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Bird weekly – Photo challenge – Birds from the last 2 weeks

The topic for this weeks bird weekly photo challenge is birds that I have seen during the last two weeks. I have tried my best to snap as many photographs of the birds I have seen during the past 2 weeks. Some have eluded me but I hope you enjoy the ones that I managed to get.

Canada goose
Duck
Chiffchaff
wood pigeon
Collared Dove
Shelduck
Redshank
Chicken
More ducks
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Quiet weekend walk

This weekends walk for Jo’s Monday Walks was not an exceptionally long walk or with lots of things to see and do but it was a peaceful walk with not many people around so it was nice. This is another of our favourite walks to do with Charlie dog as he loves just how open it is.

It was our first trip in a good while to RSPB Hesketh Out Marsh and below are just some of the photographs taken as we walked.

Here is also a little video of some of Charlie dog walk that I posted on facebook.

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April Scavenger Hunt – Farm

This is Astrid’s first month taking over the scavenger hunt an to start us off this week the topic is farm.

I do love a trip to the area that is actually surrounding our caravan as although it is not actually that far away (an hours drive away at the most) it is surrounded by farms and nature reserves which is so different from our actually home which is a city suburb. Below are some of the photographs of the surrounding farms.

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Are you Square? – A bright light

This month Becky’s theme is bright and with lockdown regulations in the UK being relaxed ever so slightly on Monday maybe this picture is ever so fitting in that we are starting to see the bright light at the end of the tunnel. I love this photograph taken on a walk down the Liverpool loopline, an old railway line that has now been converted into a multi-use path for cyclists and walkers alike.

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Are you Square? – Bright statue

This month Becky’s theme is bright so how could I leave this statue out with all of those bright coloured stones. This is the Liverpool mountain that I have plucked out of my archive photographs and it is found in Liverpool’s Royal Albert Dock. It was created by Ugo Rondinone who was inspired by naturally occurring Hoodoos and the art of meditative rock balancing and is 10 metres high.

You cannot get the true size of it in this photograph but I was on my own the day I took this photograph as Mr H was at work, maybe on our next visit to Royal Albert Dock I will either stand beside it or get Mr H to stand beside it so you get an idea of how big it actually is. I still can’t quite get used to calling the Albert Dock Royal Albert Dock as it has just been given royal status (it is a fabulous place with lots of things to visit and I don’t think I have done a proper blog about it so maybe that will be an idea for the future, it is one of those places that you find you don’t visit enough when you live in the city).

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Easter weekend walk

Todays blog is a summary of our Easter Sunday walk, I have posted about this place on numerous occasions but it is definitely our favourite woodland walk and with lockdown easing and being able to move around a little bit more it was time to take the opportunity to get back there. So todays blog will also bring in a few blogging challenges that I like to do and these are for Jo’s Monday Walk, Cee’s flower of the day and also Becky’s are you square? – bright squares.

A lot of my squares today are actually contributing to my bright squares for today from all of the bright blue skies to the bright reflections on the lake.

On leaving the car and deciding which direction we would start our walk this little bird was the first thing I saw flying up from the ground into the trees. It took a while to get this photograph as it kept flitting from branch to branch and it was quite difficult to find it camouflaged into the branches. Neither Mr H or I actually knew what it was when we first saw it but we now think that it is a chiffchaff.

The next two photographs are for for my flower of the day as I could not resist taking a photograph of the willow, its latin name in Salix caprea but it is known as a goat willow, pussy willow or a great sallow.

I couldn’t resist taking a close up of some of the catkins before carrying on our walk as they just looked so fabulous against that bright blue sky.

As we carried on our walk this tree trunk stump just needed to have its photograph taken. It always amazes me when they have gaps at the bottom of the trunk I am not sure how well you can see it. It always makes me wonder how it has been made.

Our next stop that we took photographs was the lake, this is always one of my favourite places to take photographs as every time you go it looks so different. As we walked around towards the lake we heard a couple of geese flying overhead heading for the lake. It was lovely to be able to actually see them both from the actual viewing platform as we walked around. With one of them standing on its tree trunk island preening itself in the sunshine while the other was on the lake. Although there were some ducks and a moorhen they were at the other side of the lake.

How fabulous does it look? Its looks like it was really sunny and warm but actually it is very deceiving as it was quite chilly. But just look at the reflections of the trees in the Lake it really didn’t matter how chilly it was as it was just a fabulous sight.

Charlie is also enjoying his surroundings although luckily enough the ducks had stayed away as Charlie really does not like being around the ducks (not sure why as there have always been ducks around the caravan.

As we made our way back to the car eventually I spotted this little duck just wandering back to the small lake by the visitor centre.

I didn’t actually realise until writing this that actually the majority of the photograph that I took were around the lake but Mr H did actually take a little video and he has posted it on his facebook group, so here is the link if you fancy having a little look and even listen to all of the birds that are in the background they were definitely very vocal. Plus there is also a very short video clip on this blogs facebook page that I managed to get of M H and Charlie dog and here is the link to that.