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February 23, 2013  •  2 Comments

 

Ian says…..   It’s been a while since the last blog – it’s not that we haven’t been out – it’s just that we haven’t done much photography ! After a short spell of being kept in due to a flu type virus we have been recuperating at our caravan in south Cumbria and have been mooching around up there. We have spent some time watching the Otters on the River Lune and also at a previous Otter venue - Lake Windermere (although not the same stretch) An afternoon at Leighton Moss R.S.P.B. gave us views of the Marsh Harriers and we saw a single Hawfinch on our visit to Sizergh castle. We have checked several Adder sites but with nothing to show- still a bit cold for them to emerge from their hibernaculas. Last year I did very little badger watching and this year I hope to do a lot more, so several visits to a couple of badger setts to check on usage and to tidy up some of the fallen trees that would have hindered photography. Last year I only saw 5 badgers at my favorite location  ( the least there has been in the 15 or so years I have been watching this site - many years ago I saw 17 out together ) but there does look to be plenty of activity in the area so hopefully all 5 are still there and maybe some new cubs this time … 

Pauline say's ... We've been trolling about lacking in energy and inspiration ... sightings and seeing stuff has been reasonable: my best otter viewing was the Windermere 'big dog' I stayed where I was close to a tree and ended up with the otter a mere 50/60ft in front of me! I didn't try for photos as there was no clear view thro' the reeds - the otter was diving up and down under the matted vegetation at the waters edge - he hadn't a clue I was so close - and I could have crept closer but it would have frightened him and possibly wrecked any future encounter in the same area so I settled for watching - enthralled! Finding ourselves in Grange over Sands we had a wander around the ornamental lake which led to a rash few shots of 'foreign' ducks!! (Desperate?!) One of the wigeon was actually free-flying but the two Ian photographed and the Carolina Wood Ducks and Manadarins are all 'one-wing-tip' birds ....


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3.Joan Disley(non-registered)
What stunning photos the otters and the ducks, I love the Mandarin duck what a little beaut!
1.www.shallcross-images.co.uk
Superb images from you both,(not a surprise though) Ian I have enjoyed reading your "blog" why not post daily if you have time!!!
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