Who am I?

An individual, of no great importance, who is unable to see the natural world as a place for competition. I catch fish, watch birds, derive immense pleasure from simply looking at butterflies, moths, bumble-bees, etc - without the need for rules! I am Dylan and this is my blog - if my opinions offend? Don't bother logging on again - simple!


Tuesday 28 March 2017


After the early morning fog had burnt away conditions looked good for a raptor, or two, so I had my camera and bins strategically placed by the kitchen door. Awaiting the gulls to alert me to a passing Buzzard or Kite. It wasn't to be; instead I was treated to some fantastic close up views of a male Rose-ringed Parakeet which made repeated visits to the feeding station. It is my guess, therefore, that it is breeding very locally and already feeding his incubating mate or a young brood?

Before dropping down onto the feeding station, it would perch
in the top of our "Christmas Tree"
Once on the sunflower heart feeder, it would allow me to within twenty feet, no problem. So I took full advantage and spent quite a while firing off a series of portraits as it gorged on the seeds.


  1. None of those round our way yet dylan. Did see a yellowhammer today. That or an escaped canary....spring has burst out in Norfolkcestershire in a big way. Think the farmers are thinking about getting the spuds in and the rape is rampant.

    1. I am not sure of the status of said "parakeets" away from Thanet, although I do now see them in Hertfordshire when I visit my brother, so they are certainly spreading. As for spuds - our Newlands crop has been in for eight weeks and looks spot-on for attracting Yellow Wagtails just before they harvest! As for the oil-seed rape; I had made comment to Bev, on Sunday morning, how advanced this years crop is! We usually have acres of blue Linseed, before the rampant display of yellow rape flowers.
      As you say - Spring has sprung! - Dylan