Pictures

Rat with crow pecked eyes

I interrupted a crow pecking a rats eyes out yesterday.

Dead rat 1 Nov 2018

Still in tact. Must have been caught and killed only moments ago.

Dead rat 11 Nov 2018

I lifted it up (on the end of my brolly) and positioned it ontop of a fence post

Dead rat 5 Nov 2018

It was quite neat looking, and for a rat, surprisingly clean and tidy.

It had dapper little white front feet and bigger back feet splayed out either side like fat hands.

Dead rat 7 Nov 2018

And sharp pointy ratty teeth.

Dead rat 8 Nov 2018

Measured from the top of its snout to the tip of its extraordinary long tail it was close to 2 feet in length.

Dead rat 10 Nov 2018

A large brown rat. Some might even say huge. But not unduly alarming. Well, it was dead. I don’t suppose you’d want it scuttling towards you just jumped out of a sewage drain.

The crow would be back in a minute. To rip open the guts.

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Limping Lunching Sheep

Ashburton Sheep Nov

An hour before the dentist. What to do? Go and see some sheep.

Even though I was 300 feet away I attracted plenty of sheepish interest.

There were some rather silly sheep stood around (in my mind silly and sheep are synonomous)

This sheep appeared to have six legs.

Ashburton Sheep C Nov

Other sheep appeared to be having trouble with their legs.

Limping about on sore feet.

Ashburton Sheep Nov

Some sheep could barely stand up.

So they sunk down on bended knee.

Ashburton Sheep D Nov

To carry on tucking in to grass.

Even if limping, lunching must go on.

Mini Mushroom Marvels

I walked up to the cliffs this sunny Saturday afternoon looking for birds

And instead found mini mushrooms

Mushrooms 3 Oct 2018

They looked harmless enough (to pick and eat)

Mushrooms 6 Oct 2018

But of course when you don’t know its best not to take the risk

Mushrooms 4 Oct 2018

They were sprouted around the woody bracken in hidden clusters

Mushrooms 5 Oct 2018

Around the bread and cheese trees I could hear (but not see) what sounded suspiciously like goldfinches

Mushrooms 7 Oct 2018

Picking off the haws and berries.

None of these mini mushroom marvels looked like they were going to be eaten by bird or beast (or me)

Seemingly tasked to be stood there as pointy hatted pixie dwellings. Faerie shelters in case of rain.

Mushrooms 8 Oct 2018

In Pursuit of a Funny Gull

Med Gull Sept 15th 2018

This is the Mediterranean Gull we were seeing on Institute beach last Saturday afternoon.
Making funny, as in odd, squawks…. like a wind-up bird with a squeaky beak….

How interesting we thought ….. why’s it crying? …. it seems distressed…. – look! …. its disappearing over there by the rocks …… following its mother….

Haze was soon in hot pursuit….. took 2 steps up onto the rocks…..

…….and the rest is history……..

Don’t think we’ll be having too many positive associations with Mediterranean Gulls for a while….

And if this one should ever reappear……I’ll…..I’ll…… shake….. it…… by…..  its……

Words & Pic: Ian Nisbet

Afterword: That might be us done as far as Institute Beach is concerned…. a place of fond …. and not so fond memories……

Red Darter on the Dart

Off this sunny Sunday afternoon to give the new Lumix DMC40 a try out.

Waiting by the Dart river to see if Beautiful Demoiselles might still be around.

Waiting. Watching.

And then dropped down this Red Darter dragonfly.

Red Darter on the Dart Sept 2018

Right in front of where I stood, only 4 feet away.

Having a mini break from dizzy darting about.

In a headspin she was. Chewing a fly.

Red Darter on the Dart 2 Sept 2018

I bent down to get near but she shot up in the air scraping past the top of my head.

I waited around for a while to see if she’d come back.
But she didn’t.

Had to content myself instead with wagtails bouncing about on the far bank.
And being dipped in delicious by the lovely sunny river.

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