I live in a camper van with a West Highland Terrier for company.
My passion is creating images 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

Thursday 23 December 2010


We are in Ravenglass. for a couple of days or so. I love this place. The ducks are ducks but with my new found powers of observation not your run of the mill Mallard……….Posh ducks. We will be back in February.



Still not got any decent rubber on the camper but no worries we are getting about. Arrived here and was greeted like a long lost frein’….pain in the neck. Time to reinvent myself I suspect.

We got sorted grabbed dogs and camera and went for a wander down to the estuary.

Big surprise…………………..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA    Always a difficult decision but I'll guess at a Pochard…………….If I'm lucky a Red Breasted Pochard. Here are a few more on the wing………….that’s absurd………the wing is on the bird…………..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA    Why do they take off and disappear, antisocial it is………So is having a dump in the sea…………Birds will be birds……….it’s just under the pair together if you doubt me.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA        Or maybe they just don’t like dogs sharing their domain.

Not only did I see Chaffinch, Robin, Blackbird, Jay and numerous little jobs whose pictures I will endeavour to take. I also saw these…………

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA       Not your common tufted duck but an altogether superior duck. The Merganser. Lord protect me from my ignorance. I hope I'm getting better. if not then let me know. I am trying!

Still waiting for the long lens back but it is mended……………Thank you Sigma cheap at just over a hundred pounds. Considering it fell off a table and was dropped in the sea.

Try not to get too ratted but if you do hold it like a gentleman…………that applies to the ladies as well. Not easy, as you know!

Have fun, Merry Christmas.



  1. Well, you did pretty well with the birds, the Red-breasted Merganser is one of my favourites. Good trying..........

  2. Methinks the first lot are Wigeon; and the Red-breasted Merganser is a cracker. Nice one.

    Have a very enjoyable Christmas Adrian; whatever you are doing.

  3. Hope you don't have to dig out when you leave.
    Great to see there are some different birds for you to go at.

    Have a dry warm Christmas Adrian and keep the new toys away from the edge of the table.

  4. Bob, kind of you to say but I know Different.

    Keith, are you sure...........Cos you are! I just knew I'd blew it.. Happy Christmas. Seriously this is a good place for birds. Sellafield keeps the sea warm.

    John can't dig out as I lent my shovel a month ago and the thieving little bas.....d has never lent it back. Great to see different ducks.
    The cameras are now dumped in a big plastic box under the table.

    Emma, This is a magical winter. The ones of my childhood always seemed like this. Digging sheep out of drifts lighting diesel fires under pipes. Eating porridge three times a day...........perhaps not wonderful but at least we thought Devon was hot on our August holiday.
    A Very Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  5. You have fun and a good Christmas as well Adrian.

  6. Happy Christmas Adrian. I've loved reading your posts about your travels and the accompanying photographs..... and what a life Alfie and his friend has! The life of Riley, I'd say. They're two lucky little doggies (sorry I can't remember Alfie's companion's name).

  7. Your ducks and dogs look lovely. Do the dogs look whiter than usual?

    Hope you have an enjoyable Christmas!

  8. Holiday Greetings Adrian....Lovely duck photos! The water is very serene and I love how you composed them.....Your dogs are precious. I enjoy your photography very much and look forward to your 2011 art! Cheers, Linda

  9. Trevor, I'll do my best, you enjoy the family and don't eat too much...think of the bike.

    Monica, the same to you, roll on the spring.

    Lesley, Molly is the smaller of the two. All the best to you and yours.

    Pauline,you have an excellent Christmas too. The dogs are almost blown out. They aren't I checked the levels.

    Linda, you too have a good few days. Thank you for your kind comments.

  10. I wish to you and to all you love there a Happy, Peaceful Christmas!
    Daliana from Romania

  11. Molly and Alfie look so happy and companionable. Lucky creatures.

  12. Merry Christmas and best wishes - fantastic photos and love :) Ula :):*

  13. Hoping your Christmas is just ducky ;)

  14. It's been great to follow you this year Adrian. Happy Christmas .... wondering if you are going to photograph Lal Ratty or the ghost of Muncaster !! J

  15. Happy Christmas Adrian, Molly and Alfie. May your next year be just as rewarding.

  16. Daliana, thank you and all the very best wishes to you......I look forward to more of your wonderful work.

    Graham, they do get on well most of the time. She does miss him when he goes to stop with his mum.

    Ula, thank you and all our best wishes to you and yours.

    Glo, it will be quiet but I like quiet. You have a lovely day.

    Jay, i have a load of photographs from last year. If you want to ride on the footplate you buy a normal ticket and go for a pass in the signal box. It's the same price but not advertised. You being a railway fan may enjoy it. happy Christmas to you too.

    Trevor, You all have a good one. Lets hope the pictures keep on coming.