Grey Heron & Co

Little Institute Beach continues to surprise and amaze.

When the tide goes out all sorts of birds appear to fish and feed in the seaweedy rockpools.

This Saturday there were half a dozen oystercatchers, several cormorants, a little egret (may have been two) a pair of sea-faring swans gliding across the bay, and quite unexpectedly, a grey heron turned up.

A rather stationary grey heron. In half an hours filming it hardly moved. As dusk fell it squatted down into a small scrunchy ball, seemingly asleep.

Yesterday we went back just as a seal had popped its doggy head up above the waves; lasted all of 5 secs (not included in this vid)

What will we see there next I wonder?

Vid & Words: Ian Nisbet
Institute Beach Heron Officer: Hazel Brown

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A Norfolk Now

Sunset landscape edit.JPG

Where BE we?
We not BE in Devon
Too flat.
Devon all green bumps of burps.

When BE we?
BE bout now
When this is OK
A Winter insert.

How BE we?
We BE quite inert.
Squintin thro lines that lurk.

Who BE we?
We BE up this tree
Undisturbed
Quiet and unheard.

Too hidden for words.

Two tired little birds.

Drawing: Hazel Brown; Words: Ian Nisbet.

“Never look a miffed horse in the mouth”

“Yoo in the doghouse – sorry – horsehouse yoo am Mister!”

Dawlish Warren pony 2 Nov 2017

“Yes! – I talkin to yoo Bobbie blinkin Charlton!”

“What I done now?! I had a long difficult day of very poor self-esteem”

Dawlish Warren pony Nov 2017

“Don’t get cross wiv I please!”

“I will! I bleddy told you till I’s blue in face to get TOOFPASTE FROM PONYSHOP!!!”

Dawlish Warren pony 3 Nov 2017

“But wood you lissen? Deff as a POST!. Hey! Where yoo trottin off to now Whitey?!!

Dawlish Warren pony 4 Nov 2017

“Not bloomin listenin to any more of yore Big Mouff! – I OFF!

Almost nearly (not quite)

This Sunday afternoon at Newton Abbot quay

I took over 200 pictures. But none of them were quite what I was looking for

Or catching quite what I was seeing

These 2 sleeping swans are almost it

Newton Abbot Swans Nov 2017

And this greylag goose giving its feathers a good going over is nearly it

Newton Abbot Quay Goose Nov 2017

But not really.

I’m going to have to go back.

Hope they’re still there.