None of the accompanying photos are from this week, or even Newland's Farm - so are purely for effect; having been taken in years gone by - when birding was a bigger influence on my life than it is today.
|Benno - 1990 - Kilchurn Bay has a lot to answer for!|
|Live bait from the Grand Union Canal|
Benno; aged 6.
An apprenticeship which has resulted in a young boy evolving into a
fully fledged "big fish" angler - "That's my boy!"
|Benno was always on a "hiding to nothing" - even at the age of 6 he was on the sauce!|
Having Les "Cuddly" Dudley, the two Mitchleks and Sye & me, as tutors - he should really be
a statistic on the "care in the community" register!
|Benno learning the ropes on Startops Res. Tring. (1992)|
|A relatively common insect in Turkey (?) - I haven't got a scooby as to what it is!|
A blue and black wasp - fascinating.
|Clouded Yellow - a butterfly with which I am familiar. |
I can't be over confident with my id, as there are many similar insects within the region.
I still enjoyed the encounter.
|My best guess is that it is a "Conehead Grasshopper" - it matters not a jot!|
The pleasure came from the sighting; not being able to put a label on it.
|Red-veined Darter - how dirty does the camera sensor need to get?|
|Back within my "comfort zone" - Even in Turkey juvenile Red-backed Shrikes |
look like (Kent) juvenile Red-backed Shrikes
|Always a nice distraction whilst awaiting a bite from the pike of the RMC. |
More often heard, than seen, Water Rail are a very welcome sighting.
|A Rock Pipit in Ramsgate Harbour.|
An example of "A. petrosus" - as to be expected given the location?
|Rock Pipit at Dumpton Gap|
An example of "A. littoralis" Scandinavian Rock Pipit?
|How many guys can claim such an image from their workplace? |
One, of hundreds, of Waxwings that were present around the Fujifilm SIS factory, during the 2010/11 winter
period - this individual taking a drink from the water contained within the lid of a 200 ltr drum inside the yard.
|A 5lbs Chub from the R. Stour - the unique scale pattern making this individual easily|
|The original image - two rod rests marking the outer limits of the frame. With 10.1 million pixels to play with,|
it is an easy job to produce a completely different portrait using photoshop software.
|The other flank of my 18lbs 9oz pike - nothing close to the original image; the glare of the reflected light |
from the flanks of the fish has been manipulated by the wonders of Adobe 7.0
|The opening page of Jim Gibbinson's masterclass. Everything that needs to be said is encapsulated in this quote!|
|Unorthodox use of my back-biters - the superb construction of the reel ensuring it gives line very freely, despite the fact|
that I'd tightened the clutch as much as I dared.
Matt has advertised these reels as being suitable for Barbel, Carp and Pike - I'm unable to argue against this claim.
|I'm not particularly happy with this shot; it makes the pike appear quite skinny!|
The truth is that the fish was a chunky-looking beast with a very broad head/back, however,
as it is a self-take effort, I've got to live with it..