Update

First off, apologies for the lack of posts. I keep putting it off, as I like to just upload a picture each time, but it seems I only have about 5% of storage space available (and tons of photos to share) which = to me not knowing how to go about it.

I have also been busy at work, going on holiday to Wales (where I saw dolphins and Barn owls!).

Also at work I have been taking pictures for the stable doors where the horse has a profile and a headshot picture.

You can see the images here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.772889506095192.1073741838.191970274187121&type=1&l=32720f29db

On Friday I also went to the Global Champions Tour at Horse Guards, London so have tons of pictures from that!

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Wildlife at Work

Just a quick update really as I have started working 5 days a week photos and getting out and about is limited. But spotting and seeing wildlife isn’t! Fortunately for me I work outside with horses at the college I went to, it got lots of lovely open spaces, meadows and woods! So whenever I am out an about on the yard or poo picking (glamorous) I am always on the lookout for wildlife. I used to say to my good friend ‘I should have a tv show called Wildlife at work or birding with Louise’ as when I spot something I’m always pointing it out as quite often it goes unseen!

So the wildlife I’ve seen at work this summer includes:

  • The swallows nesting in the stables.
  • House martins flying around
  • Kestrel
  • Plenty of Red kites!
  • Pied wagtail
  • Ring necked parakeets
  • Green woodpecker
  • Collared doves
  • Chaffinch
  • Loads of crows and pigeons!
  • Wren
  • Fox – spotted at about 10.30am!
  • and lastly this week a Little Owl!!!!!

Personally the Little Owl is a highlight for me, I’ve only every caught a glimpse of a Barn Owl hunting at dusk from a car and have always wanted to see a Little Owl. I thought I saw a the owl last Sunday when it flew out in front of me, a bit confused at the strange bird I thought it looked owl like but wasn’t 100% certain. But on Monday I found out indeed it was the little owl. I was casually going into a field to help catch two ponies when on a fence post nearby I saw the little owl! I stopped and just started gobsmacked at how close I was and the face I was staring face to face (well I was more looking down on) the little owl! It bobbed up and down and flew to a tree and watch me from there where I was getting the attention of Goshia I was whispered ‘An owl, an owl there is a little owl over here!’. As Goshia was walking over, it flew back to the post looked at me once more before going back to the tree and then flying off. I must say I wish I had my camera but I’m very happy just with the encounter!

In the same field again today I was poo picking and must have spooked the owl from its hiding spot as it flew out the trees and across the field!

I think I may take my camera to work on Sunday and sit out in the field at lunch to see if the Little Owl is around! 

 

Finland: 25/04/14 – Day 9

So todays our last full day in Finland as tomorrow is just a travel day.

As we had a train to catch we just went for a walk by the river near town for the morning, it was nice and relaxing and there was bits of floating ice still in the river! We walked along the river a few hours before heading back to town and eating out for lunch at this buffet place before heading back to pick up our bags from the guesthouse and catching the train to Kajaani.

It was a long journey with a change but yet again I enjoyed looking out the window, daydreaming and reading as well as a nap. We arrived back at 11pm so wandered around to grab a bite to eat before walking to a hotel. We only managed to have 2 hours sleep before heading to the airport the next morning!

Day 10 was spent in airports, falling asleep in airports and reading. I on the way out I sat backwards on the aeroplane which was different but better!

Here are some pictures from day 9:

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 I apologize for lack of blogging recently, started work for the summer so been pretty busy most of the week, I am working at a polo club tomorrow so then next blog will be next Friday 🙂 I have a Richmond Park blog, Beachy Head and a some up of Finland blog to do. I also have a video to edit from Finland and tons more pictures to go through and upload, which I will probably do during the week 🙂

Update

Finally got round to writing and posting a blog, will do a quick roundup/update with a couple of pictures.

Before breaking up for Christmas, I went out for a walk and spotted a Kingfisher, fieldfare and Redwings. My kingfisher shot is yet again a flying blurry picture, but hey you can tell it is one! I also went for a number of walks but didn’t seem much apart from, gulls, goosander and herons. I didn’t get out as much as I’d have liked to, or as far because of assignments and my leg playing up from a summer horse riding injury.

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Christmas holidays I worked for the majority of it as well as visiting family and going to Suffolk for the New Year. It was nice to get back to work with the horses and see the wildlife at work, had the pleasure of a fox darting out in front of us and running across the outdoor school whilst bringing horses in which was a pleasant surprise! Along with numerous encounters with the Red Kites, Pied Wagtail and Egyptian goose. On my last day I also spotted a buzzard in a tree from one of the fields where I was catching a horse in, which is a first at work.  It’s a shame that I don’t get to photograph these encounters at work and always kick myself for not being able to have it on me but alas it’s just not practical.

On one of my days off I went looking for the foxes but was not lucky this time, although did see one dart across the road at 9pm one night. I also went to the Tower of London, to stake and see the Tower of London itself.IMG_9853

Although when in Suffolk we did see a fox, quite a way away, also saw redwing, fieldfare, blue and great tits, robins and collard doves.

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So that’s my update, I have also been asked for one of my pictures to be published in a Canadian magazine so will keep updated with that. I also designed a website for a module at university and hope to send it live so will upload some sneak previews soon.

Hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas and New Year!