Had a good day at Slimbridge, today so here are some of  my photos.


I felt sorry for the everyday birds so I snapped a few of them in order that they did not feel left out and develop a complex.


Muntjac deer in Forest of Dean.

I saw these two Muntjacs (Muntiacus reevesi) on a slippery walk near Brierley. I think they are two different individuals, although they  were both in roughly the same vicinity. However one was at the beginning of my walk and the other was at the end. I think the second one has slightly bigger antlers and the preorbital scent gland is more pronounced.

When I lived in Norfolk I can’t ever remember photographing these little chaps, they were so common, but here in the Forest of Dean I hardly ever see them so they got the benefit of me snapping away.


You can clearly see the preorbital glands here, they look like two massive tears. They are used to mark the territory and give information about the owner. Studies have shown that the chemical composition of these secretions would permit muntjacs to identify an individual’s age, sex and population of origin. Both males and females have these glands.

Snow Birds 2

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Snow is starting to melt but has a long way to go . Here are a few more birds that have visited for food and water during the recent cold snap (2nd and 3rd March 2018) I have seen loads of Field fares, which is nice but they are very aggressive. They spend most of their time chasing other birds away. Redwings are about but seem much more shy. I did see a Peregrine fly over yesterday but too quick for a photo.

Snow Birds

I have been feeding the birds and more especially putting out water for them… Which needs replacing every few hours.

Here are a few shots I took through the bedroom window, so a bit on the soft side. We do not usually get Pheasants and these two spent some time in the garden even on the shed roof. Standing on one leg so I suppose his feet were cold.

I was surprised to see one brave Blackbird having a bath…. In this weather!!

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Butcher broom, and Penduline tit

Butchers broom in Lark Wood near Kineton in Gloucestershire???…

No….. well we did not find any.   OK you may wonder why, but I wanted some photos because at this time of year they are in flower. Tiny flowers but in flower and I wanted to get a photo of some. I had found a SSSI report that said they were in Lark Wood in the Cotswolds so we went there and it was muddy and cold and we walked and walked, there was a little stream and and a ford with a foot bridge and we saw a Little Egret..


We saw quite a lot of Laurel Spurge but no Butchers Broom.

On the way back we stopped of at Plocks Court in Gloucester to see the Penduline Tit. There was a small group of Birdo’s some with huge lenses and the guy with the longest lens and thus the main  man  showed me where the Tit was and it immediately flew  from that point to somewhere else and I saw a flash of small bird and so I said OK I have spotted it and Mr Man said yes and that brings my bird count for the year to 163.    One Hundred and Sixty three!!!!  and I have seen about 30 so far… That is why he was Mr Man and had a huge …… lens.

I hung  about after every one else had left and saw a small bird flitting about….. several times and each time it was not a Penduline Tit. It was a Stonechat.

If you are wondering why I wanted a photo of Butchers Broom in the first place, the reason is another blog about.

   Woodland Wildflowers.

Do click the link and have a look, also if anyone knows where I can see some  Butchers Broom in the Gloucestershire/Monmouthshire area please let me know. I am also looking for some Stinking Hellebore.

Flowers from Siberia and Mongolia

I was looking through some old photos looking for pictures of the Siberian forests,  I found a few but I also came across these photos I took of some of the wild flowers….. These were taken with my first digital camera and little point and shoot Olympus.



So why do I need a sophisticated Canon 6D and a 105mm macro lens?

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mmm Sorry I do not have names for them.