Happily Ever After

Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running

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Lurking in the Woods - Part 2

by admin - 22:34 on 30 July 2011

As garden wildlife continues to play hard to get, today I took a wander into our neighbouring woodland to find out if the wrens were still there. They were, and I got a couple of blurry shots to prove it.

So an hour later I returned properly equipped – with a monopod and a cat.

I hadn't intended to take a feline assistant, but Bess, eager for a stroll, followed when she saw me leave. This turned out to be very handy.

Wren 4

All was quiet, even when we reached the wrens' territory, until a few metallic chirps indicated they'd seen me. Then they saw Bess...

She ambled around, oblivious, not connecting her presence to the growing clamour from several anxious and indignant wrens who flitted from bush to branch and back while keeping an eye on our activities.

Wren 5

One in particular was determined not to let the intruders out of his sight and stalked us from a safe distance even after we turned for home. He probably returned to the nest to boast about how he'd seen us off,

Lots of snaps were taken, but after I'd weeded out the blurry ones, the poor poses and the poorly exposed a disappointingly small number remained. A monopod that's at least two feet shorter than me is of only limited use. Maybe I should add some kneepads to my camera kit.

Wren 3

Of the ones that survived quality control, none will impress the experts. However, I'm happy for now with a couple of them. And there's always another chance tomorrow.

Wren 2

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