BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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CLOUGHA PIKE UNTIL RECENT YEARS THE BOWLAND STRONGHOLD FOR THE STONECHAT. PETE WOODRUFF.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Washed Out.

Well the weather is dominating the scene again just now and like everyone else I was washed out again today and am in serious danger of becoming a victim of SAD (Seasonal Adjustment Disorder) but have so far managed to fight it off. Still, my living room isn't under two foot of water.



So perhaps we should take a look at four more excellent examples of superb photography to brighten things up a little, the first two of which are courtesy of Colin Bushell who is away at the moment in foreign parts and allows me to post some of his photographs......Thanks very much Colin. The bird above is the Grey-breasted Parakeet one of a long list of species no doubt Colin will return to the UK with firmly held in his memory card.


                                                 

And this one is the amazingly colourful Red-necked Tanager.




I had cause to contact Simon Hawtin today and during our conversation couldn't understand why I had never approached Simon to ask permission to use any of his pictures from his website, so today I put the situation right and was told it was perfectly OK for me to use any of his images for which I am truly grateful......Thanks very much Simon.

So what about the Nightjar which incredibly took a liking to Simons fencing in his garden one day a while back. Amazing that it chose to locate in the very place a man and camera could record this once in a lifetime occurrence......WOW!



A positively superb image - and one of many Simon has in his library - of the stunning Short-eared Owl posing nicely on a stone wall in some upland area I probably visited on many a days birding.

I just watched the latest weather forecast......anyone know of a rowing boat for sale!

7 comments:

Warren Baker said...

sure is a wet end to the year pete! Also very warm, where's winter!

sharon said...

Welcome to our world! We get rain just about every day in Ireland! Very nice photos by the way :-)

Pete Woodruff said...

Forecast for tomorrow is becoming even more worrying with close to 10 inches of rain in some areas.

Thanks for comments both and glad you like the pics Sharon.

Brian Rafferty said...

Pete. Good to see you are still blogging.... and by the way congratulations on being published in December's Birdwatch Magazine. A very informative article on your No1 Birding Area.
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I have been confined to barracks most of the week and am looking forward to some settled weather so I can get out and about again.

Pete Woodruff said...

I did note your absence Brian but I don't think you should hold your breath on the good weather hope.

Yes the article looks reasonable......always knew I was destined for fame and Birdwatch approached me, not me them.

Another reminder top keep the pics cumin!

Colin Bushell said...

Hi Pete,

Had a bit of rain here too. Unusual in the dry NE of Brazil at this time of year. Something to do with El Nino apparently. Loads of birds and not enough time to get the camera out!
Thanks for the big up on the blog once again.
Regards,
Colin

Pete Woodruff said...

Plenty of 'big ups' to come if you're going to keep going off to exotic places and returning with a memory card full of exotic bird pics Colin for which I must thank you yet again for permitting me to post on - and brighten up - Birds2blog every - now and again.