I cant believe..........

14th January 2012
Another year has passed so quickly, I just checked when i wrote my last blog and it was exactly a year ago today.
well after the last post with all those fantastic waxwings, I did not get out much with my camera really at all.
Tony and I took a drive up to Norfolk and had a day out there....

It was a dissapointing day as the forecast was not as they said so we only got a few images for the day...This Oystercatcher

We tried one of our Barn owl spots but failed, we did see one there but it did not come close....

This grey Partridge was in one of the fields....

on the way home we stopped off at another Barn owl location,it was getting on and we were loosing the light but we were just seeing what was about really, when we saw this Barny sat on a post....

We saw a Short eared owl on the way home and a little owl but it was to dark to photograph them.

In March, I took a walk around a local lake that sees very little human activity, I was actually looking to try and rent and stock the lake with carp and run a syndicate fishing club but was denied the access to the lake which meant I had to look elsewhere.
While I was walking around the lake, something came crashing out of the trees to my left. It was a Long eared owl.
As I watched it land in another bush not too far away I looked back at where it had come from and there was another....

if you look in the bottom right you will see another, there must have been three there....


As I had allready disturbed them the last one flew out the tree at me....


It certainly was nice to see these owls, as they are very elusive and not many roosts are known around Bedfordshire.

I really did not get out much locally after my Long eared owl find and only went down my feeders once or twice....

I got a couple of Goldfinch images and that was about that as my wife was made redundant and then so was I a couple of weeks later.....



With having a yong child and both of us without jobs I was worried to say the least. I had 5 weeks notice to work untill the joinery section was closed down, when my boss offered me all the machinery and said he would pass on any work as he was keeping the building side still running and would still get enquiries about joinery.
I had a lot to think about and decided to go for it and had a look around for premises and also decided to go into buisness with my work colleage, who had been my apprentice a few years ago.
After a lot of searching, solicitors, tons of signing paperwork, stress and getting the new workshop ready, we finally moved all the machinery in and started buisness at the end of July.
I must say a massive thanks to my fantastic supportive wife, I could not have done this without all her help......
'Oakhill Joinery Ltd'

After 6 months of trading thing seem to be going well and we are ticking along nicely, we have a website which you can click on in my 'Links' page.

In September Colette myself and George went on holiday to Norfolk for a week. I managed to get a few images while we were there.... Wheatear..

and this is the closest I have ever been able to get to a Curlew, usually they fly off before you get a chance, so i was quite happy to get a couple of shots of them..


we were just getting back in the car after a long walk at Holm, when I saw this Wheatear 'flitting' about, It was quite funny when it landed on this glove that had obviously been lost, which someone had picked up and slid onto this post.


Not too many images but it was a really enjoyable family holiday that we needed so much after all the stress in the past months...
and George also walked for the first time on that holiday too.

'Sunset at' Hunstanton....


The next short break was a long weekend at a frinds house in whitby, we had a great weekend and great company too. We all went down onto a beach there. While we were there, I noticed a load of Gannets turn up and start diving not to far out, so off I went with my camera and got a few shots of them...


A couple of Red Throated Divers came in close to the shore too....

An adult in summer plumage...

and a juvenile with a fish...


I hope you have enjoyed a read and I will have another blog ready in another week or so, with Short Eared Owls, so please return back again soon,
Many thanks Phil.