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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A Morning With The Birds

by admin - 23:30 on 30 September 2011

My day began early with a visit to the secret squirrel hideout, known only to Squirrel James and myself, somewhere in a Black Isle wood.

No squirrels appeared while I was there, but the coal tits are a great compensation. I'd barely got the top off the container of peanuts I'd brought to top up the feeders when one came to hover nearby, doing a passable impression of a hummingbird. I held out the container and the coal tit swooped, rested briefly on its rim, seized a nut and flew away.

A palmful of nuts was just as big an attraction. Several birds took turns to touch down on my fingers and take a freebie. Great fun.

After a while I settled down with the Pentax, ready to snap anything red, but had to make do with coal tit portraits. I didn't leave too disappointed.

Coal Tit 3

Later in the day an excited text from James today informed me that, as promised, a review of The Bumper Book of Black Isle Snappery has appeared in October's Scots Magazine. I've not had a chance to buy one yet but his reaction suggests that they don't say it's rubbish.

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