It is a much better day. The showers have almost gone and the wind has dropped to a whisper.
First thing I took the dogs birding. There is a really posh bird hide just down the road. The best I’ve ever sat in. I’ll take Bertha and a 50mm lens and show you proper ornithologits what you are missing. It could do with a sickle taking to the vegetation in front of it and an insect trap that goes ZZZzzz! It’s a grand spot with a book, white board and working pens to write down things. The midges were a real pain this morning so I’m anti little insects today.
I was hoping to see the Otters and the White Tailed Fish Eagle. I did see an Otter but it was swimming along well out of camera range. I’m positive that the Eagle was somewhere else. Even I couldn’t miss something with an eight foot wingspan. I did see three Curlew, a dozen Oystercatchers, lots of Mallard (Mallard are not a common bird up here) and a Green Shank. So not a bad morning. I’ll take a packed breakfast and something for the dogs. I’ll have a couple or three hours there this next week. Just as we left I saw a Black Ferret. I suspect it was a Mink. The prize sighting was a Leopard. Not a Leopard Moth….something much more dangerous. A Leopard Slug. The worlds slowest Leopard but it has a nasty suck. I was brave for once. It did point it’s antlers in my direction but it didn’t phase me. I picked it up off the road in case it got run over and popped it on the grass.
After breakfast I set out to try and find the remains of the iron works. There is nothing left worth snapping. A pity I like old industrial sites.
I’ve got a free book from Amazon it’s ‘A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthurs Court’. It’s written by Mark Twain. DAVID, I think he’s from Texas going by the hat he wears, didn’t give it a rave review. The title just grabbed me. It’s Whimsical. His review is a good read. Americans are generally alright but satire, innuendo and irony are sometimes lacking. David sorry; that was rude but as generalisations go accurate…I’m only taking the piss a little bit. Read anything by Tom Sharp and let us have your critique. It could well be better than the book. Be kind to David he writes well and has only been blogging for a couple of months. It takes a while to develop a hard capusucal. I’m awful ignorant, I know it sounds like capsicule, It’s the very devil using big words when SHELL would do.
Whilst I’m banging on about books. I recommend ‘Two Pints’ by Roddy Doyle. It’s filthy, irreverent and totally un-mixable. I read it whenever I feel the Black Dog descending and when I can’t sleep. It also works well as a cure for constipation.
Have a great week.