Friday, 13 April 2018

Bank Voles and a wren


Bank Vole, Myodes glareolus
On Wednesday afternoon I visited Arundel WWT. The Bank Voles were active at the logpile, together with a Blue Tit, a Robin and a Wren which fed on the structure. There was plenty of bird life, including a pair of Argentine Ruddy Ducks which I had not seen before.
Argentine Ruddy Duck ♀, Oxyura vittata

Argentine Ruddy Duck ♂

Bank Vole, Myodes glareolus




Black-headed Gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus

Blue Tit, Cyanistes caeruleus

Gadwall ♂, Anas strepera

Robin, Erithacus rubecula

Shoveler, Anas clypeata

Swan Goose, Anser cygnoides

Trumpeter Swan, Cygnus buccinator

Wren, Troglodytes troglodytes

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Wildlife Photography seminar and raptors


Golden Eagle ♂, Aquila chrysaetos
This morning I attended a Wildlife Photography seminar given by David Newton at Park Cameras, Burgess Hill. I arrived early and was able to take some snaps of the raptors which were set up in the car park before the crowds arrived. I enjoyed David’s presentation, you always pick up tips from professional photographers. I bought a new monopod to replace the current one that slides down in an annoying way. It’s a Manfrotto carbon fibre 290.
American Kestrel ♂, Falco sparverius


Buzzard, juvenile ♀, Buteo buteo




Chilean Blue Buzzard-Eagle ♀, Geranoaetus melanoleucus


Golden Eagle ♂, Aquila chrysaetos





Harris Hawk ♀, Parabuteo unicinctus


Kestrel ♂, Falco tinnunculus


Northern Hawk Owl ♀, Surnia ulula

Peregrine ♂, Falco peregrinus

Spectacled Owl ♂, Pulsatrix perspicillata



Tawny Owl ♂, Strix aluco

Monday, 2 April 2018

Medieval pendant hanger and a toad

harness pendant suspension hanger
On Saturday morning I walked along Ferring Rife but it was too cold for butterflies. I saw a pair of Little Egrets and a toad. Some frogspawn had drifted to the side of a pond and been left on the ground as the water receded. I moved it back into the water.
 On Sunday I attended a dig near Havant and was pleased with my find of a medieval harness pendant suspension hanger. It is made of copper alloy and has a blue enamel star at the centre and hints of gilt. I have found a pendant in the past, so it is nice to have a pendant hanger to go with it. There is a similar, but less fancy one on the PAS database here: https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/864404 This indicates that mine is c AD1200-1440. When I posted it on FB another detectorist posted an identical but less complete one found at Godalming.
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pendant with Lion emblem
this previous find was the sort of pendant that would have been suspended from the swivel at the bottom of the hanger

Common Toad, Bufo bufo

Little Egret, Egretta garzetta

Little Egrets

Friday, 30 March 2018

White Rhinos and oxpeckers

White Rhinoceros, Ceratotherium simum
Last September I visited South Africa on a one week safari with friends. I posted most of my photos at the time but omitted the White Rhinoceros as our guide requested us not to identify the locations where we saw them, for obvious reasons. The recent death of the last male Northern White Rhino reminded me to post these photos.


with Oxpeckers







with Oxpecker