Sparra Baffs Part 2

More sparras havin more baffs.

Space is crowded.

Enjoyment is limitless.

Filming: Hazel Brown; Vid: Ian Nisbet


Aerial Starlings

Starlings doing what starlings do: intent and intense conversation.

Starlings have so much to say. And so many ways of saying it.

Full on aerial transmisson.

Filming: Hazel Brown; Vid: Ian Nisbet

Little Egret on The Dart

Little Egrets are everywhere these days.

This fella was less than 2 minutes from Morrisons in Totnes.

Little Egret Sept 2018

He was taking selfies of himself in the Dart river

Little Egret 2 Sept 2018

Absolutely no self-esteem issues whatsoever.

You could do some serious stabbing with that filleting spike of a beak.

Little Egret 3 Sept 2018

He was only about 30 feet away from where I stood.

But his miscroscopic mind, his total attention, was on far more important matters.

Little Egret 4 Sept 2018

A Little Herbert

Herbert the Slavonian Grebe Aug 2018 edit

Here is a little Herbert.

You will find him floating up and down, and around and around, the Exe estuary near Dawlish Warren.
He has been floating around and around the Exe estuary near Dawlish Warren for the last 10 years.
Little Herbert is a Slavonian Grebe. He is possibly of noble and esoteric lineage.

Little Herbert, or Sir Herbert as he sometimes prefers to be known, is the only Slavonian Grebe in the Exe estuary. In fact, he is the only Slavonian Grebe in the South-West of England.

He has never had a mate. He will not be the father to other little Herberts. He is all on his little ownsome.

He is not often seen, but if you do, give him a friendly wave. He is not averse to having his picture taken. However, refrain from using flash, as this will make his red eyes look even redder.

Whatever you do, make sure you take account of him on your blog.
For little Sir Herbert, is the last, and only, Slavonian Grebe you will ever be likely to see – in yours, and his, lifetime.

Illustration: Hazel Brown; Words: Ian Nisbet

PS: Little Herbert wants it known, that he is very pleased with Miss Browns illustration. It makes him look like the very best example of his kind. He gives her his most hootiest salute.

A Bald Magpie

At this time of year you might see the occasional garden bird looking baldy bonced.
The baldness is moult or mite related.

The slightly desperate way this magpie was attempting to attack the feeders suggests a bird eager to boost his depleted resources.

The wing and tail feathers appear healthy enough so in all likelihood it will have a fully feathered head eventually.

He’ll revert back to being a horrid magpie. Rather than a hair-raising horrible little vulture.

Filming: Hazel Brown; Vid: Ian Nisbet