Woodland Fungi

When fully fit and motivated I can walk from home to the furthest lake at Conningbrook and back with no problem, a distance of some 5 miles. On Saturday I was lucky enough to get a lift to the Julie Rose Stadium where I did the one way route alongside main, eco and northern Lakes […]

Male Wigeon

I go to Southampton to visit family once every six weeks or, so being within a 20 minute drive away from both my daughter and son’s home, the River Hamble, where it meets with Southampton Water is a good treat for me. Male Wigeon One side of the River is dedicated to Yacht moorings and […]

Black Tailed Godwit Warsash

If you enjoy watching or photographing Waders, Geese and most other Birds then Warsash / Hook-In-Warsash are certainly two great places to visit. Being only a short drive from my daughter’s house in Netley, I always find time to pop over there for a few hours, never disappoints. Black Tailed Godwit If the tide is […]

Conningbrook main lake in Winter

After a relatively mild December and early January Winter finally kicked in and has given us to date more than a week where temperatures have only just got above freezing during the day and downwards to Minus 7c at night ! Conningbrook Lake Luckily I got a lift to the main entrance which enabled me […]

Great White Egret and Heron Conningbrook Lakes

I read yesterday there was a Great White Egret at Conningbrook Lakes so this morning, rather than take a somewhat boggy walk over the fields I decided to drive the one mile around to the main entrance, it was my lucky day! The Great White Egret and Heron Not only did I instantly see Great […]

Bewick's Swans at Dungeness

I don’t recall Bewick’s Swans at Dungeness last year so was very keen to see them when I read on a Blog that upwards of 14 had turned up in the last week. Being my only day spare this week and fearing they may move on I headed down there quite early. Regret to say […]

Conningbrook Lakes by Great Stour

Being the meteorological first day of Winter I thought it would be nice to have a walk around Conningbrook Lakes this morning. The Weather forecast was for it to cloud over at 10am and as the last two nights have produced below freezing temperatures, I wrapped up with four layers. Needless to say they got […]

brent-geese

A visit to family in Southampton afforded me a chance to pop along to one of my favourite places for Ducks, Geese and Waders. Warsash being on the River Hamble just as it joins Southampton Water and with protected Marshland is always good for something at any time of the year. Regrettably I couldn’t time […]

Male Bearded Tit

Regular readers will know I’ve been trying to get a photo of a Bearded Tit for about a year. I managed a Female at Minsmere last month but the male has escaped me. Last Friday, Bingo !! Looking at the forecast it was the one day in about 10 where there was to be sunshine […]

Avocet

Reading all the local Birding Blogs it seems apparent that things are pretty quiet on the bird front, certainly in October and I quote one long and experienced Birders comment ‘The worse October I remember’. Half the problem has been the mild weather though, migrants coming in seem mainly to be on time, but the […]

Sparrowhawk with prey

I love Mountains, hills, valleys and rivers, but there’s something aout Dungeness that never ceases to give me pleasure both in scenery and wildlife. Now at the end of July virtually every meadow plant and flower is in full swing and today, I don’t think I have ever seen so many Butterflies, Dragon Flies and […]

Black Tailed Godwits grazing

29th.March 2016 With my daughter and family away in the USA, I’m doing the House Sitting, sad they’re not there but a chance to pop out on daily adventure around the vicinity – today it was Hamble. It couldn’t have been better, the tide was low which gave possibly the last chance to see our […]

Blue Tits eating Peanuts

Blue Tits feeding at Bough Beech Nature Reserve, Kent        Yellowhammer in Garden – Stonechat, Dungeness – Siskin, Conningbrook Lakes        Reed Bunting, Dungeness – Seal at Warsash – Pintails & Teals, Oare Marshes        Oare Marshes – Nuthatch, Eastwell Lake – Merganser, Eastwell Lake        Great Egret, Rye Harbour – Long Eared Owl, Dungeness […]