Girafferacing's Animals and birds Posts

One of the joys of staying at Llanerchindda (apart from the wonderful view, great welcome and fabulous food!) is seeing the four-legged residents – namely…

I missed the return of the Red Poll cattle to Hatfield Forest last year as we were closed because of Covid. At the beginning of this month they came back once…

Today’s main focus was a redundant church I planned to photograph near Colchester, but I took a small detour to Flatford while I was out and about to shoot with…

After an absence of 15 months I finally made it back to Rainham Marshes today. I had a very enjoyable stroll around the reserve, always on the lookout for birds…

It’s been an exciting spring at Hatfield Forest, with some new additions to our flock of Hebridean sheep. This is the first time our ranger Ian has bred from…

Cats often like to sit in unusual places, but Lucy has a different approach. She loves the doormat by our patio doors and takes great delight in hunting and…

As Kevin and I took our walk this afternoon the local birds seemed to be on sentry duty, watching the world go by. We have lots of sparrows in the village, who…

Now the weather is slowly warming up I’m trying to get into the habit of spending more time in the garden so our feathered visitors get used to my presence…

There are several robins who hang around the lakeside at Hatfield Forest but they were feeling shy when I last took my camera out to photograph them. With fewer…

Today felt like a proper adventure, with an hour’s drive to Suffolk to collect a musical instrument for a work gig – the furthest I’ve travelled in months! My…

Lucy has a definite routine, depending on the season. At this time of year her daytime resting place is on the bed in our spare room, while in the evening she…

Most of my recent lockdown walk photography has been shot at 35mm (the focal length of my Fuji X100) so I took a different approach today and took a long lens…

I threw out some mealworms in the garden this morning for the visiting birds who prefer to forage on the ground. Just after lunch I spotted William, our pied…

For several years now blue tits have raised young in our nest box, and periodically they pop back to inspect their home for the coming year. In recent weeks…

In recent weeks we’ve gained a new regular visitor to our garden – a juvenile Pied Wagtail. Most days I’ve seen it bobbing around, snapping up tasty morsels and…

I got a little distracted on my snowy walk this morning. I went out expecting to take photos of wintery landscapes (and I did shoot a few) but on my walk…

Lucy hates our vacuum cleaner with a passion and usually runs for the hills as soon as Kevin gets it out. Today though she decided to put on a brave face and…

With my daily pinhole project I’m always on the lookout for potential subjects for photos. I’ve tried photographing Lucy this way before when I saw she’d…

We’ve known for many years that Lucy is a cat for all seasons – unlike many felines she’ll happily venture outside in any sort of weather. This afternoon she…

On Boxing Day our area of the country will be moved up into the highest tier of Covid restrictions so today we took what could be our last chance to visit…
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