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2 minutes ago, Winsford Soul said:

Dont mind at all. Tenby. Pembrokeshire. It,s very special

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Thanks Ste

When all this is over would love to try this place out 

Many thanks Eric

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Thanks Ste

When all this is over would love to try this place out 

Many thanks Eric

Your welcome mate, Definitely  worth it. Cant wait to return but not until next June unfortunately 

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Yellow sky at night... not a sunset, but courtesy of a large-scale greenhouse probably a mile or two away and where they'll be force growing fruit and veg or flowers.

It's not usually this bright, but the light's reflecting off the evening's thick, low cloud. 

 

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1 hour ago, Amsterdam Russ said:

Yellow sky at night... not a sunset, but courtesy of a large-scale greenhouse probably a mile or two away and where they'll be force growing fruit and veg or flowers.

It's not usually this bright, but the light's reflecting off the evening's thick, low cloud. 

 

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Not quite as bright as the one in the film Saving Grace, but quite eerie looking all the same

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42 minutes ago, Tattoodave said:

Not quite as bright as the one in the film Saving Grace, but quite eerie looking all the same

Haha - I wondered whether I’d posted a nearly identical pic before; same situation, same balcony location, and probably same time of year.
 

I know now that I did, because I recall now that you mentioned Saving Grace then as well! Still not seen the film, though. ☹️
 

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Starlings starting to gather for a mermuration.  Unfortunately it was too dark for recording when there was approximately 20,000 birds flying around . Hopefully this is just a sample and I get chance to return and capture it properly.  Watch this space 

 

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49 minutes ago, Winsford Soul said:

Starlings starting to gather for a mermuration.  Unfortunately it was too dark for recording when there was approximately 20,000 birds flying around . Hopefully this is just a sample and I get chance to return and capture it properly.  Watch this space 

 

Is this at Pennington Flash Steve?

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1 hour ago, Soulandy said:

Is this at Pennington Flash Steve?

No mate. Marbury Park. Called this afternoon to see the 2 bittern .Unfortunately  it was almost dark when the starlings turned up and then it was to dark to see the bittern catching them. Going back on Thursday afternoon as the weather is forecast good 👍 

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On 10/11/2020 at 19:19, Amsterdam Russ said:

Haha - I wondered whether I’d posted a nearly identical pic before; same situation, same balcony location, and probably same time of year.
 

I know now that I did, because I recall now that you mentioned Saving Grace then as well! Still not seen the film, though. ☹️
 

It was up on YouTube for a while, your memory has similar holes in it to mine.  It's worth a watch, if you get the opportunity.

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54 minutes ago, Tattoodave said:

It's worth a watch, if you get the opportunity.

I made a point of getting it, so it's lined up to watch one evening very soon. 👍

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A cork oak in Central Spain with alien looking fruit created by an oak gall wasp, which can be used to make ink, though it's probably easier to buy ink elsewhere.

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34 minutes ago, Tattoodave said:

A cork oak in Central Spain with alien looking fruit created by an oak gall wasp, which can be used to make ink, though it's probably easier to buy ink elsewhere.

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Dave. My old junior school field boundary was a ditch with plenty of oak trees and climbing them was always a discovery,  acorns,  oak apples with the hole in them made by the oak gall wasp. My god that was 55 years ago. 

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16 minutes ago, Winsford Soul said:

Dave. My old junior school field boundary was a ditch with plenty of oak trees and climbing them was always a discovery,  acorns,  oak apples with the hole in them made by the oak gall wasp. My god that was 55 years ago. 

But did you know that there's a wasp that actually preys on the larvae of the oak gall wasp by laying it's egg in the gall to eat the larvae when it hatches?  Nature is fascinating, but sometimes not that pleasant.

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11 minutes ago, Tattoodave said:

But did you know that there's a wasp that actually preys on the larvae of the oak gall wasp by laying it's egg in the gall to eat the larvae when it hatches?  Nature is fascinating, but sometimes not that pleasant.

Not until recently.  It was on a natural history program earlier this year.  Cant remember what one though.  Could have been springwatch mate

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Forgot to post this from my recent visit to Marbury Park just a mile North of Northwich. Cheshire. Just a small amount of the approximately 20000 Starlings that where coming into roost in the reedbed at the western end of the mere

 

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On 12/11/2020 at 07:58, Tattoodave said:

It was up on YouTube for a while, your memory has similar holes in it to mine.  It's worth a watch, if you get the opportunity.

If did . Not seen Dave or recall seeing . Felt compelled to post looking at him . Little Centurion . That put a lisp to my vocaaablurry 

.Cant think why . Whome I thhhhinking about .

 

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Couldn't place as one of my best . Though is an interesting picture . Taken by Ribble line . Power line post . Been used as scratch post . By Cattle . Assume relieved from Horse Flies .

I though was Bears that did this . For sure the amount of wear . Subject to power cut at  nearby Sewage Works . If it goes over at some point . 

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1 hour ago, Soulfulmerlin said:

Couldn't place as one of my best . Though is an interesting picture . Taken by Ribble line . Power line post . Been used as scratch post . By Cattle . Assume relieved from Horse Flies .

I though was Bears that did this . For sure the amount of wear . Subject to power cut at  nearby Sewage Works . If it goes over at some point . 

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With all the rain it could have been a beaver.

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37 minutes ago, Greedy Mick said:

Found this butterfly hiding inside one of the storage containers at work was moving the box carefully when it opened its wings. 

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Peacock butterfly Mick. They tough to overwinter in semi hibernation then as soon as it warms up they wake up looking for nectar,  before they lay there eggs.  

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Well I put it back into the container, tucked away so hopefully it will be ok. It was just a beautiful thing to see on a grey November lockdown day 

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20 hours ago, Greedy Mick said:

Found this butterfly hiding inside one of the storage containers at work was moving the box carefully when it opened its wings. 

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I would have shit myself, 😂🤣😂🤣 looks massive - great pic 

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First time out on the bike today since July, and only the fourth time this year. Didn't go very far, but I'm knackered.

Still, it was worth it. The light became nicely golden as the afternoon drew to a close, and I managed to get a few pics into the bargain.

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Kestrel

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Autumnal berries (name, please)

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Moss growing on a bench made from part of a tree trunk

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Grasses/wild flowers (name, please) - nicely backlit against a dark background

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Nicely lit reeds against a backdrop of industrial greenhouses

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One of three windmills on our little 'borough'. This one's Molen de zwarte ruiter (Windmill the black rider)

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27 minutes ago, Amsterdam Russ said:

First time out on the bike today since July, and only the fourth time this year. Didn't go very far, but I'm knackered.

Still, it was worth it. The light became nicely golden as the afternoon drew to a close, and I managed to get a few pics into the bargain.

Magpie

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Kestrel

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Autumnal berries (name, please)

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Moss growing on a bench made from part of a tree trunk

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Grasses/wild flowers (name, please) - nicely backlit against a dark background

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Nicely lit reeds against a backdrop of industrial greenhouses

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One of three windmills on our little 'borough'. This one's Molen de zwarte ruiter (Windmill the black rider)

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Great pictures  Russell.  The berries look like Hawthorn berries,  but not a expert. Tattoo Dave  is the man. 

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34 minutes ago, Winsford Soul said:

Great pictures  Russell.  The berries look like Hawthorn berries,  but not a expert. Tattoo Dave  is the man.

Thank you kindly. Not much in the way of birds. I did bump into a local birdwatcher who told me (in Dutch) that he'd seen snipe, woodcock, owls and more. I didn't, so must be looking in the wrong places. Next time, maybe!

Hawthorn - I'll take your word for it unless told otherwise by our resident expert.

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5 minutes ago, Amsterdam Russ said:

Thank you kindly. Not much in the way of birds. I did bump into a local birdwatcher who told me (in Dutch) that he'd seen snipe, woodcock, owls and more. I didn't, so must be looking in the wrong places. Next time, maybe!

Hawthorn - I'll take your word for it unless told otherwise by our resident expert.

Thanks Russell.  Snipe and Woodcock.  You can almost stand on them before they move and when they do, if you're not expecting anything they frighten the life out of you . Supreme camouflage.  

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57 minutes ago, Winsford Soul said:

Great pictures  Russell.  The berries look like Hawthorn berries,  but not a expert. Tattoo Dave  is the man. 

It's a crab apple (Malus), wouldn't know the variety though, might be "Evereste", there's plenty of varieties.  The grass is difficult to identify too, as I'm not sure it's a grass, this time of year there's a plethora of plants in seed that have lost their leaves, rendering identification difficult without actually examining them.

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It's a crab apple (Malus), wouldn't know the variety though, there's plenty of them.  The grass is difficult to identify too, as I'm not sure it's a grass, this time of year there's a plethora of plants in seed that have lost their leaves, rendering identification difficult without actually examining them.

Dave. They look tiny for crab apples ,is it a particular type hence the ( malus ) in brackets 🤔.  

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12 minutes ago, Winsford Soul said:

Dave. They look tiny for crab apples ,is it a particular type hence the ( malus ) in brackets 🤔.  

Malus is the scientific name of all apples, wild crab apples are about 1/3 size of apples, the cultivated varieties have tiny fruit, usually in profusion.  I'm amazed at the variety available, I'm collecting fruit at the moment to grow as small bonsai from seed.

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7 hours ago, Amsterdam Russ said:

Scotland is the focus of a fine selection of photos sent in to BBC News for the week 20-27 November.

Here's one of the pics:

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Source: BBC News / © Morag Allen

Click the link below to see all the photos:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-55042969

 

Russell. Thanks for sharing. Two really stand out for me . The one above and the reflection from Loch Oich on the road from Skye 

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Tonight's Sunset over Lunt Meadow nature reserve. Its only just now i have downloaded the picture i  noticed 100,s possibly 1000,s of Jackdaws or Rooks flying across the top of the photograph

 

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Not had any pictures just lately but had the trail cam out for a couple of nites at the badger sett. This entrance is about 10 feet below the top entrance and just started being used by the three badgers these past couple of weeks. The "lights" are leafs being reflected from the cam. I think I'll have to trim them next time

 

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35 minutes ago, Soulandy said:

Not had any pictures just lately but had the trail cam out for a couple of nites at the badger sett. This entrance is about 10 feet below the top entrance and just started being used by the three badgers these past couple of weeks. The "lights" are leafs being reflected from the cam. I think I'll have to trim them next time

 

 

Brilliant mate.  Well chuffed for you and  your hard work in getting it sorted 

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15 minutes ago, Winsford Soul said:

Brilliant mate.  Well chuffed for you and  your hard work in getting it sorted 

Cheers Steve. I really want to see if the foxes come back "next door" as they were sharing the same area in the spring but didn't have the cam then. Now the foliage is going it may be better to get a bit more of the area. I've seen a couple of places along the river that may be interesting more into the winter to see what goes on there 👍

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Going through some old memorabilia and I found my Casino membership Card and the Keele original from the very first night when Neil and Jacqui Clowes were the promoters 

 

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21 minutes ago, Winsford Soul said:

Going through some old memorabilia and I found my Casino membership Card and the Keele original from the very first night when Neil and Jacqui Clowes were the promoters 

 

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Still got my Keele card along with various others but my Casino card went awol years ago along with some records 😞

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