Saturday, 22 April 2017

Cow Parsley - Cherry Hinton Hall

I ventured on foot to the park having seen the white haze of flowers from the road in the last few days. It was time to take a closer look at the Anthriscus sylvestnis  known as cow parsley, wild chervil, wild beaked parsley, keck, or Queen Anne's lace.  It is a herbaceous biennial or short-lived perennial plant in the family Apiaceae, genus Anthriscus.   The trees in the park looked especially fresh with the new leaves and blossom.  It was here I meet Max and his owners who were out for a walk. 

 
 


Friday, 14 April 2017

Venus Pools Nature Reserve ,Shropshire


 The carpark was full when I arrived at Venus Pools and the hides packed and I then understood the reason.  A "Night Heron" was in the area and had been seen and photographed by one photographer with a huge lens at 11:30 hours.  It was now 13:00 and he was anxiously waiting for the bird to fly out from the bushes. Other birders, twitchers and photographers had walked to the other side of the pools to take a glimpse of a speck on the landscape. I settled to photograph a Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)  which was disturbed by noisy Geese scrapping. An Oyster catcher was sitting on three eggs on the scrape as the Lapwings (Vanillas vanillas) flew up and down in pairs making their distinctive call. The Terns were scrapping and there was a sandpiper which I found too difficult to see to photography.





 

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Jet Sport Racing Association JSRA - Wyboston Lakes

Saturday 8 April 2017

JSRA

The 2017 British Championship Round 1 - took place today at Wyboston this afternoon. I had not seen this sport before.  It was entertaining and the competitors and supporting crowd were very friendly. Although we saw some freestyle practice today, this event was scheduled for tomorrow so I made a point of looking at some of the practice today. I am sure the racing will be great fun tomorrow.

 


 
Jet Girl racers





Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Cow Lane Godmanchester

Tuesday 21 March 2017
It was a lovely day and I joined Phil and Ann at Cow Lane wildlife reserve Godmanchester where there were birds to watch on Teddy's lake.  The Grebes were slow to show any display of a courtship routine and appeared more interested in preening and enjoying the sunshine. Perhaps I should have been at the lake much earlier. A Heron looked on from the side of the lake.