Sunday, 5 November 2017

Lots of lovely cold Nature walks in the day and at Night

I've done it again and not blogged for a month as the only time I get to sit down to write is on a Sunday night.  I've been designing my brother a website for his own photography and his Swan Project which can be found below: www.RyanMottramswildlife.co.uk
I've been getting distracted recently watching this webcam www.westshorebeachcafe.com setup outside at a cafe at Llandudno on the Westshore beach.
Perfect for watching the sunset at the end of the day
It makes me miss the place even more but it inspires me to keep saving and searching for that perfect home on the coast. I can't wait to see it snow on the webcam and I will be definitely be using this camera to check the weather when I visit.
Ryan checking on one of the Hedgehogs that frequently visits our garden to feed under the trees
 Really enjoying going to different places to watch the stunning sunsets on the clearer nights
Prepping my backpack light/phone charge mount for when I get back late
A full moon and a clear sky perfect for Nighttime wildlife watching
 This weekend I decided I wanted to stay close and explore a new area of my home patch a few miles away. I discovered the area while picking up an undelivered package from the post office. The area we decided on walking was called White gateway which lies close to the river Weaver and starts off from Winsford to Cuddington. The walk runs along an old Railway line for about 10km/6miles but on the whole day, we probably walked over 26km/16 miles getting to the walk and returning home. There's more information on the walk here http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkscycle/whitegate-way-walking-and-cycle-route not much to see but a good long walk to blow away the cloudy day cobwebs.

Next month I have a week off for a personal celebration and were heading off to Wales for a week to stay in either a little cottage by the sea or a big cottage by the sea but that depends on....

Thanks for reading

Mike

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Autumn glory

I just love this time of the year with the Red Deers beginning to rut at Tatton Park, birds returning to the garden to feed and the leaves starting to change to all the tones of red and yellow. The local swans are breaking up there family with one of three cygnets leaving after its first flight. Most people don't like the cold, wetter weather but I love the mud as the countryside has more of a peaceful aura about it although I do bump into more nature haters in the form of idiots with dogs and air rifles, if you know me then you know I have a system to deal with those idiots that works to my advantage.
Stay warm and enjoy nature but especially the glorious sunsets of Autumn

Mike

Sunday, 1 October 2017

A few hours by the Crown hotel

Last week we decided on taking a bus trip to an area I've seen while on route to Wales for our cottage holidays. The area in question is small beach/pebbled area with some rocks and plenty of muddy for lots of waders, Geese and duck species. There were a large number of birds including Godwits a first sighting for me. There is only access via a bridge over the railway and when we arrived the tide was just coming in pushing the waders ever closer to us.
To the keep the weight down my brother brought his camera and I left mine allowing me to have more room for food supplies. As it was quite overcast and we only intended a quick visit it seemed the best plan. It was our last visit over the Welsh border till December. To make this Winter holiday more special we have decided to book a cottage with a view and hopefully if the weathers bad we don't have to leave the cottage to spot Dolphins, sea birds, seals and who knows even Whales have been known to visit the coast in December.
A little tease of the cottage below
Regards

Mike

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

A day in the forest

On one of my days off, we jumped on the bus to visit Delamere forest for a few hours as the Dragonflies and other wildlife would be having their last hurrah with the warm weather we are having sporadically. As the weather was very pleasant but too hot for me I was glad to have the tree cover and having not visited Delamere for a few years it was nice to visit midday in the week rather than when there are lots of outdoors lovers around.
My first Cheshire lizard warming up by the lake where all the wildfowl were perched on the half-submerged trees.
Although still a wonderful place for wildlife and lots of deep forest to explore it seems it more for the people than nature now. I remember coming to the forest and going into the cafe and shop which sold wildlife-related products. The exciting thing was a large window in the cafe seating area where you could watch lots of birds feeding on all the bird feeders placed out with various foods to keep the birds fed but that was when winters were cold and snowy but now the feeders have gone which was a little disappointing. Hopefully, the trees that have now matured outside my desk window are perfect for bird feeders to hang on and now we have quite a large rowen berry tree so who knows maybe Waxings in the garden over the winter.

More Nature things to come from my summer adventures!!!

Thank you

Mike

Monday, 18 September 2017

Cheshire Badger cull :-(

Where science and facts have been pushed aside the Badger cull has once again started and has now come to Cheshire. I know a few people involved with legally disrupting the cull shooters and making sure they follow the rules where they can.
Those people out there fighting the injustice have my respect I would love to be involved but as I can't drive and the cull area in Cheshire is in the middle of a no bus area. Instead, I have decided to keep an eye on all my local setts and try to check 10 every other day including poo pits for traces of peanuts and sett disturbances as in early 2017 sett diggers were disrupted on my local patch. At nearby Blakemere I spotted these dodger diggers which I reported to Cheshire hunt monitors.
We only the second week of 6 weeks of shooters being allowed to trap and shoot Badgers and hopefully, the quota they won't be met. We will only know that once the 6 weeks are over if the hard work of the sabs (Badger defenders) who are sacrificing their time and own money pays off.
You can donate to them here:
If you can donate anything to there fuel fund they would really appreciate it!
https://gogetfunding.com/badger-cull-fuel-fund-2/

Regards

Mike
"Stay safe Badger warriors, for you are the last stand against the death in the darkness"

Saturday, 9 September 2017

End of Summer a few days camping on the coast

I am not doing very well with blogging as I've found myself enjoying the last of the summer sun and with the light disappearing earlier before 8pm now.  My routines changing from a long evening walk to a last light walk then before I relax for the evening. My rule is my PC goes off at 9pm so I don't get stuck into work tasks a few hours before bed and from 8pm onwards it will now be blogging hour to get my thoughts and encounters on here. As I have a week off this week I have a few secret projects in motion that are nature based but I probably wont be blogging about them anytime soon to keep the wildlife/habitats safe. You'll probably be able to read about them in 20 years when I release my own book :-p called "Secrets of a Cheshire wildlife watcher".
But back to my week off and as I had my last morning at work on Friday last week me and my brother packed our bags grabbed the tent with a few supply's but without DSLRS!!!. But why leave your cameras at home I hear you ask well because it was a camping chill out weekend where we needed to keep our bags light yet have a few thick covers, slumit pop up tent, fresh clothes and food/hygiene products to stay fresh. As we dont drive we hopped on the buses to llandudno and Conwy for long walks and breakfast by the Quay which was a little burnt.
Not much wildlife but the sea was calm and migrant birds were increasing probably as the insects were still in good numbers.
Once we left North Wales and returned home the Dolphins suddenly arrived and put on a show next to the Little orme and if your on facebook you can see the photographs one observer took.
Its taking me a few days to write this blog post so I thought I would better publish it before its out of date and as I have so much to blog about especially from earlier in the year I'm sure I'll catch up.

Thank you

Mike

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

A suprise encounter :-) :-)

 I know I said I would not be posting but last week on the first day of my week off I got the opportunity to get something I've been trying to photograph for a while. If you have followed my blog over the past few years you will know how long I have been trying and all though the shots are not the best they mean the world to me. Last Monday I headed out early with wellies, umbrella and camera in my back pack as I left home the rain poured down and as it was very warm it was quite pleasant. I saw the Otter in an open part of the river stretched out swimming down river diving and surfacing but getting further away and not having my camera out at that point I had to think fast to get anything on my camera. I decided to run further down river to an Open spot where I new the water was shallow and the Otter would have to emerge from the water to enter deeper water. And it did I watched as it left the water skulking low using the balsam as cover it entered a deeper pool and dived for a minute then came to the surface where I got my second shot before it disappeared into the more overgrown parts of the river.
 First photograph I took from under some trees and not wanting to scare I turned the flash off
 Color close up to show this beautiful creature up close a few meters away
After this encounter I returned home elated and with the rain still pouring down I decided I had earned a few more hours in bed after finally getting this close encounter and with a few blurry shots to record the moment was a perfect start to my last week off of the summer season.
The beauty of my local patch on a sunnier morning
Later that week I went to check out some countryside an hour away from home at a town called Macclesfield which is close to some hilly and large areas of forest but we could not stay long due to having to get back to pack for a 2 day camping trip to Wales.

Kind regards

Mike

Archive blog I forgot to post Waxwings still around in Spring!!!!

With Spring in full swing and I have begun to visit my Badgers setts to get ready to photograph the Cubs first emerging from the setts. This year they must have been born late as last year we had 2 bouncing around one of the sett holes.
On the way to the Badgers the other evening I had heard a strange but similar call and as I went to look where it was coming from we spotted 30 plus Waxwings. They were in a high tree on the edge of Middlewich town but they flew off further away from town. Later that week my brother found the flock perched up and relaxed in a tree feeding on the new spring buds.
I got a few photographs but the best I got was posted below and as I had 2% power left on my DSLR I was pleased with what I managed to get especially as its so late in the year to see them.
Seeing so many Waxwings still here makes me wonder that in a few years will Waxwings be breeding here and after seeing them quite happy and healthy makes me think that it could be sooner than we think with summer being just around the corner.

Stay wild and enjoy the Spring while it's here

Mike