER
video
We could well have done without the ever stiffening breeze
but the effect it was having on the 'dead heads' of the
COMMON REED
seemed therapeutic, while we don't think the passing
CORMORANT
even clapped eyes on us??
Next in the log was a first of the Autumn
COMMON GULL
but by no means as the name suggests back at PCF, just 5 records.
Back at the car park and there were a few more Birds to sort
through and included
MEDITERRANEAN GULL
a sightly closer
COMMON GULL
with a few
 BLACK_HEADED GULLs
HERRING GULL
along with
a couple more
MEDs
CORMORANT
LITTLE GREBE
and a far more active and obliging female
TUFTED DUCK
Just about to give up in favour of a few chores in town
and what should appear but the
HOODED MERGANSER
even catching Fish.
Where they went we cannot fathom, but the 2 best video clips
video
were lost in transit!
Finally, a Blast from the Past and
2008 when this fine Duck was first discovered!
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