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#30DaysWild – Day 12 – Woodland relaxation

I found a lush green patch of woodland, far from any other human being. I stood and listened, embracing the bliss that followed.

The songs of birds surrounded me – a chiffchaff’s rhythmic beat, the trill of a wren, the deeper melody of blackbirds.

The breeze shifted through the leaves, like waves on a beach. I felt the air move over my skin and through my hair.

Every sight, sound and sensation was perfect for relaxation!

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#30DaysWild – Day 10 – Watched and listened to the birds!

I took a slow meander along the canal local to me. I took my time and watched the swallows glide just above the surface of the water avoiding the cute fluffy ducklings following their mum down stream. I listened to the blackbirds, wrens and chiffchaffs. Further along I saw 2 herons flying in the distance,while a flock a long-tailed tits passed on long the hedgerow beside me.

I caught some of this as a video and as photographs, so I could share my blissful wild walk with you here.

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Australian encounters: Magpies and Butchers birds

On my holiday to Australia in February, I had the good fortune to be able to photograph many different species of wildlife. The colourful and often noisy birds, cute mammals, fascinating lizards and the many species of gorgeous insects I encountered will, I hope, all be blogged about in the near future.

The focus of this blog is of Australian Magpie and Pied Butcher Birds. They are more monochromatic than some of Australia’s other birds, but what they lack in colour they make up for in character!

The photos I want to share with you are of two families of Australian magpies and butcher birds. The first six photos are of the families, but the last two photos are the juveniles being playful. To my amusement the juvenile magpie rolled on its back while a juvenile butcher bird tugged on its tail! The tussle went on for a few minutes before the magpie stood up, face to face with the young butcher bird. Moments later both families went on the merry way.

There are so many incredible species to be found in Australia, something I discovered on my first visit. Colourful parrots, iconic kookaburras, fancy pigeons among many others. Those are memorable for their beauty but when it comes to songs, there is nothing more soft and fluting as that of the butcher bird, that is recorded in the video at the end of this blog.

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#30DaysWild – Day 2 – Birds

Today, for me, was all about birds and their song! I spent most of my day out in a nature reserve watching and listening to birds. My kind of heaven!

I caught a couple of seconds of video of a chiffchaff and a sedge warbler singing their hearts out, and an indecisive willow warbler who kept switching between preening and singing!

 

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#30DaysWild – Day 7 – Mesmerised by a Sedge Warbler!

First thing this morning, I took a nice stroll into a lovely little nature reserve near where I live. As it was a cool morning so there wasn’t much insect life out and about, but the birds were very lively and full of song!

I stood and watched this lovely Sedge Warbler singing it’s heart out for quite some time. Not only was it mesmerising but it was the best part of my day!

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#30DaysWild – Day 6 – My friend’s garden and lots of happy bees!

Today I went to visiting a friend. She is a passionate gardener and it shows, her garden is beautiful, so full of colour and life.

After a cup of tea and a catch up, we stepped out into the stunning summer garden. There were so many bees, butterflies and bugs! There was one plant in particular that caught my eye – Buxton’s blue geranium. It was covered in 4 different species of bees! There were honey bees as well as carder bees, red-tailed bumblebees and buff-tailed bumblebees!

But it wasn’t just bees, there were mullein moth caterpillars, lots of wolf spiders carrying their silken egg sacks, a holly blue butterfly and a cinnabar.

The whole time we were serenaded by a very loud blackbird!

With great company, the warmth of the sun, some beautiful bird song and watching some lovely bugs … it was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon!

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#30DaysWild day 2 – my commute to work!

My usual commute to work is my 2nd 30 Days Wild. It’s a 8.5 mile cycle through gorgeous countryside.

The crisp green hedges are marked by grand oaks providing shelter for squirrels, rabbits, pheasants and partridges. There are plenty of perches for buzzards and kestrels to survey their surroundings.

It’s a peaceful ride but not a quiet one, as the air was full of bird song – skylark, yellowhammer and chiffchaff were all singing their little hearts out.

I even saw two hares running in the distance across a farmer’s field.

Not a bad start to the day, not bad at all!

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Day 5 #30DaysWild

Stopping at Market Bosworth, I paused to enjoy the little town square. To my delight I saw the Jackdaws searching for scraps of food from between the cobbles, I watched the House Martins and Swifts soar over head and I listened to a Goldfinch song echo off the surrounding buildings.

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Day 1 #30DaysWild

It’s been a bit of a damp start for June where I am, but I’m none the less excited about 30 Days Wild.

I got off to a great start, my first duties at work was to go do a bird survey in the Nature Reserve. So I sat in the rain and listened to the beautiful melodies around me!

I recorded a short audio of the moment, you can hear it below!

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