Monday, July 03, 2017

Had a visit to my bird feeder of 2 families of Jackdaws. I will ad a picture larer on.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Sorting out things.

Went through my desk drawers - how I hate seeing them referred to as Draws - to get rid of accumulated rubbish.
Came upon some stuff I found on the tide line at Weston-s-Mare a few years ago. Thinking back it was way back in the late 1990's. Might even have been in the days of the yellow Morris.

                                                typical of the sort of thing.

I had sliced along the line of the shell centres to show the build-up. Had to use a small hacksaw - also used a flashgun light spreader that was in the drawer with them.

                                      It worked enough to allow a modelling

Also found if I remembered correctly a couple of screw top bottle corks, someones false teeth -half set - and some other typical holiday rubbish.

                                             Tried picturing them in various groupings.

I used the plastic cutting piece mats from Lidl's for the close-up shots for the first time. I think they will work out well for macro backgrounds, Specially for flower shots. I will always be able to get a contrasting colour.

The time has come, the Walrus said to talk of many things.

And whilst he mentioned “Ships and Shoes and Sealing Wax, Of Cabbages and Kings’
He did not think of mentioning feeding local small birds during the winter.
 Starlings are normally quick to arrive

Larger birds have in general a larger area in which to search for their foods. Smaller birds like starkings and house sparrows and my old friend ‘Polly Dishwasher’ as the pied wagtail is often referred to in Somerset was not mentioned

They very quickly announce their presence.

I have often noticed a Pied Wagtail Motocilla alba yarrellii visiting the lawn at the back of the flats where I live every winter; previously I had not seen it feeding on stuff that I had put out for the sparrows and starlings. This winter keeping maybe a closer watch I did observe it sampling the sprinklings of blended mini sausage rolls, I used my blender to reduce the size of the offerings so that the seagulls could not swoop in and pick up all of the food.

More hesitant and much quieter

Perhaps there was an insect ot two grovelling amongst the small flakes. I must certainly keep a much sharper eye on things.

 A very quiet little bird, often checking above for seagulls etc.

I am now much happier that when I was going down to the Rocord Office at Taunton I helped Jim Skeggs with his collection of Somerset slang words. He most obligingly passed me on the first two booklets. It was a simple thing to do, in return for all the help he had given me when searching through for the files and records I had copied.