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#BirdWeekly ~ Photo Challenge ~ Ducks and Geese #nature #wildlife #photography

Lisa Coleman’s Bird Weekly challenge this week is all about ducks and geese.

The Canada geese were photographed at Conwy nature reserve

as was the Shelduck. There are large numbers at the reserve between January and May, then they relocate further along the valley to nest.

I hadn’t seen eider ducks before but on a visit to Amble in Northumberland there were lots of them in the harbour. The first is the male, the second the female. They are seaducks, nesting around the northern English and Scottish coasts.

This little duck family were enjoying life on the river Avon

Landscape · Nature · Pets · Photo Challenge · Scenery · Sunday Stills

#SundayStills ~ What does Freedom mean to you? #Landscape #Nature #Pets #Wildlife

Welcome to the Sunday Stills feature created and hosted by Terri Webster Schrandt at Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

This week’s theme is Freedom.

At the moment, freedom to me would mean getting out and about and going wherever I please. Won’t be possible for a while.

Freedom of the skies

A herd of Kashmiri goats are free to roam on the Great Orme

During lockdown they took advantage of the lack of people in town and decided to pay several visits en masse.

Finn loves being free to run off lead, especially on the beach.

And I love being free to spend time in this place without a voice following me around saying ‘haven’t you got enough books!’

Barter Books is a fantasic second hand bookshop housed in what used to be a railway station, with many, many shelves of all kinds of books, real fires, a cafe and seating areas scattered around. I really hope they can keep trading.

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Bird Weekly PhotoChallenge ~ Waders #Birds #Nature #Wildlife

Week 3 of Lisa Coleman’s bird weekly challenge is waders ~ any bird that forages for insects, molluscs and crustaceans in the shallows of practically any body of water.

Oyster catchers are quite common on the beaches and estuaries.

The redshank and lapwing were photographed at the RSPB nature reserve at Conwy

The heron had his eye on something but didn’t go for it, not while I was watching anyway.

The little egrets were also photographed at Conwy nature reserve.

Nature · Photo Challenge · Photography · Scenery · Sunday Stills

#SundayStills ~ Beginning and End of the Day #Sunrise #Sunset #Nature #Photography

Welcome to the Sunday Stills feature created and hosted by Terri Webster Schrandt at Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

This week’s theme is Rise/Set 

We stayed in an AirBNB a few years ago and this was the sight that greeted us in the morning. Sunrise over the North Sea…

Sunrise over the North Sea

A cloudy sunrise over the Herefordshire countryside…

Sunset over Llandudno Bay…

A couple of years ago we drove over to Llanddwyn Island on Anglesey to catch the sunset and it was spectacular…

Early morning dog walk with the sun coming up… Can you make out the lone fisherman on the shoreline in the second one? 

Sunrise over the Little Orme

Sunrise over St Ives harbour

The rising moon was visible quite frequently during April and May with the beautiful weather we had…

This picture was also taken on an early morning dog walk, just as the moon was setting. Unfortunately I only had my phone and was too far away to get a good shot…

Bird Weekly · Blue Tit · Nature · Photo Challenge · Photography

Bird weekly ~ Photo Challenge ~ Birds with Yellow Feathers #Nature #Birds #Photography

For week 2 of Lisa Coleman’s Bird Weekly challenge I’m featuring the blue tit. The most common garden visitor here with yellow feathers. All but this first photo were taken in my garden.

We had a nesting pair again this year and they successfully raised their brood.

Hunting for tasty treats, maybe

No sooner in than he’s off again

No wonder he’s looking a bit harassed

Cee's FOTD Challenge · Floral Friday · Flower · Nature · Photo Challenge · Photography

FF#22 ~ Floral Friday #FOTD ~ Flower of the Day Mesembryanthemum #Nature #Photography #Flowers

This entry is for Bren’s Floral Friday and Cee’s Flower of the Day. 

Mesembryanthemums are one of my favourite flowers and look spectacular trailing down a wall. We haven’t been able to do that here but they still put on a show in the border.

 

Cee's FOTD Challenge · Flower · FOTD · Nature · Photo Challenge · Photography

#FOTD Flower of the Day ~ Lavatera #Flower #Nature #Photography

My entry for Cee’s flower of the day (18th June) is lavatera. This plant isn’t in our garden but we enjoy a nice show from next door 

And after playing around with some effects…

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Bird Weekly ~ Photo Challenge ~ SongBirds #Nature #Birds #Photography

I’m joining a new photo challenge all about birds with Lisa Coleman at Our Eyes Open. This week it’s song birds.

This starling was happily singing away as we sat at outside a cafe in Northumberland having morning coffee and still hadn’t stopped when we left…