Monday, 1 April 2013

Chris Packham, a dive show, Siskins and Bramblings


Siskin, Carduelis spinus
It’s been a busy week and I’ve been trying to catch up with the photos I took. It started on Saturday March 23rd when we saw Chris Packham’s ‘Wild Night Out’ at Horsham. This was the third year we have attended his annual touring show and it lived up to our high expectations. His photography is superb and thought provoking. He also has excellent messages:-
-Support our farmers by buying their local produce and avoid loss leading imported supermarket products
-Preserve endangered raptors by licensing shooting estates and compensating them for the game birds taken by raptors supported on the estate
-Encourage children to explore the countryside and get dirty in the process, to nurture the next generation of naturalists.

On Sunday I made my annual pilgrimage to the London International Dive Show at the Excel Centre in Docklands. Excellent presentations, as usual I had to make difficult choices as there were three presentation areas. This year I concentrated on photography orientated speakers and attended these:
Paul Colley: underwater photography in Ascension island:

Paul (Duxy) Duxfield: underwater Photo Fundamentals.
Saeed Rashid: Photo Manipulation using Lightroom & Photoshop.
Mark Powell: Why Divers Do Stupid Things.
Alex Mustard: Shark Photo Techniques.
Maria Munn: Getting Creative with your Compact Camera.
Monty Halls: Going to the dark side.
Gavin Parsons: Capturing The Moment.

On Tuesday I visited Warnham Nature Reserve where I met Mark for some photo therapy. I captured two new birds for my gallery, Siskins and Bramblings, and saw more Redpolls.
footprint of American Mink, Neovison vison
Bad news for any Water Voles in the vicinity - we need some otters to cull them.

Bracket fungus
Brambling, Fringilla montifringilla
Canada Goose, Branta canadensis
Chaffinch, Fringilla coelebs
Chaffinch, Fringilla coelebs, female
footprint of Coot, Fulica atra
Goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis
Greylag Goose, Anser anser
Greylag Goose, Anser anser
Greylag Goose, Anser anser
water flowing off Greylag Goose, after it dabbled
Greylag Geese, Anser anser
Lesser Redpoll, Carduelis cabaret
Lesser Redpoll, Carduelis cabaret
Lesser Redpoll, Carduelis cabaret
Lesser Redpoll, Carduelis cabaret
Lesser Redpoll, Carduelis cabaret
Nuthatch, Sitta europaea
Lichen
orange Lichen, Trentepohlia species
Reed Bunting, Emberiza schoeniclus
Robin, Erithacus rubecula
Siskin, Carduelis spinus
Siskin, Carduelis spinus
Siskin, Carduelis spinus
Siskin, Carduelis spinus

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