Garth Peacock
The last five days

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A week in pictures

Tuesday 8th September 2020

The last few days of August

Thursday 3rd September 2020

Recognition at last!!!

Wednesday 19th August 2020

The last couple of weeks

Monday 27th July 2020

A disappointing day.

Monday 6th July 2020

Another week goes by!!!

Monday 1st June 2020

Lockdown continues.

Saturday 16th May 2020

April lockdown

Thursday 30th April 2020

Local bird photography

Monday 20th April 2020

House-bound!!!

Friday 3rd April 2020

Could be the last one for a while.

Wednesday 18th March 2020

We are into March already

Monday 9th March 2020

Wednesday 12th February 2020

Thursday 20th February 2020

Slimbridge WWT Gloucestershire

Wednesday 19th February 2020

To end January 2020...

Thursday 30th January 2020

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Friday 4th July 2014

A relatively quiet week, starting with a hushed-up trip to see some Black-necked Grebes that had just hatched one chick. Suffice to say that the location is strictly under wraps because there are signs that the pair are already looking for a second brood - and is is a Schedule 1 bird.

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Yesterday, I decided to go to Ouse Washes RSPB for the first ever sighting of a family of Ring-necked Parakeets in Cambridgeshire. There have been reports during the winter of one being seen around Cambridge but this is an odd place for them to breed.

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Ring-necked Parakeets are very distictive by their raucous call and, frustratingly, I could hear them in a paddock over a high hedge but never saw one.

Heading towards the WWT reserve at Welney, the road goes through a small hamlet called Tipps End. It is right on the borders of Cambridgeshire and Norfolk and I cannot find out which county it is in so i have put it in Cambs. If I am wrong, someone will soon let me know.

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As I drove though, I noticed feverish activity by some House Martins so I stopped to see and they were collecting mud from a puddle by the roadside. Can never resist an opportunity for some photos.

With the cloud setting in and getting windy, I made my way home but, just outside Pymore village, on a pile of soil close to the road, a Lapwing was showing. I took some shots from the road but, despite being a flighty species (in my experience) it showed no signs of moving so I pulled the car to within 30 feet and it stayed put providing me with some full frame shots.

It then beacme apparent why it stayed as, after a while, this little chap appeared.

Overall a very fruitful week.

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