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

Earlier posts can be found on Adventures of a Lone Bass Player, where this blog began life. Recent entries can be found here.


Snappy New Year

by admin - 15:11 on 01 January 2013

The new year began with another attempt to snap a few crested tits, this time in the company of Squirrel James who was desperate to leave behind the drink-sozzled survivors of last night's Hogmanay celebrations at Chez Squirrel.

Rubber boots were de rigueur in a forest left sodden by recent rain, but we were lucky in that no more than a few spots fell during the ninety minutes we braved the cold and damp.

Coal tits were in abundance but cresties were there too, briefly in picturesque poses. Two survived quality control, though I'll hope for sharper images as the year progresses.

Crested Tit 5

Crested Tit 4

James's trained squirrel also made several appearances during which he cached at least half a pound of hazelnuts.

Red Squirrel 7

The final snap is my last one of 2012 – a blue tit seen through That Bloody Window. The Rural Retreat's birds have been shamefully neglected since the new feline residents came to stay so I intend to take more notice of them in the future.

Blue Tit 11

Proof that drama doesn't just happen in the wild was provided this morning when an instant disappearance of feeding birds drew my attention through the window and towards the sparrowhawk (I think) lurking beneath the hedge. It flew away, grasping an unfortunate victim in its talons, before I had a chance to turn the Pentax on it.

Comment from James at 16:52 on 01 January 2013.
Welcome back, photography has missed you...

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