|Taken using the Sigma 170 - 500 mm. The Alexanders form a continuous |
boundary to the Vine Close back gardens.
I've spent the vast majority of today building my "Hedgehog Hilton" and have to admit that I'm rather pleased with the outcome of my labours. Okay, it wouldn't win any prizes in a joinery competition, but I'm hopeful that the garden Hedgehogs won't be so judgemental? Scrap pallet wood and based upon a design shown on the Wildlife Trusts website, it's now positioned at the far end of the garden, just beyond the feeding station.
I had the camera kit to hand whilst engaged in this mammoth building project and managed to grab a series of images when a male (local?) Sparrowhawk drifted over the garden. Yesterday I'd grabbed a nice image of one, of three, Goldfinch at the feeders and carried on playing about with the lenses and captured a rather pleasing shot of a hoverfly - sp.
Saddest of all, I even pointed the lens in the direction of a flower! What has my life become?
58 - Pied Wagtail - a bird flew through my binocular view as I was watching a migrating Common Buzzard yesterday.
59 - Reed Warbler - a singing male! Ridiculous.
Alas Dyl, all the Hedgehogs in my little patch appear to have gone. I used to get up to four at once a few years back. Since then, foxes a plenty, plus I've had Muntjac deer (my wife took a picture!) and one dawn, a lost looking very small Badger.ReplyDelete
I'd like to see another one of those. Reminds me, I should get one of those spy cams gadgets. No doubt I'll end up with memory cards full of the aforementioned foxes and cats.
When Bev and I moved here in 2000, Hedgehogs were such a pain in the arse that I had to put a ring of wire netting around my moth trap to stop the little sods taking the moths off the outside of my wooden contraption. Back then, our neighbour, Brenda, had removed the flap from her cat-flap in order to allow the animals free movement into her conservatory where she fed them. Looking back, hedgehogs must have been both widespread and numerous purely due to the numbers of road casualties seen around the Thanet roadways. Last year I only remember seeing three "deadgehogs" whilst out driving, a sad reflection of the state of our hedgehog populations it would seem.Delete
As for the local foxes - still in the pending tray regarding a garden portrait of one of these fabulous animals. Cheers for the comment, as always - stay safe - Dyl