Vids

Dawlish Ducks & Geese

Wot a lot of ducks Dawlish got.

They got white Call Ducks

Call Ducks May 6th 2018

They got little white Crested Ducks

Crested Duck May 6th 2018

(alternative daft names for this duck are required)

They got a little White Faced Whistling Duck

Seen here checking his nadgers.

Whistling Duck May 6th 2018

No he wasn’t. He was having a little think.

And here he is jumping for JOY!

Whistling Duck 2 May 6th 2018

Well it was the sort of sunny spring afternoon to be joyful about.

Here is an outrageously attired Mandarin Duck

Mandarin Duck May 6th 2018

Trying to have a bit of a Sunday afternoon snooze

And here is The Great Crusted Tuft

Great Crusted Tuft May 6th 2018

Sneakily looking at the Chinese Geese from under that rather swish hat.

And that was happily that. Out of the two dozen or so types of water fowl waddling around Dawlish, 11 were captured by our cameras. And stuck in this film below.

Ducksch and Geesch are fluffy schweeties so they are.

Words & Vid: Ian Nisbet

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Reed Warbler on Slapton Ley

There the warbler was, on his reed, chattering away.

I could only hear him. Luckily, Haze could also see him; she zoomed right in with camera.
The little chap gave us 2 minutes of its reedy warbling.

Haze says: ‘I want the film to be posted ‘as is’ onto the blog’.

So here it is. As is.
A precious reed warbler.
As was.

Rapt Attention: Hazel Brown
Rapturous Singing: Mr Reed Warbler
Vid & Words: Ian Nisbet

Clacking The Cloaca

Clacking the Cloaca. Or possibly Cocoaing the Choccy.

Its what them naughty dunnocks have been doing rather a lot of the last couple of weeks.
Mrs D rumps up her bottie. Mr D pecks at, or out,  her choccy cocoa. Making sure he’s extracted any other Mr D’s errant seed.

He dances about behind her doing his Choccy Cha Cha.
Then – bump! – he clacks her cloaca.

Takes a fraction of a second to do the deed.

To make sure she’s got his choccy he has to chase the wench around and clack her again. And again. And again.

Sex mad these durty dunnocks.

Vid & Words: Ian Nisbet

Mrs Blackbird is making a nest

This time last year, almost to the day, Mrs Blackbird was making a nest. The video ‘Mrs Blackbird gets her beak dirty’ confirms it.

The difference between last year and this year is that the nest being made now appears to be actually in the garden. Nestled somewhere deep within the winter jasmine bush behind the new apple tree.

Mrs Blackbird was rushing around in a frenzy. As if carrying eggs that were in urgent need of being laid.

Mr Blackbird mostly sat watching, on lookout, letting her get on with it. He’ll be required to be diligent supplier of worms and caterpillars in a couple of weeks time.

Exciting, and slightly nerve-wracking, times ahead!

Filming: Hazel Brown; Vid & Words: Ian Nisbet

Little Wrens

Up at Labrador Bay male wrens were bouncing out of the hedges. Their loud strident calls were just about audible over the horrible din of traffic from the road behind.

I’ve put those clips together with the few clips of the wren we’ve seen infrequently furtling around in the back garden this winter.

So finally, at last, here is a small film of these neat little wrens with their dapper tailed bottoms. Priceless. Precious. Invaluable.

Filming: Hazel Brown (mostly); Vid: Ian Nisbet