February, 2013

Wildlife

Wildlife
We're about more than just birds (though obviously we like them a lot).

Notes on nature

We love nature... from every little bug on a blade of grass to birds, butterflies, otters and oaks!
  • Monday's magic moment: splash and dash

    Well, it doesn't look like we're going to see much, if any, sun this week. So I thought I'd bring you a splash of colour for today's Monday moment.

    And what better than a kingfisher! Danny Green snapped this frankly stunning image of a male about to zoom off to a nearby branch for a substantial fish supper. I love the way it appears to be suspended in mid-air, concentrating on holding on to his supper.

    Kingfisher - image by Danny Green (www.rspb-images.com)

    Has anyone else seen a splash of colour to brighten up your Monday?

    This image is one of thousands of stunning nature images from RSPB Images - take a look and find something to wow, inspire and amaze.

  • Who needs penguins when we've got razorbills?

    I loved watching the penguins on BBC One last week, and the inventive use of penguin-shaped cameras to get close-up as never before.

    (Who can resist penguins?)

    In the same week, it was shocking to read more details about the pollution incident on our own south coast and the seabirds which were affected.

    The birds which were found washed up on our shores were mostly guillemots, with smaller numbers of razorbills. They're both members of the auk family - which is as close as we get to penguins in the northern hemisphere - which lay their eggs in precarious cliff locations around our rocky northern and western coasts.

    Here's a fabulous video of a razorbill in action. It's rare to see this behaviour because usually, they just don't do it where we can see it! After the breeding season, guillemots and razorbills head out far out to sea to spend the winter months bobbing around on the ocean wave.

    This bird was filmed in Florida after weather conditions pushed lots of razorbills close to shore (the same species breed along the Atlantic coast of North America too).

    Though the birds are pretty ungainly when they're shuffling around on their cliff ledges, or whirring through the air, they have a beautiful turn of speed underwater and their streamlined shape comes into its own.

    Let's show some appreciation for our northern hemisphere penguins!

  • Monday's Magic Moment: everything's just swell!

    For the first time in ages I managed to find time to go for a walk this weekend.

    It was still a little chilly out, but with the sun shining bright and hinting at spring just round the corner, it was great to be outside - I felt invigorated and ready for what this week might throw at me.

    Much like I imagine this surfer feels after riding the (chilly) waves off the coast of Wales at this time of year!

    Surfer at Porth Ceiriad. Photo by Graham Eaton (rspb-images.com)

    This image was brilliantly captured by Graham Eaton - one of the many great photographers on RSPB Images.