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Last night I was captivated by a glorious sunset and couldn't resist taking a photograph of it. The sun sets directly behind the house on equinox days. That's around March and September 22ed. Because the trees have less leaves then than in high summer, it means that if the sky is clear we s... read more
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I was surprised to see a Common Darter shortly after midday. I had just completed a tour of the grounds, first going round the lake behind the cottages next door and ending up on the island, which is where I found one waiting to be photographed. As it was a bright sunny day, my first photog... read more
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As usual I have been taking my periodic general views of the lake from our bedroom window. However, I have decided that, normally, it is better not to publish them the day I take them, as I have tended to do in the past. From now on I'll try to upload a number together, so it is easier to spot t... read more
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It was shortly before 14:00 that I realised the adult swan, presumably the same one that Appeared On Saturday , was back, but possibly not as it was behaving a little differently. This time he (or is it she?) came as close as possible to the house and apart from seeming to be enjoying snackin... read more
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It was a glorious day and time for an inspection of the grounds before we were due to go to a party. I wandered around with my camera in hand. What brought me out of the house initially was an adult swan. All summer we have had a young swan with us, which I last photographed on 7 September ... read more
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We had had a taste of what we saw this morning back in August when I took a photo of the lake behind the cottages with its covering of orange seeds. Then, Earlier This Month we saw a rather different seed drop. This morning we found that the wind overnight had blown yet another seed drop onto ... read more
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It was a beautiful warm afternoon and Diana and I were taking a tea break at around 14:50. There were dragonflies about so I had my camera with me. I only had to walk a few feet down the path beside the house before I found my first one, a Southern Hawker... Diana called me back when she no... read more
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It was around 17:30 that I decided it was time to pop outside and take this photograph of an unusual white sheen on the surface of the water, caused it seems by some tree shedding its seed which, as so often happens, had then been blown into our end of the lake. After that, we took a st... read more
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After yesterday's post describing a Walkabout by a Swan , today it seemed to be the turn of a family of ducks. At around 08:50 three were spotted making their way along the grass path towards the house, following the same route as the swan had yesterday. However, unlike yesterday, it t... read more
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It was shortly after 16:00 when I spotted that young swan had climbed out of the lake. That's not unusual. She has a spot on the edge of the peninsula where it seems that she sleeps and has worn away all the grass there. What was unusual this time was that instead of making her way almost d... read more
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It was A Fortnight Ago that I opened the curtains to see a cormorant on one of the fishing stands. This morning the same thing happened again and again the bird was on the same stand. I didn't mention it then but last year I reported two more visits during that week in early October. If this is... read more
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I woke up to see our young swan come under the bridge, apparently patrolling the lake. But it was at 11:20 this morning when I spotted a kingfisher perched on the last upright of the fence at the end of our decking. It was the first time I had seen this used as a perch. I was able to rush u... read more
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About 13:20, I passed through the lounge on my way to the kitchen to see a Kingfisher on the decking outside the patio doors. I rush to get the camera to find the bird still there on the edge looking this way and that, presumably for food! Twenty seconds later the bird is still there and I ... read more
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Returning to the bedroom after breakfast, on my way to brush my teeth, I noticed a family of ducks, making their way down the dyke that borders the grounds of Ruston House. The sight reminded me of the Motor of Swans that we'd seen last year - although ducks don't appear as attracted by the wee... read more
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It was just before 09:00 this morning when I looked out of the bedroom window to see a sight I first saw on 3 October last year . On exactly the same fishing stand as last time there stood a cormorant. I stood watching it for about a quarter of an hour. After a few minutes on the stand it t... read more
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Another of the now traditional view of the lake from the bedroom window was overdue. The most recent I posted before today's was taken on Monday 21 July . In comparison with the last picture, today's shows a lake almost completely cleared of the native lilies. In one way that is a shame. I ... read more
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Last year I reported Sighting a Heron on 15 June and mentioned, at the end of the report, having seen kingfishers but not had time to grab my camera before it was gone. This year is much the same, although I can't believe that I have been seeing kingfishers since as early as June. However, t... read more
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After discovering the great beetle last week, yesterday once again tackled more of the pond weed that accumulates around the edges of the lake and particularly under the lilies. Compared to last year, which may have been abnormal, growth this year has been phenomenal. Once again I piled up o... read more
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After the recent rain there four inches or so of water in the bottom of the small boat I use for lake maintenance. When I went to bail it out I discovered a large beetle swimming around in it. The creature was probably the biggest beetle I had ever seen, around 35mm long, and was clearly fu... read more
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It was around 08:25 this morning when I spotted this bird, a breed I didn't recognise and seeming to struggle amongst the lilies at the back of the house. Some 20 minutes later, the same or a similar bird was to be seen a few yards away on one of the fishing stands. Only then did I realise ... read more
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It was at about 15:20 that I happened to have my camera with me and, for the first time, managed a picture of a holiday maker landing a fish. It was hardly the biggest in the world but, I was told, was rewarding to have mad any catch so soon after casting the line. Earlier in the day, aroun... read more
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It was just before 14:20 When I spotted a family of four geese on the lake. I was passing through the lounge on my way to the kitchen to make a cup of tea. They soon all climbed out of the lake and the ones that appeared to be juveniles promptly sat down on a fishing stand, encouraged there b... read more
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It seems a bit of overkill to take another view of the lake just four days after the last one . While there may not be anything significant that has changed in the lake or the trees around, there are differences in the photographs, the most obvious being that this one was taken at midday. T... read more
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It was another warm sunny day and I took a tour of the grounds with my camera shortly before 11:00. There were plenty of large dragonflies about and as I walked behind the cottages I found this female Emperor laying eggs. In a second shot I caught a damselfly flying past and although not a ... read more
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Sometimes you get a feeling that something you see on the lake is going to be around for some time. The cygnet I took the photo of a couple of days ago is a case in point. As I mentioned then, it's been around for a while now and it seems that each time it comes it stays for longer. It sti... read more
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