Animals

Bumping Butting Bouncing Sheep

A walk up Sharpham drive this afternoon.

Hoping to spot starlings murmurating above the river reed beds.

Instead I got a flock of bumping, butting, bouncing sheep.

And a laid back muching cow.

Words & Vid: Ian Nisbet

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“Fox!” “Fox!” “FOX!!”

Walking through Lincombe Woods this afternoon.

Haze & Fox in Lincombe Wood Jan 2018

Here is Haze.                                              And there is a Fox.

A what ?!?       “A FOX! A FOX! A FOX!!”

Haze was one side of the beech, the fox the other.

Fox in Lincombe Woods Jan 2018 edit

Shouting “FOX!” ‘FOX!!” “FOX!!!” did nothing to endear me to the said animal.

It shot off quick from whence it came, scarping back into the woods.

Fox in Lincombe Woods 2 Jan 2018

In future it might be best if I refrained from shouting my head off like some demented Springwatch presenter.

Got to curb the enthusiasm. Got to cool the hot jets on my eager zeal.

Got to stop getting so bleddy EXCITED!!

“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!

Starcross Ferry Seal & Surfers

Over on the little Starcross ferry to Exmouth today.

A large seal was lying out on a jetty as we chugged past. ‘We don’t know its name’ said the ferry boatman.

It could be the ‘Harold’ seen over in Torbay.

On Exmouth beach the sand was white and the sun was lovely. We got sunburnt faces (in September) eating our bacon sarnies.

The windsurfers were all over the sea and sky, having a whale of a time.

And then we’ve plopped on the ferry back to Starcross.

Our Harold had scarpered.

Some Shaldon Zoo Pictures

A few pics from our visit to Shaldon Zoo yesterday

Here is the Meerkat Lookout dutifully doing his job

Meerkat Lookout

His fixed focus was on something about 2 feet above our heads

Next is this White Faced Saki Monkey

White faced Saki Monkey

‘Their faces look almost like people’ Haze said.

Next is this Azara’s Agouti.

Agouti

Shy animals are Agouti’s. Get preyed on a lot.

Next was this Red Bellied Lemur.

Conservation Status: Vulnerable

Gentle Lemur

Also a shy seeming animal. Timid. Vulnerable looking with those big baby brown eyes.

And finally here is a Bird Eating Spider

Bird Eating Spider

It was huge. I wanted to see it move. But it was fast asleep.

I’d go back to Shaldon Zoo just to sit next to this Hairy Bird Eating Beast.

Waiting to see it scuttle scurrying across its cage hissing, with fangs in the ‘bite-your-head-off’ position.

Shaldon Zoo

A birthday trip treat to little Shaldon Zoo this afternoon.

We’re seeing: Golden-Headed Lion Tamarins; Yellow-Breasted Capuchins; Common Squirrel Monkeys; White Faced Saki Monkeys; Red Ruffed Lemurs; Gentle Lemurs; Red Bellied Lemurs.

Did we know that long nosed Potoroos existed? No. Swinhoes Striped Squirrels? No. Blue Throated Conures? No.

I’ve decided to identify all the animals you see on the vid. They need to be known. They need to be remembered. They need to be honoured.

Before they all disappear out of existence.

Vid & Words: Ian Nisbet