Thursday, 1 October 2015

Three Friends - Gentle Giant

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Still remember vividly the evening we accidentally first met Gentle Giant. Southampton Gaumont (now the Mayflower) to see Groundhogs feat, Tony TS Mcphee. He had recently acquired a Mellotron, but when your nickname TS stands for 'Top Strat' (as in Stratocaster Guitar) that's what you buy a ticket for. Doubt it would have made much difference as 'GIANT' hit the stage with their 'in your face' style of Prog Rock, not even the reincarnation of Elvis could have pulled it off.
Working All Day - Gentle Giant
From the 'concept' album 3 Friends
The first day of October and a game of two halves today as the morning was consigned to normal wanderings in the field, while p.m. by our own choice we were constrained in our ability to maneuver, and very much looking forward to the fact. With the gauge showing 10°C at dawn there was some excitement about the prospect of a decent catch of Moths, which wasn't to be balked at. After trawling through 2 of the containers, without much by way of result, were soon found in the third
 GREEN-BRINDLED CRESCENT
new for the Year,
BEADED CHESTNUT
was no great find, but during the editing process we noticed a visitor 
thought to be one of the
TIGER CRANEFLY
species with thanks to John Gifford.
Additionally we caught
 SHUTTLE-SHAPED DART
 after a short absence,
 and likewise
 CANARY-SHOULDERED THORN
 Our second
MALLOW
of the year along with 4 distinctly different forms of
 COMMON MARBLED CARPET
 another of those 'light forms' of
 DEEP-BROWN DART
if indeed that is what it is? If confirmed it will be sent to Higher Authority.
and while we still maintain that "we don't do Micros"
we do if it happens to be the 'migrant'
RUSTY-DOT PEARL
As previously stated, time ain't exactly on our side in addition to which
this was always heading to be a Bumper Post. With that in mind and for the
sake of brevity, all of today's images and videos that made the cut have been attached.
Where the 5th Golf Tee meets Janet's Horse Paddock has of late become a veritable
feeding ground for lots of common birds here, so when returning the Moth Trap to that area
we decided to linger a while.
 BLACKBIRD
was first to show but an edgy individual
 which didn't stay log but there was a second
stealing the Blackberries.
 WREN
 turned up next
 which was on the whole
 full of song.
 The
 BLACKBIRD
 returned and was this time far more obliging,
 but attention was soon diverted a little to the right as a fine
male
 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER
 turned up
 to do a bit of
 hunting
which is shown far more clearly of the following video clips.
video
Fantastic to watch at 'close quarters' and being able to
video
produce video footage, the first we have ever managed,
of Great Spotted Woodpecker.
video
It may be this clip that is a little out of focus, reason unknown,
but the one where the Bird gets the Bug.
video
Before leaving for the Common and Merritown a
COMMA BUTTERFLY
dropped in.
At Merritown Heath
Swallows along with the odd House Martin were still passing through,
while the male Kestrel hovered some distance away and a pair of Raven
gave short shrift to the local Common Buzzard.
The bushes and small trees close by seemed alive with birds and while
all were considered 'common fare' at least there was something to have a go at.
The male Blackcap escaped the lens completely but this 
 STONECHAT
looking a little miffed on my approach
decided to tarry a while.
Numerous
 CHIFFCHAFF
 where feeding up
 in preparation for their
 long journey south
 and allowed
 a fair number
 
of shots before leaving.
 On the way back what at first glance was thought to be the resident
Melanistic Fox
turned out to be a most unusual sighting of a
(Lucky Black) Domestic Cat, while a little further on we spotted a
BRIMSTONE BUTTERFLY
clinging to dead Fern. Finding no 'groceries' there it quickly flitted to
 DANDELION
and further still to
RAGWORT
where these video clips were secured
video

video

video
Look at that busy
PROBOSCIS.
The morning done it was time for a bath and dhobie and short drive to
Bere Regis
and the
ROYAL OAK
To meet my for lunch my friends
JOHN and his sister MAGGIE GIFFORD
the other one is MOI!
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