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Saturday, December 27, 2008

And that's Christmas over.

I did very little except go for a walk Christmas Morning and look VERY briefly around some sales for an hour Boxing day morning. My chief job was tea and coffee maker which I dutifully did and even got up of a morning and brought dad tea in bed!!

I did read a fair bit.
P G Wodehouse - "Aunts aren't Gentlemen" *** - ok but not one of his best.
Charles De Lint - "Promises to Keep" ***** - a short novel about the young Jilly Coppercorn.
Marion Zimmer Bradley - "Winds of Darkover" - *** entertaining short fantasy novel.
All 3 books were under 200 pages each so I'm now 2/3 of the way through Agatha Christie's a Pocket Full of Rye

This morning I departed chez Dad, it was VERY frosty but frost means clear skies !! Sun!! and of course as soon as the camera appeared so did the cloud - ARGH.

Anyway I strolled around Rye Meads and Amwell. Snipe, Water Rail, Stonechat, Siskin, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Goldeneye, Coal Tit and Kestrel being the highlights.




9 comments:

turquis said...

I wonder what lens you use to take your lovely bird shots. I was doing some watching yesteday and wondered how I could go about taking a picture of a duck that looked nice in my low powered binoculars.

KAZ said...

LTTs seem to have done so well this year - along with other little birds like Goldcrest.
Great news.

Pete said...

kaz,

yeah seen a lot of LTT's lately and a few goldcrests. lots of siskins aobut as well.

Turqis. the camera is a Nikon d300 dSLR and an 80-400 VR, pricey set up.

never really tried to take a pic through bins. Consider something like a Panasonic FZ28 or Canon SX10

Pete said...

t - no to use through bins tho

oldcrow61 said...

Sounds like you had a nice quiet Xmas. Lovely shots.

Tricia said...

The robin looks appropriately cold for today's temperature :)

Janine said...

Lovely LTT shots Pete!

Mary said...

Pete, no matter the clouds, your birds are beautiful. Sounds like you had a very nice Christmas.

Mary

GardenAuthor said...

Darling little birds! So different from our backyard "locals." /Deb