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A Grey Day at Willen Lake

Mute Swan - Willen Lake
Mute Swan - Willen Lake
As you may recall one of the top 5 birding locations in Milton Keynes is Willen lake (well according to my post), and while it has not been producing like it used to, a combination of more people, more water sports on the south lake, less monitoring and a sodding great road through the middle, it does sometimes turn up the odd good local bird, and it was a long staying (around a week so far) Slavonian Grebe that I went there to see and attempt to photograph.

Milton Keynes Green Party

Milton Keynes Green Party
Milton Keynes Green Party
As regular readers will know I recently Nailed my Colours to the Mast in favour of the Green Party for the 2015 General Election in the United Kingdom, but I thought I should do more to show my support and raise awareness, in fact I hope to add more and more support to the green party and more posts for them over the coming months, especially locally, and supporting my local candidates as the time nears for the 2015 general elections in May, (yup the blog does seem to have taken a slightly more political turn recently, sorry but I guess I've decided to use my voice as more than just a vehicle to showcase my wildlife photos, but don't worry there will still be plenty of that too, but do please try and read these more politically motivated posts, you never know it might change your mind on some things after all the Green party are NOT just a single issue party). And so I thought I would start today and promote the Milton Keynes Green Party a little in this post.

Sunday Morning Seawatch

Adult Yellow-Legged Gull - Margate, Kent
Adult Yellow-Legged Gull - Margate, Kent
Another post from my weekend visit to Margate, this time, my dad and I managed to slip out in the morning for an hour, here we mainly looked at the sea around Joss Bay, but also managed a few mins looking at some gulls (not my favourite subject) including the only photo of any worth from the day, that you can see as the title picture (click on it for a larger version). Anyway on with the tale.


Photo of the Week #22

Photo of the Week #22

Brent Geese in Flight

Photo of the week #22 is a photo from yesterdays post A Mornings Birding in North Kent and is of 5 Brent Geese in flight, I'm not sure it is done justice this small, I printed off an A4 copy and it just looks stunning (thinking of putting it on a nice big aluminium print at some point to really highlight the greys).

A Mornings Birding in North Kent

A Mornings Birding in North Kent
A Mornings Birding in North Kent
We (Zoe, Bo and I) have just returned from a flying visit to my old man (Bo Beolens AKA The Fatbirder) in Margate, Kent. It is always great to go down for a visit, we always have a good laugh with him and Maggie and Bo (Jnr) has been desperate to see her "Nana and Granddad" for months now (time has not been on our side this year), so we decided that a weekend visit was in order (on a personal level it's great spend some time out and about doing some birding with my dad), and it is the later that we found ourselves doing Saturday morning having left the girls at home, he and I headed out for a quick look around a few local (to him) sites that may hold an interesting bird or two.

Berghaus AQ2 Waterproof Jacket - Review

I've owned a North face 3 in 1 jacket for a number of years but I can no longer get the thing to remain waterproof (I've tried several types of waterproofing) and so it was recently time to buy a new one and Go Outdoors had a sale on recently so I quickly headed there (I love Go Outdoors, the naturalist in me loves searching all the outdoor gear and the kid in me loves the camping stuff), after searching through a few coats I spotted a Berghaus AQ2 green jacket for a real bargain price (I guess it was the end of the line) and so I bought it without hesitation, a few weeks and a huge amount of rain later and here is my review of the Berghaus AQ2 Waterproof Jacket.