We saw this Starling marching down the path between the shore and the front at Aldeburgh – he definitely had things to do and people to see.


A family of swans is in residence on Doctors Pond in Dunmow at the moment. The adult and five signets are very tame and, as soon as they saw me, approached me to be fed…sadly for them I had nothing for them, it is clear though that they are being well looked after by the visitors to Doctors Pond. The ducks completely ignore them đŸ˜‰


We were back in Rowley Woods this weekend, a mid afternoon visit so we weren’t expecting to see much Deer action – but we ran into a family group again and a Muntjac that must have been hiding from the larger fallow deer. Despite being pretty close to the Muntjac I was unable to get a decent shot of him/her. What we did get a good shot of was this young pheasant. He was clearly cock of the group because he was definitely standing his ground as all his mates ran here and there (see this earlier post for the usual reaction!) to get away from us – quite a handsome fellow I’m sure you’ll agree.


I have a lot of photographs of birds disappearing into the middle distance, I have neither the super long lens of a wildlife photographer, nor have I the patience, finesse or light footedness to approach such creatures in such a way as not to put the fear of god into them…nevertheless, I keep trying!


And now for something completely different…

Debbie does lots of knitting, she makes large quantities of jumpers, scarves, hats, baby clothes…it’s a real production line. For something a little different she made this recently.


Along with the Geese at Doctors Pond in Great Dunmow, you also have the ducks…introducing Mr Mallard and Mrs Mallard…

Female Mallard Duck


…of someone’s dinner – at a guess a fox…who knows, certainly there’s not much left.


You may recall our last post about the Canada Geese that frequent the Doctors Pond here in Dunmow, and I mentioned they liked to have a good go at each other. Well, here’s a good example taken earlier this year.


Following up from yesterday’s image of the silhouetted gull, by chance I captured these 2 pictures of a passing raven today:

I’m delighted to report that he wasn’t flying in circles đŸ˜‰

The Broken Raven 2


A second black & white photograph for you today, taken a couple of days ago in Fyfield. This seagull decided it was time to fly home, even if that meant heading straight into a storm.