London Wetlands Centre

Birds of London Wetlands

Watching birds brings me so much peace and joy. Whenever I get to the wetlands, St James Park or Regents Park I’m going to take photos as a way of documenting “what was there”.

Here’s a few more bird pics.

This probably the best wildlife photo that I have taken. I am so pleased with this Robin.

Birds of London Wetlands

Birds of London Wetlands

Birds of London Wetlands

Birds of London Wetlands

Birds of London Wetlands

Birds of London Wetlands

Birds of London Wetlands

Birds of London Wetlands

Birds of London Wetlands

Birds of London Wetlands

A Birthday Treat

Yesterday was my birthday, which I don’t normally celebrate. However, this year was different. My cousins L and G wanted to celebrate it with me, and I felt it was important to let them love me in this way.

We went to the London Wetlands Center, probably my favourite place in London. Here are just a few photos from the day out.

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A Good Day For My Mental Health

It feels like my mental health has been quite challenging recently. The paranoid thoughts and feelings have been a struggle, although shifting from intense paranoia, which is terror and panic, down to self obsession, which is accompanied by anxiety, has been a blessing.

Today has been better still. A day of relative comfort, peace and some joy, with a bit of anxiety in the mix.

I followed my morning routine, which includes my embroidery (the butterfly is beggining to pull together), and then I went to St James Park.

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The amazing thing is that I have to wear these hideous hospital boots to protect the pressure sores on my feet, and the park was packed, and I was fine.

I took my Olympus OMD EM10 MK iii, with the Mzuiko 60mm f2.8 macro. I’ve come away with 3 photos that I like of a pochard, a red crested pochard, and my favourite was of the female red crested pochard. Very sublime and no red crest. I can’t post those as yet as my computers not up and running.

The wind was blowing petals and other bits of plants and trees, sorry I don’t know the name of these “other bits”. They kept getting stuck in my throat and causing me to cough. Here’s one of the little blighters.

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It’s nice to have good days.

Wishing you all peace and joy.

Gannets Triptych And A Composite Photo Of A Kestral

Triptych of a Gannet in-flight
A photographic triptych of a Gannet landing on the cliffs at RSPB Brampton Cliffs
A photographic triptych of a Gannet landing on the cliffs at RSPB Brampton Cliffs
Triptych of a Gannet in-flight
Photographic triptych of a Gannet Flying along the cliff tops, with a Say in the Background at RSPB Bempton Cliffs
Photographic triptych of Gannett's training each other
This is a photographic triptych of a pair of Gannett’s training each other at RSPB Bempton Cliffs
A composite photo of a kestrel in flight.
A composite photo of a kestrel in flight.

 

My Recent Trip To RSPB Bempton Cliffs

A photo of a Northern Gannet at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshire.

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Northern Gannet

The Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) is one of my favorite sea birds. It has a beautiful blue eye which us set against a pastel yellow nape. They nest in large colonies and are very territorial. Gannets mate for life and return to the same nest year after year.

A photo of a Northern Gannet at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshire.

A photo of a Northern Gannet at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshire.

A photo of a Northern Gannet at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshire.

A photo of a Northern Gannet at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshire.

A photo of a Northern Gannet at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshire.

A photo of a Northern Gannet at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshire.

A photo of a Northern Gannet at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshire.

A photo of a Northern Gannet at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshire.

 

Guillemot

The Common Guillemot (Uria aalge) is a member of the Auk family. It spends most of its life at sea and the only time that you will find ut on the land is when it is breeding. These birds are very pretty to look at despite being quite plain in appearance.

A photo of a Common Guillemot at RSPB Bempton Cliffs in North Yorkshire

Puffin

The Puffin (Fratercula arctica) is one of the most beautiful sea birds, and one that brings the crowds to RSPB Bempton Cliffs. It has an unusually shaped beak, which is has bright orange streaks and has saw like mandibles. The serrated beak means that the Puffin can catch many sand eels at the same time and they cannot subsequently fall from its jaw.

This is a photo of a Puffin taken at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshure.

Kittywake with chick

I love to see the new chucks sitting upon the nest and being attended to by their parents. This photo is of a family of Kittywakes, and a hungry chick.

A photo of a Kittywake chuck and parent taken at RSPB Bempton Cliffs in North Yorkshire.

Photographers

Some of these people had incredibly large lenses, and I am aware that they cost several thousands of pounds. I was left wondering whether their lenses really made photos any better than what I have taken today? I suspect not, I have a few high quality photos that I am really impressed with.

This is a photo of photographers taking photos of Gannets at RSPB Bempton Cliffs on North Yorkshure.