Garth Peacock
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Slimbrisge WWT Gloucesterdhire

Wednesday 19th February 2020

To end January 2020...

Thursday 30th January 2020

That's the end of 2019 for me.

Friday 20th December 2019

Disaster strikes

Monday 2nd December 2019

It's still very hard work

Saturday 9th November 2019

A quiet month overall

Saturday 2nd November 2019

Week ending 11th October 2019

Friday 11th October 2019

A quiet week

Friday 4th October 2019

A week of mixed fortunes

Tuesday 1st October 2019

The final catch-up

Tuesday 10th September 2019

Post Romania

Wednesday 4th September 2019

Romania Day 7 - 14th June 2019

Saturday 17th August 2019

Romania Day 6 - 13th June 2019

Friday 16th August 2019

Romania Day 5 - 12th June 2019

Wednesday 24th July 2019

Romania Day 4 - 11th June 2019

Thursday 18th July 2019

Romania Day 3 - 10th June 2019

Tuesday 9th July 2019

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Monday 7th May 2018

I have been suffering from a trapped nerve in my back for the past few weeks that has made it difficult to get out because it affected my right leg. To make matters far worse, a couple of weeks ago, I re-activated an old injury to my right knee so was confined to the house for a time - frustration!!!!

Last week, I decided to drive to Fen Drayton Lakes and see what was possible from the car. A few years ago, this was a regular trip and there was always something of interest but various factors have combined to make this far less interesting - and so it transpired with just one photo opportunity - a very close Dunnock.

The next day, hearing cheeping in my back garden, I noticed a male House Sparrow near my garden feeders. Moving as fast as my knee would allow, I got the camera, gently opened the bedroom window and there it was sitting on the perch.

A flock of House Sparrows used to be a permanent fixture in my garden but not now - this was the first visit for a couple of years so worth getting excited about.

Last Thursday, I went to the RSPB reserve at Fowlmere. I hobbled to the first hide and sat there for the morning in glorious sunshine, waiting for something to happen. A pair of Little Grebes were in an out of the reeds but nothing special.

A pair of Greylag Geese paddled past the hide with three goslings in tow - a nice family shot.

and even the youngsters on their own.

And then a Little Grebe chick appeared from the reeds searching to be fed - unusual and a decent opportunity for something different.

and when the parents decided to do something else apart from feeding the chick, it really gave off in no uncertain terms.

Nice to know that even birds have trouble with unruly youngsters.

After being fed, the chick gave a lone photo opportunity.

With the sun getting high and the light very contrasty, I hobbled back to the car.