Sunday, 9 May 2021

Living in the Past - Jethro Tull (Part III)

 The last of the Trilogy that has been Hato Pinero which has seen your support, thank you all for that!

The Final Day and Another Early Start.
SQUIRREL CUCKOO
BARE-EYED THRUSH
CHESTNUT-FRONTED MACAW
WHITE-TAILED DEER
BROWN-CHESTED MARTIN
SHARP-TAILED IBIS
Fabulous Watercourses
but beware 'danger lurks' to late for the Fish.
CAIMAN
CAPPED HERON
BROWN-THROATED PARAKEET
APLOMADO HAWK
MASKED CARDINAL
GREY-NECKED WOOD RAIL
PUMA
BLACK-COLLARED HAWK
GREAT POTOO
CATTLE TYRANT
COMMON BLACK HAWK
RED-CROWNED WOODPECKER
CAIMEM and TERRAPINS
SUN BITTERN
was high on the 'must see list, maybe you can see why, but the prehistoric
HOATZIN
with its prehensile claw on the wing carpel joint aids it in climbing trees.
and hapless youngsters to haul themselves out of a river should it fall.
It was also considered very lucky to find a primary feather which has graced the
DREAMCATCHER
at one 'o' clock.
TORTOISE
and finally a
THREE-TOED SLOTH
The gentleman who came to drive me back to the capital Caracas, was dressed like a Scottish Ghillie and driving the biggest Station Wagon ever seen, and turned out to have a decent grip on the English language just like my very own fluent Spanish, "dos cerveza por favor"! Part way back we had to stop for bunkers and knowing full well the full trip was paid for anyway said to him impishly "I'll get the coffees if you get the diesel". Returning with the 2 drinks and a smug smile he was asked how much the fuel was and repied laughingly "nada, nada, nada"! On getting going he explaind that in this oil rich county
President Chavez
GIVES all citizens FREE FUEL just in case they think about not voting for him at the next election and a fine example of True Democracy in motion! Seems not only were the drinks on me but also the
Egg on Face!
We hope you have enjoyed this 'flash back' as much as we have enjoyed producing it?

Saturday, 8 May 2021

Second Coming - The Stone Roses

 With the 'First' having been the Canada Geese it was a foregone that the next would follow in quick succession but before introducing that we will glue the only item of interest from the Moth Traps to the Post a

SPOTTED CRANEFLY
(thnks John)

It was the rather ragged looking and now seemingly redundant

MOORHEN NEST
that drew our attention with tiny movements in the margins close by.
The parent birds were in fact tending
a minimum of c2 youngsters
with the other not at all interested in joining the
Canon Fest!
With nesting aforethought it was considered almost obligatory to check on the Avian residents within the Airport only to find at the first port of call the House Martin's still remain absent.
However the
ROOKs
made up for them in part as
as increasing the number of nests from last years 28 to 33 this and below the Rookery the first vestages of one form or another of a budding
EVENING PRIMROSE
we'll be back when in bloom.
On the other hand the Gulls don't really seem to have got going yet with just these c2
HERRING GULL
nests at a distance on the Hanger roofs.
Sticking with the theme, all that could be found through the mist at the
Gravel Pit
was this bathing
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
along with just our 4th
GREY HERON
of the year while the first
WOOD SPURGE
appears to be doing very well.
A quick peek from behind the bushes at Eco found nothing but the usual
MOUNTAINs
of wood-chips destined for Bio-Mass Boiler Power Generation.
Equaly devoid, uless we lend ourself to more repeats was the Heath from where we were able to
view
AIRBUS DHOBYING OPERATIONs
followed by another bout of
SPARRING
between the
RARE BREED GOATs
(Baggot's in both Cases)
Maybe fortuitous then that we have not updated the progress of the
MUTE SWANs
continuously sprucing up the Mess Deck,
now also having
8, yes 
8 eggs - never seen anything like it!!
and a wayward
CANADA GOOSE
brought the day to an end!

Yesterday's Away Day proved to be SPECTACULAR but will take some time to tack together but being patient will be well worth it!

Friday, 7 May 2021

The Geese and the Ghost - Anthony Philips

We are on a 'Long Distance' Away-Day today hence the Early Post and with fingers tightly crossed, and without tempting providence, we hope to bring you something rather special in days to come!

It is always worth a look into the 2 ponds on the way to flashing up the Moth Traps but maybe more particularly when it comes to welcoming

the first New Arrivals of the Year
CANADA GEESE
on the Gravel Pit where the c7 Goslings are being watched over by c4 Adults.
Another early morning did not hold much promise for Insects which is how things panned out with
SCARCE PROMINENT
being the best of a Very Limited Bunch.
The
GREY HERON
on the Moors River was only the 4th of the year making it something of a Record Breaker in as much as the average per month has never before amounted to just a 'single'.
Ever onward to where this
JACKDAW
seemed to be making the most of it but,
up and down from Post to Ground like the proverbial Fiddlers Elbow
there was never going to be chance of a worthy video clip!
The smartest male
LINNET
seen this year then came into view and, not surprisingly given the getup,
with his new Bride in company but seemingly doing
All the Work!
Now where have we heard that before?
Returning for a moment to the
CHAROLAIS
we had not noticed until now that some are still sporting 'horns', which in our view adds to their appearance, so decided to commit one to celluloid but typically
Lights, Camera, Focus
and this happened,
"Tale Two - Chewing the Cud"
a fine beast!
Having conducted eveningtime observations, there has been no signs of life from the
Badger Sett
now considered redundant but in its place
MISTER MOLE
and his cohorts have been extremely busy while the tranquility of the
Swaying Catkins
was disturbed by yet another 'low flying' helicopter this a
EUROCOPTER COLIBRI
We have muted the idea of a Red Sector No Fly Zone but it would seem every one is a Conservationist until being asked to do something posative?
At the turning on of the Midnight Lamps (Jimi Hendrix) we were lucky and blessed to capture these
GOLDFINCH
in the last beams of the
Setting Sun.
As we started with Waterfowl so shall we end as at the final knockings we watched on the
Main Pond 
this
MOORHEN
continues building what is considered to be a rather 'exposed' nest - we'll see?