A cheeky squirrel

There are many advantages to living in the country, and the calm coupled with an abundance of wildlife make a compelling case.

My wife and I have discovered that most of the time it’s living with and not against that is usually the order of the day.

We have moles, and when we arrived in the new house, we saw the mole hills in the fields adjacent to our garden approaching day by day until they erupted in our own garden.

At first we were affronted and even called upon the services of a specialist until we arrived at the conclusion that we will just have to live with them so we’ve stopped the fight and do our best just to accept their presence.

In the same way, the rabbits playing in the fields, and bringing up their littles ones, was a cute sight until suddenly they were in the garden chewing through the plants that my wife had painstakingly planted.

We’ve put up as much fencing as we can and planted garlic and even sprayed garlic juices everywhere, but in all honesty it hasn’t had as much of a dissuasive effect as we would have liked.

Then there are the birds, a rich variety, including tits, thrushes, blackbirds, robins, chaffinches and a pair of Greater Spotted Woodpeckers that came and ate from the birdfeeders we erected.

The wood pigeons, ravens, magpies and those flocks of hungry starlings were a challenge but when we noticed fieldmice and probably a rat we realized that all that birdseed, nuts, and insect laden grease balls, were dropping on the grass and attracting all sorts of creatures.

Oh dear!

So we’ve abandoned feeding the birds until later in the year.

We probably miss them the most. It was wonderful to see them feeding as we ate our breakfast at the breakfast bar.

But the squirrels continue to go about their business and cross the gardens during the day, stopping occasionally to wave hello.

Photo Souvenir #27

A close up of a Koala today. This was taken in Featherdale Wildlife Park near Sydney Australia.

Canon EOS 600D, ISO 1600, 200mm, f / 5.6 1/250 sec, February 21, 2014

I’m not convinced that the technical camera information or the embedded Google map add valuable content to these posts and I’m thinking of just adding the date and the location in future posts. What do you think?

Wildlife from our window

One of our favourite pastimes is to watch the wildlife in the field next to our back garden, and we’ve noticed that as time goes by, birds, and small mammals, adventure closer to the house than they used to.

I showed you a Greater Spotted Woodpecker a while back, and now Squirrels adventure into our garden. I spotted one earlier, and just managed to get my camera out before it jumped away.

There are also a few rabbits that frolic in the field, and our neighbour told us that he saw a Kite swoop down and attempt to lift one but luckily for the rabbit he didn’t have enough strength, and dropped it.

Nature and Wildlife

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Nature and Wildlife require skill and good lenses. These are not necessarily the photos I would have liked to present to you although there are one or two that I am rather fond of.

OWPC – Elephant


This post marks my return to posting. I’ve just come back from Myanmar where I had the opportunity of doing a river cruise down the Irrawaddy. It was unforgettable and awesome. One of the best vacations I’ve had these past few years (and I’ve been lucky to do a lot!)

This week’s One Word Photo Challenge is Elephant and here is my take. The photo was taken at a zoo on the island of Java a few years back.

It’s really great to be back home!

Simba : OWPC

I’m not a pet person and over the years I’ve only really had one pet and that was a Goldfish that was given to me by my Aunt when I was a kid. I remember travelling with it in a plastic bag in the back of the family red mini from Bristol to Chippenham.

But I have a wonderful family and a family has it’s own needs. So it was that we came to have Simba our much loved cat that stayed with us from 1996, just after he was born, for 9 years. He moved from the apartment to our new home when we moved to the suburbs in our own house, in 2000.

I tolerated him for many years until he gradually became a lot more than my wife and children’s cat to become the authentic family cat.

So I was sad that one day in 2005  he went out in the morning as he usually did, but never returned.

I hope he found somewhere where he was happy and looked after and if he met with an accident that he felt no pain.

He found a place in my heart and I miss him.

This an album for the One Word Photo Challenge : Cat.