Earlier in the week I had the pleasure of meeting up with a fellow blogger.
Adrian the self styled old age traveller of Adrian's Images fame, he who keeps us entertained with his dry and witty musings as he wends his way around the country in his camper van accompanied by his faithful sidekicks Alf and Molly, had come to visit 'our patch' for a couple of days.
I'm not going to bore you with the details of what we did or where we went, Adrian tells it much better than I ever could in his blog.
The first day was spent walking around Keith's local lake, Caldecote. And later a photo session with some ornamental ducks on the pond at Adrian's camp site. The evening before Adrian had chatted up and worked his charm on Rosemary the proprietor'ess of the campsite who came and unlocked the gate to the pond and allowed us to go in and take photographs at our leisure . (there was a high electric fence and cage around the pond to keep out the local foxes and other unwelcome visitors!)
Bahama Pintail Silver Bahama Pintail
Marbled Teal Ferruginous Duck
Mr and Mrs Carolina Wood Duck
Day two involved an early start and a visit to Summer Leys reserve in Northamptonshire. Unfortunately the wildfowl on the water were mobile and distant after being disturbed be a group of people using boats to undertake some sort of survey work.
|A distant Shelduck adds some colour to the grey water.|
One highlight of the day was seeing a beautiful pair of Bullfinches as they visited the feeding station and also a paddling cock Pheasant.
|He looked none too happy getting his feet wet!|
|A female Reed Bunting bracing herself against the wind!|
And further on a group of Goldfinch shining in the sunlight as they busily fed on some Teasel heads.
And to round the day off Adrian treated Keith and myself to a meal in the local pub.
Thanks Adrian, it was a pleasure to meet and walk with you, I hope you enjoyed your all too brief visit to our local patch. Perhaps next time you'll be able to stay a bit longer and we can show you more of our local sites, and maybe with some sunshine thrown in for good measure!