2015

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I had taken a walk around the grounds earlier, but around 19:45 I returned with my camera as I wanted evidence of what surely must have been the presence of an otter. This is what I had seen earlier, a good sized fish with its throat missing. I decided I needed a second view just to gi... read more
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The signet that has been with us for about a week now seems to have been adopted by the geese. It is almost always within a few yards of them as if it feels they are its parents. The geese don't seem at all disturbed its proximity. I can't imagine that they will nest this year, it seems far... read more
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It was just after 12:20 when I was out in the sun staring into the water and saw a pike. It must have been around 8" long. I know anglers always judge fish by weight, but I'm not an angler, so you'll always find me reporting length Over the next minute in moved slowly forward in t... read more
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This month there are four "Lake Views", taken at very roughly weekly intervals. The first image from 7 April was taken just before 08:10 and it looks very similar to that taken last week . Even the dinghy is in an almost identical position. The only difference seems to be the wind... read more
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I drew the curtains this morning to see a range of waterfowl. We still have our pair of geese with us, but this morning there was more to see. Grabbing the camera I first captured a pair of Canada geese and a lone swan. Dropping the camera angle I found three ... read more
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Looking back I see I didn't take a version of this first image last year. The closest I got was taken on 11 April and concentrated more on the Daffodils in the Foreground than the cottages further way. Although there is a close replica of this year's shot taken on 1 April 2013 and another on ... read more
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It was soon after getting up this morning that I spotted a hen pheasant. What made it unusual was that it had approached the edge of the lake and almost appeared to be about to act like a Kingfisher and dive in. Perhaps it was just intrigued by its own reflection? read more
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The last time I had taken a wander round the grounds with my camera was Sunday 1 February. Today was another bright day and this time I was to concentrate on seeing the how much of the trees and shrubs had succumbed to the wind over winter and what had been done... read more
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I took five images from the bedroom window this month. It will seem to some that if it was sunny then I took a picture. In truth, I can't remember what the weather was like in the days between. All the images are remarkably similar. The first was taken on 1st of the month shortly after 09:10 ... read more
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On 15 February I reported on the duck house being in use. Well, here we go again! It was just after 15:10 when I managed to capture this pair of mallard making use of the Duck house. I suspect it is the same pair that we saw before and, as before, it was only the ramp outside that was in use! ... read more
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At school I was taught in Geography lessons that our prevailing winds come from the South West. Since moving to Ruston House, I say they are from the north. What I really mean is that and dead reed and weed that gets into the lake often ends up in the bay behind Ruston House. Once there it will ... read more
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It seems that no matter how careful you are when clearing the banks of reed and other vegetation, it will always find its way into the lake, sometimes weeks after the work is done. Here were a a photo taken at just after 09:00. And now at around 13:15! Where does it come from? Well,... read more
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I would like to say that I'm continuing the habit I started last month, but that's not really the case as I've only taken three of my standard "from the bedroom" images and the latter two were taken within two days of each other. The last of the January photographs, taken on 29th, s... read more
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This week the "Green Team" have been clearing vegetation from the banks of the lake. They started work beyond the bridge. Today, by midday, they had completed almost all the western bank. The work is needed to ensure that alder saplings and other trees are kept clear of the water. T... read more
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Opening the curtains this morning it was to see the duck house in use. Perhaps not "in use" so much as taken advantage of or being inspected. I'm never sure if I do want ducks to nest in it. It would seem so unnatural. To me it looks much more the size of a kennel than somewhere t... read more
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I've been talking with my neighbour whose lived in his cottage for almost 50 years and says he doesn't recall ever seeing the dykes as low as they are at the moment. He reckons it's because "they" have opened sluices a little way down river in order to flood the fields. I'm not sure if... read more
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Yes, It's just a pair of swans! They were seen behind the house at around 13:40. There's nothing much remarkable in that other than it reminds me of the estate agents brochure that we were given before buying the house. Although we first came to view the house in October 2012, the photos in... read more
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It was just after 08:30 when I looked out of the window to take my regular "Lake View". The snow of a couple of days ago had gone and it was sunny, but with dark clouds to the west. One of the advantages of having had so much of the island cleared is that you can now see to the penins... read more
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In what may become a habit, I've saved up all my photographs of the lake taken from our bedroom window for the month and am putting them in one post. I figure that makes them easy to compare. It was on Saturday the 11th, just before 08:40, that I took the first of the pictures this year. It w... read more
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It was just before 15:00 that I saw a Woodpecker - but it wasn't pecking wood. Standing on the edge of a mole hill it seemed to be digging deep into a hole in the surrounding grass. It seems it's not unusual to see a woodpecker behaving in this way, but up till now I'd only seen them in trees... read more
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This morning was bright but chilly and the lake was frozen. The "Green Team" arrived to continue with with the business of trying to remove the remains of the fishing stands from the water. Having removed most of the platforms earlier in the week, the plan for this morning was to remov... read more
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It was around 14:00 when I noticed that an adult male swan was now cruising the lake and I managed to take this photo as it came through from the cottages side as the geese were inspecting the Duck House. The geese seem more interested in the Duck House this year . Whether that has anything... read more
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Shortly before 11:00 I noticed a lone swan on the lake. As it came closer I saw that it had the rather grey bill of the cygnet that we last saw in November . However, this time it was on its own - if, indeed, it is the same bird that we saw then as that one appeared paired. The water l... read more
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It wasn't the best of days to walk round the grounds, but today I did go to the far corner of the site and took a photograph looking along the length of the peninsula. Since the summer the reed has been cut back along the edge of the peninsula, so you can now see the water and the island beyond... read more
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One of the effects of having cut all the reed down around the edge of the island is that now, not only can see see easily all the way across to the peninsula beyond, but also that the geese seem to use it. this morning one was seen inspecting the "Duck House". One of the things we... read more
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