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


Stokesy is the man

A robin has taken over Haze’s back garden in the last couple of weeks.

By ‘taken over’ I mean he shoots and scoots about like he owns the garden (and the shed) (and the wisteria) (and the bird table).

The garden has become his manor, his gaffe, his very own possession.

The robin is compulsively obsessed, as if ‘possessed’.

He is. Possessed by his own reflection. In the corner window. Which he mistakenly sees as a rival robin.

So he attacks the window ferociously, fixatedly. So as to get rid of this phony rival.

Why is he called ‘Stokesy’? The colour red is a clue. And the hostile aggressive attitude is another clue.

Not unlike a certain flame-haired English cricketer who’s been involved in a bit of aggravation recently.

Words & Vid: Ian Nisbet

Big Barry Dies

Big Barry was scampering around a couple of weeks ago. Lashing his spidery long legs about like whips.

But on Friday he died.

Died slowly and conspiciously, in the middle of the kitchen.

Was he trying to free himself from a cannibal spiders web? (hence why he lost a couple of legs)

Or was he ravaged. By a ferocious female. While on the job. And with duty done had now to do the decent thing – go crawl away and die?.

But his dying was agonising, hopelessly pathetic.

Almost tragic.

Vid: Ian Nisbet; Filming: Hazel Brown