I saw a heron on my way home from work yesterday. It was perched by the side of a pond in the middle of a very busy junction next to the M60 I've seen them by the canal round the corner from my house, but never somewhere so busy!
That's the way to do it Rats, a nice fake one to scare the real ones off your land. I did have one once purchased from a local garden centre. Whilst shopping for it my Mum manhandled one a bit too vigorously and accidentally snapped the head off. We have never laughed so much. She did own up to the store and paid for the damage and paid for my heron. I didn't have a heron problem at the time or a pond, just the name Heron formed part of our street address. We did aim to create a pond at some point but in the meantime it looked lovely in the garden. Reminds me...must reactivate my RSPB membership again. I love a good bird watch! I would love to see a heron and a woodpecker.
Hello everyone Those of you that are interested in birds, it is a good time to visit Rushmere Park at Leighton Buzzard. There are about 14 pairs of Heron nesting. The great thing is that the viewing platform and caffetaria are almost at eye level of the top of te tree, so you can see the nests. I went last week. The chicks must have just about hatched out now. Take binoculars, f you have them. They usually have a scope on site, as well as a guide. One camera is focused on a nest for closeups. http://www.leighton-buzzard.co.uk/rushmere.htm
Yesterday pm. saw up the end of the garden what I thought was a pigeon acting strange, I called mr. Z. and about a minute later a sparrow hawk dived off with a male blackbird in its talons. I felt so sad for the BB as we had been watching a pair of male BB fighting for worm territory the day before.....
Heard several black caps over Ivinghoe. I saw the front of one through branches, was the right colour, but did not see its cap, so not 100% sure. Here is my ring Ouzel, pictured from about 250-300 m with a small automatic Cannon PowershotSX720 HC camera.
Saw a little wren up close near outbuilding. And something else... but can't post pics as have somehow got through all our 10GB of broadband in three days??!! How did that happen? It's not as if I have been watching tv on it. The back garden suddenly filled with a small flock of sheep and lambs earlier Dashed out there with camera. They are funny things. Was worried they were eating my mint, but I don't think so. There's probably a reason it's the only herb that's survived.
As we were driving up to the restaurant for lunch three wild boars shot across the road causing both Mr R and the driver of a car coming in the other direction to throw out the anchors pretty swiftly. How the other car missed them I shall never know.
I've had that happen Rats and it's not a lot of fun. They would have caused a lot of damage to your car.
Many years ago I had a close encounter with a boar during a shoot in Northern France.... How I didn't collapse from fright I don't know!
I didn't have a camera sadly but whilst visiting family in Oxfordshire over Easter I saw a group of about 20 deer around the edge of the lake at night and under a rather clouded sky. Other family members saw baby muntjac but sadly I didn't.