I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN

Friday, 9 April 2010

FOG ON THE TYNE (09/04/10)

We woke this morning to thick mist, waited for the six o’clock forecast which was for light rain by ten. The decision to go deer spotting was helped by the sight that greeted me when I opened the blinds. There for a second was the bird with no name. A clue, he has a long beak, is black and white with a bright red bum. I was blowed if he was going to ruin another breakfast with his shilly shallying back and forth.

By six thirty we were on our way, visibility was not perfect but it is mild and half dry.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA    Ten minutes stroll brought us to the Tyne.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA      Fog on the Tyne, the South Tyne to be exact. The title borrowed from Lindisfarne, the group, not the Island. As we wandered we called at the pools.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA      Now I’m very glad this is a Toad, had it been a frog then the title of today's post would have had you throwing heavy things at your monitor. It’s a Common Toad Bufo Bufo, something stuck from school! As an aside I’ve been checking for frogs and always thought they arrived before toads. Can’t be frog country here.

On we plodded and by eight the sun was out, so were the deer but nowhere near us

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA       A Goldfinch as a consolation prize, he wasn’t quite close enough but it’s a first for me so I’m happy enough.

On we went the peace suddenly interrupted by tap, tap, tap. Tap, tap, tap, ignore it Molly, whatever it is it’s only trying to wind us up. I had to look and there fifty to a hundred yards away………………



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABackside…………………The greater Spotted Woodpecker. Ok, cropped but definitely a Woodpecker, now where’s the Lesser Spotted and Green. I didn’t see them but flushed with success decided to return by way of the burn and give the Dippers a seeing to.

They were sighted but just too far away, a little compensation was provided by the Grey Wagtail again at about my range limit and half hidden by twigs but we got a shot.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA       This is cropped  but just about stands it.

Hunger started to make itself apparent so back home, not a bad morning . The forecast rain held off, in fact we enjoyed four hours of very clement weather.



  1. A productive and enjoyable morning Adrian.
    Well done with the Goldfinch; and nice one with the woody. Lesser Spotted may be a bit tougher. Not so many about these days.
    Have a good weekend

  2. you are right about the toad the 3 are frogs toads have lumpy skin . lovely blog's yet again,
    Treat yourself to todays marsh walk, I put it all! well most on

  3. Tony many thanks will have a look.

  4. Wish I had your stamina Adrian. Dippers And Grey Wagtails generally share the same stretch of water. Well done with Goldie , Woody and the Deer.

  5. Don't know any of your birds but that sure looks like a toad to me. The fog added a mystical quality to your photos, I think.

  6. Pauline, it's real mist, too easy to reproduce in processing these days, nice either way. Yes I'm pretty sure it's a toad......Peep! Peep!....'Wind in the Willows'.

  7. Trevor thanks good luck with your chariot. It's a compact area just heavy going due to all the rain.

  8. Views of the Nature are really beautiful.
    My hands seem to reach there.

    Your photography is very splendid.

    From the Far East.
    Best regards.

  9. Ruma, thank you and thanks for popping by.