Smorgasbord of Wildlife – healing my world.

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Saturday 1366  – 31.05.2014

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On this  Saturday I could have written about how women are still repressed and heavily discriminated against throughout the world. This on the back of what has happened in India with the gang rape and hanging of 2 teenage girls and in Sudan the sentencing to death of a pregnant woman for Apostasy (  supposedly abandoning the Muslim faith. )  Indeed both of these events made me angry and left me with the feeling that for every step towards equality, that women make, there are 2 steps back away from it.

So I instead I was taken back to why I started this blog in the first place and that was to not only write about what I’m thinking but also to encourage me to get out there and experience things on the last 1500 Saturdays of my life ( 1365 left now ! )  

This Saturday 31 May 2014 was spent in the company of my 2 lovely grown-up children Katy and Steven, along with lots of seals and birds.  I’m sure I have said on this blog before how healing I find nature to be and this Saturday was no exception. 

It began on the North Norfolk Coast at Blakeney point which is owned and managed by the National Trust. We visited the 4 mile sand and shingle spit  by boat, to see the seals that inhabit the area and luckily the sun came out for a while which both the humans and the seals enjoyed !.

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This one below is my favourite – contentment or what!

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Oh and these are some of the people watching the seals, who don’t seem to mind one bit with some of them swimming out towards the boats to get a look at the people which seemed only fair !

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On the way home we decided to drive the longer way home down the coast and I said to the kids if either of them saw something and wanted to stop to give me a shout.  Steven did at the RSPB ( Royal Society for the Protection  of Birds) site Titchwell Marsh. To be honest I was a bit tired at this point but had agreed we’d stop so stop we did and thank you Steven we had a great time.. my first time seeing the very elegant Avocets as well as other birds ( and humans – Photos below though it was a very grey afternoon so not all the photos are sharp!  🙂 

Avocets

drops

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Black-headed Gulls ( I love their red legs and beaks)

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The nest of the black- headed gull – in a lagoon with green algae bloom, which I thought rather added to the photo.

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Redshanks.

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Titchwell Marsh leads down to and includes a section of beach and here are some bird watchers with their telescopes down there.  It seems Bird watching is a very serious business of the size of their equipment is anything to go by. !

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 Ended the day tired but de-stressed and very happy. The problems  for women in the world remain but my batteries are now recharged and I feel better able to cope with it.

You can find out more about Titchwell Marsh and the RSPB here >>  http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/t/titchwellmarsh/star_species.aspx  and Blakeney National Nature Reserve here  >> http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blakeney/visitor-information/

If you are feeling stressed ,or overwhelmed with the pace of life , I strongly recommend getting out there and steeping yourself in nature !

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Saturday girl signing off.

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You can find my photography blog Photomania here  and I’m sure there might be some more photos from here over there 🙂

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Red is so much more interesting than Grey!

Carrying an acorn in its mouth

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Saturday 1401  – 23.09.2013.

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Sorry this is a bit late but I’ve been on holiday ( what, again !!! ) in Dorset and I’m just back.

Love the way it hangs on with its feet

_1329This Saturday was spent, with my daughter Katy, in nature heaven on the National Trust Island of Brownsea. The island sits in Poole Harbour on the English South Coast and is known for its red squirrel population.

For my visitors from overseas the red squirrel is a rare creature in Britain but particularly so in England. The decimation of the red squirrel, which is indigenous to Britain, was caused by the introduction of the grey squirrel from America in the late 1800s. The grey squirrel might look the same but it’s larger and it’s feeding habits are different. It eat unripe acorns leaving few for the red squirrel which is only able to eat ripe ones.

The grey variety also carries a virus, the squirrel parapoxvirus, which it seems to be unaffected by but which will often kill the red squirrel.

The upshot of this is that it’s quite difficult to see them in England but on Brownsea there are no grey squirrels so the red is protected.  You cannot access the island before 10 a.m but we eagerly arrived on the first ferry and made our way to an area behind the church, a little off the beaten track, and were lucky to spot a red squirrel almost immediately high up in a tree and we were hooked.

newWe ended up spending much of the rest of the day lying or sitting on an autumn-leafy ground watching for the squirrels to come down to the forest floor to pick up mostly acorns..

We were richly rewarded for our patience and so enjoyed watching the squirrels race around overhead and up and down tree trunks and believe me they hardly stay still for a moment…

As I have said before I think nature is a great stress buster and for me is an essential antidote to my job as a social worker and my life as a social commentator and campaigner for justice. 

The photos you see here are my best shots of this illusive creature, taken in very dull conditions under an oak canopy. Hardest thing I’ve ever tried to photograph but the most rewarding I think.. The photo at the top of this post is my favourite with the top 3 being of that same squirrel .. note the very different colouring and how much thinner the tail is on this other squirrel below.

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If you ever get a chance to visit Brownsea island Autumn is by far the best time when the squirrels, of which there are about 200 on the island, are busy gathering nuts to store for the winter.

I enjoyed sharing our day of blissful happiness with you, thanks for letting me 🙂

Saturday girl signing off, see you very soon.

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You can find my photography blog Photomania here 

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