I don't often put my art on the Blog, but hey, it's spring, so here's a Kingfisher I did in 2006, which I've been banned from selling, so it's now on the lounge wall.
What a fabulous morning here. Great to be alive.
Yesterdays Greylags flew over the house this time, so at the weekend I'm going to try and hunt down where they are roosting. Presumably at the coast, but where? Plenty of mud out on the Severn but the tides aren't right at the moment. I'm intrigued now.
First e-mail I opened was from a colleague who said skylarks are singing in the Estate she rides to work through; now that is the song of spring! A blackcap was once again singing in Clifton, along with a myriad of other bird song. What is it about a warm sunny morning in February which lifts everyone's hearts? I guess the promise of better days to come, and a bit of warmth on the skin. If the weather holds I'm going to go to the Exe and maybe catch the Avocets before they depart. I'll let you know if I'm successful.
Another thing I noticed today was a Heron being harried by a Herring Gull. I'd been idly watching the Heron flying alongside the M5, when all of a sudden the Herring Gull took off from the fields and the chase began. Sadly as I was driving couldn't watch more closely, but I was amazed at how agile a Heron can be when under attack. Not something I've witnessed before.
Finally next week sees the beginning of the new NHU Radio 4 series World on the Move. Try and catch this if you can, the first programme is on Tuesday 12th Feb at 9pm, presented by Brett Westwood and Phillippa Forrester.
Link to this here. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/worldonthemove/