2 Days Running

After finally getting round to blogging yesterday i thought I should continue my new found enthusiasm. Yesterday I promised a link to my Flickr account which will be forthcoming, but for now I will run through the Notyouraveragebirders year from April until now in pictorial format.

At this point I will apologise that some of the pictures aren’t great (I’m still learning) and I know little about ISOS or shutter speeds and the like, so be patient!

It all kicked off in April with a trip to Cornwall for my birthday. Cornwall holds a special place in my heart as its the first place in the UK that myself and Jo went on holiday for a week. Obviously the added bonus is that there are a multitude of birding paradises down there and the scenery is something else. Here is a couple of pics from Porthgwarra:

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And the Chough we picked up along the way at the Lizard…

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After that came a trip to see Jo’s grandparents where we also managed to fit in a trip to Anglesey that resulted in my first ever Puffin! (here’s where the warning about photos is applicable)

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We also got the added bonus of meeting a twitter contact in the form of @naturebites on a lovely beach where we got to see a huge collection of Terns and put a face to a contact. Here is Kathy and Jo looking a bit cold…

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Work took hold after this trip until we headed back down to Cornwall in July to see some more wildlife, but the weather took hold. We managed to get out on a sea trip though which was pretty awesome including a leatherback turtle and some very lazy seals

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Lazy Cormorant

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Lazy seals!

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This is a turtle trust me!

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Possibly my favourite bird at the moment (just edging a goldfinch)

That concludes part 1 of the update, I’ll carry it on tomorrow.

Enjoy everyone

Chris

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Is that the time??

So, I feel that a massive apology is in order dear readers. I regaled you with stories of what was to come and what had gone and promised photos that would show just what we had been up to and how amazing it was.

The truth is that it was amazing but I just haven’t found the time to do it justice. For this reason I’m going to have to draw a line on all that’s gone before. There have been numerous trips to Cornwall, trips around Hampshire and everything else that you’ve been told about but now we will be starting afresh.

I’ll put a link up when I’m back from work in London to my flickr site that contains all the photos (well, the good ones) of all of it so it will be more like a montage (imagine Rocky playing whilst you watch)

One thing I would like to mention is a trip to Portsmouth RSPB group to listen to a talk by David Lindo, better known as the ‘Urban Birder’ who talked about his life growing up and what he loves about birds and nature. I would recommend his book to anyone with an interest in birds and if he comes to speak anywhere near you, you won’t be disappointed check his website out here: David’s Website

His talk really reignited my passion for birding which admittedly dimmed over the summer. I found summer (I speak in the past tense as it’s definitely got cold) frustrating and it has passed me by. There were very few birds in my garden and the walks that we went on consisted of the same species again and again. Whilst I do love a Chiff Chaff, when they are all you can hear on a 2 hour walk I did find that I lacked a certain enthusiasm that I had at the start of the year.

So new season, new passion. I have invested in a massive walking pack, Jo has purchased a second hand scope and we are all set to commence battle again. I am going to be heading out this weekend using bird tracker for Android and trying to identify the best place for my local patch.

I had never considered a local patch before David suggested it in his talk. The thought of observing how much it changes throughout the year and the (hopefully) wide selection of visitors will be fascinating to see, I will let you know more on Sunday!

I will sign off now as the train is about to arrive in Winchester,but I am back dear readers and I will ensure Jo gives you an update ASAP.

Chris

P. S nearly forgot about Birdfair which was such a brilliant weekend meeting so many people who have inspired me with their passion. The talks were fantastic (if not a little hot in the marquees!) and showed me just how many people and places there are to see out there. Make sure you check it out next year!