27/05/2020 - Last night’s sunset and 28/05/2020 - flowers in a hanging basket in the garden (first two pictures in this photoset) and Lakeside walk
Its so nice to see the sun setting later and later in the evening as the year rolls on now and lots of flowers coming out in the particular hanging basket in our garden which stands out from my room and I photographed with one flower out last week. It was nice as I went on my Lakeside walk this lunch time to capture the view in the third picture in this photoset on the way today again I’ve done it a few times. I don’t know whether it was because we had a cloudy patch yesterday before that sunset and after conditions like today but I seemed to really lap and soak up how sunny and hot it was again today and how deliciously blue the water on the lakes of Lakeside looked. I really drank this in I felt and I took the landscapes in the fourth, fifth, seventh and ninth pictures in this photoset it was a perfect opportunity to take real flowing and fairly vast landscapes from different angles too which I love taking so I enjoyed taking these four in one of my strongest landscape sets since lockdown began on one of my working days I think.
As I got to the southernmost lake where I saw a Kingfisher in the wooded island on Tuesday I scanned again in the binoculars and within the trees saw the typical giveaway of a Kingfisher sat on a branch just a little patch of luminous blue. It turned out it was a Kingfisher. I would not have noticed it without binoculars and I would not have thought to look if it wasn’t for seeing one feeding another probably its chick here on Tuesday and now know where I might find one. I wanted to particularly see these birds or one of them again today as they are a good distance away. I liked taking a record shot of one on Tuesday with my big lens but I thought this is a situation crying out for my bridge camera which I don’t often take on the Lakeside walks that allows me to zoom in a lot more and is my long distance specialist indeed. I’ve rarely had that feeling on daily Lakeside walks the big lens when I’ve had it has done just fine really quite often I only bring the macro if I’m focusing on butterflies/other insects/flowers and only big lens if I want bird photos with the capability to take some landscapes on both and with spring well and truly here going into summer I’m going to be and have been photographing as many if not more butterflies than birds which I mostly use the bridge camera for. I was happy to watch this bird for a few minutes and take pictures with my bridge camera of it including the sixth picture in this photoset. Another very special few moments seeing this bird. As I walked on I took eighth picture in this photoset of nice little flowers I’ve noticed them a lot here.
As I rounded a corner to what I call the main lake the one shown in the ninth picture in this photoset I don’t often do this walking route or see it from this angle I thought so it looked nice to see it uniquely for me. I reminisced about when I saw a Buzzard soaring over here when I was youngster doing this route a little. Then just like having them right over my head on the northern path last Thursday a Buzzard flew over and I got brilliant views of it against a blue sky again. This lake was also booming with wildlife, Great Crested Grebes, House Martins and Swifts nicely flying over, lots of damselflies, the Greylag Geese in the ninth picture and also the two Tufted Ducks I saw on the lake and took the tenth and final picture in this photoset of a nice regular pair.
Wildlife Sightings Summary: Three of my favourite birds the Kingfisher, Buzzard and Great Crested Grebe, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Mute Swan, Moorhen, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Black-headed Gull, Magpie, Jackdaw, another Meadow Brown butterfly after my first of 2020 here yesterday, Common Blue Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly and I heard another of my favourite birds the Green Woodpecker.