Here we go , my last Thursday in lockdown isolation before my return to the real world maybe next week and a chance to spend another day photographing the wildlife in my garden. Or it would have been. It’s been raining all day , persistent and heavy. Ok the camera is waterproof to a level , but my temporary hide and in particular the open patio door isn’t ( including the wife’s cream carpets ) so today’s activities and limited to watching and reflecting on nearly twelve weeks of garden watching.
As I write this blog the wet soggy garden is full of life , Blackbirds , Blue tits , Great tits , Collared doves , Wood Pigeons and a damp Squirrel. The garden has been a really important source os escapism for me. And today is no exception. Maybe the chances of any photography might be limited by the weather , but the enjoyment still hasn’t been dampened. Just goes to show you don’t have to travel miles and payout loads of money to get a wildlife kick.
Undoubtedly Covid 19 has had a deep impact , not only here in the U.K. , but across the whole world. Many life’s have been effected , changed for ever. Sadly many have passed to early , and we will be paying a social and economic cost for years to come. For me personally there has also been an opportunity to rebound with the wildlife around us. If we can take any positivity out of the last few months it’s the effect on the natural world.
Anyway , bringing things back to a lighter subject , here are a few of my favourite back garden lockdown images……..
The Magpie ( Pica pica ) Words and pictures by Peter Hanscomb The Eurasian Magpie , more commonly known as just the Magpie ( Pica pica ) is a member of the crow family and undoubtedly one of the most intelligent and curious of all birds likely to visit our gardens. Magpies are deeply embedded…
The Mole , Talpa euopaea Moles are a regular visitor at the Meadow Hide , we have never seen one which is normal but the evident there , with their distinctive mole hills periodically appearing in the grass path to the hide. The mole is a small mammal that spends most of it’s life underground…
Slow worm , Anguis fragilis With long, smooth, shiny, grey or brown bodies, slow worms look very similar to a small snakes and can grow up to 50cm long. In fact the Slow worm is a legless lizard , and are quite harmless to humans. Slow worms like humid conditions and emerge from their hiding…
Pictures are too good, especially of cute squirrel 🐿. Loved the bench setup for her 😀
Wonderful photos. For me, this pandemic has opened my eyes to more important things other that zooming to the next task. While there have been much sadness, I think there has also been a rejuvenation of caring and kindness toward fellow man. Hopefully we will all come out a little better than before.