Sunday, 30 June 2013

Barton Marina.

Last week, I heard about a rare goose that had been spotted at Barton Marina. Today I eventually went there with my camera. The cape barren goose is not normally seen in this country and is native to Australia. Here is a link to the Burton Mail article - http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/News/Rare-Australian-goose-spotted-at-Barton-Marina-20130627170836.htm .
I hope you enjoy the pictures and I have also added a few other pictures of the more common birds which can be spotted there.
 The rare Australian cape barren goose. 

 A pair of mallards.
 Female mallard.
 

 A greylag goose.
 Feeding time!


 A view of one of the pools.
 
As you can see it was smaller than the canadian geese.

My local church yard.

Here are some photographs taken in one of my local church yards; St. Michaels. I hope you enjoy!






Saturday, 29 June 2013

New wood mouse footage!

Last night, I set my trail camera up in my garden. I was expecting wood mice and by the time I had set the camera up, put some seeds down and waited for a few minutes the mice were arriving! Here is a video I got, however it is very short but I hope to get some more footage tonight, I hope you enjoy.
    

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

New badger footage!

After returning to the badger sett on Saturday, for the third time, I finally got the footage I wanted! Previous times when I visited I had the settings wrong on my trail camera so the videos didn't come out very well or I just got pictures. I got this footage with my motion detect trail camera after placing a pile of nuts in front of it. I hope you enjoy the videos and  click here for more badger footage which is on my YouTube channel.

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Warwickshire walk.

Last Saturday, I went on another long distance walk ,which was 18 miles, with my camera around the Warwickshire area. I only brought a small compact camera with me this time as I didn't want to be carrying my heavy camera around. I saw lots of interesting things including my first froghopper (Philaenus spumarius) larvae froth. I hope you enjoy the pictures!
 Early purple orchid (Orchis mascula)

  Dryad's Saddle (polyporus squamosus)



Froghopper larvae froth on a nettle. 
Froghoppers are small, brown insects that can jump great distances if threatened. Whilst jumping they hold their wings together like a tent over their body. Their larvae are most commonly seen coated in a mass of froth (also known as cuckoo spit) on plant stems. The froth protects the larva from predators as it feeds on young leaves and shoots, and it also stops it from drying out. It also has a very bitter taste!

 Lots of lovely wildflower meadow at Kingsbury water park.
 Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
 Two young bullocks.

Monday, 17 June 2013

Return to the badger sett!

Over the weekend, I went back to the badger sett and set my trail camera up there again. This time I only got pictures but there was a lot of activity! I will be returning again soon to get some more footage, I hope you enjoy the photos.





Tuesday, 11 June 2013

First hedgehog on my trail camera.


I put my new trail camera up in my garden the other night and I recorded my first hedgehog on it. So far on my new camera I have recorded a badger and I have lots more exciting ideas of what I can record next. I hope you enjoy this video !







Sunday, 9 June 2013

Badger sett.

Last night I took my new trail camera to a badge sett and I managed to record a badger! This was very exciting when I went to collect my camera this morning but unfortunately the settings weren't set right so the video isn't the best. However, I will be returning very soon to get some more footage. I hope you enjoy !
 
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Saturday, 1 June 2013

Walk around Cannock Chase.

On Wednesday, I went on a walk around Cannock Chase. Unfortunately the weather wasn't the best but I got some pictures. I hope you enjoy this post and the pictures.





Birch Polypore still on the birch trees from last autumn.

Cannock Chase and The Wolseley Centre.

Last Sunday the sun finally started to show so I went on a walk around Cannock Chase and Wolseley bridges. I found two different nests which were a great-spotted woodpeckers and nuthatch. Also with the sun being out there were sightings of slow worms. I hope you enjoy this post and here are some photographs I took.




 Altogether there were 24 goslings with this pair of Canadian Geese.