Another wet and windy night. We went out just after dawn at around seven o’clock, got wet but there were signs that the cloud was dispersing.
Came back and whilst having breakfast I turned round and there was a Great Spotted Woodpecker eating my peanuts. He was on the feeder for several minutes but as I raised the camera away it went. It will be back. It made my day just seeing it.
We went out for a proper walk and struck gold again at Park Burn. There was the Dipper and it looked in superb condition. No photographs yet but it’s good to know they are about.
Park Burn with the South Tyne in the background. It lives in the bank under the bushes on the right. I’ll get a snap or have a really good try. We are here till Monday so plenty of time to install myself under the poncho and wait.
Now I can’t blame you for thinking it’s another of those days. Not a bit of it. We retraced our steps and went deer hunting this time with the dogs on the lead.
Into the big dark wood…………………..
Just two today I circled round to get down wind of them. Then couldn’t find them……..all of a sudden there they were. If they don’t show the big white bum and don’t move they are the very devil to spot. I’m writing this in that whispery David Attenborough voice………..you’ll just have to imagine how quietly I’m hitting the keys and holding my breath at the same time.
That’s what quiet breathy typing does. The deer relax enough to indulge in a quick polish up for the camera. These images haven’t been cropped so will enlarge with no bother. They are also shot with a 200mm lens as my long lens isn’t fast enough in bad light.
We had had enough, my bum was soaking…………..No…..Not because I got over excited, I was sitting in a swamp….Okay, maybe a bit of both.
On the way home we found this very obliging Nuthatch.
Doing what Nuthatches do………….Nuthatches are experts at upside down. Again uncropped so they will enlarge. I will admit to cheating here I hid some Niger seed in the bark.
All in all a grand day………..apart from the ducks I have identified everything I’ve seen………..that’s a first.
We’ll be out again tomorrow. Have fun.