I often fail in my attempts to capture an image of a cormorant or its close relative the shag, but this time the bird was very placid as I watched from the opposite side of the river. In fact looking at the picture I think its tail feathers might be broken. So I am guessing it’s either an old injured bird or a young one not quite fledged. Adults have white patches on their throats and thighs during the breeding season, but it’s not the breeding season, so that doesn’t help. (more…)
Archive for the ‘Birds’ Category
In May and June there have been plenty of baby birds in the garden and I have been trying to capture them. Mostly I have been disappointed. My pictures are rubbish, really. But I felt I wanted to share them just to prove the variety of species we have breeding in our backyard.
The first spot of the year was (more…)
The month of March in the garden is a time of change as we step from Winter into Spring. But I have been out and about in city parks so much lately that I haven’t really done justice to pictures of my own scruffy wildlife garden. But here is my record of the month.
I started with a cat partly because, (more…)
I have written before about grey wagtails – see my post from November 2013 (can it really be that long ago?) – but they are such a rarity here that I like to mark their appearances.
I only ever see grey wagtails on the neighbour’s moss-covered roof and it is usually on a clear, cold day at the beginning or end of winter. I know they (more…)
I just had to share this wonderful owl mural that appeared overnight on a wall next to our office in the centre of Cardiff. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t there on Wednesday, but yesterday you couldn’t miss it.
There have been many artful surprises in recent weeks as part of the Empty Walls project, which finishes this weekend. Assorted paintings have appeared on many grotty buildings, empty hoardings and fences around derelict sites. I don’t know if they will all magically disappear or be whitewashed at the end of the festival, but I hope not.
The owl is signed PeacefulProgress.co.uk, so here’s a link to that artist’s website.
I don’t know enough about it to write much more, but here are a couple of illustrated stories other people have written on the festival…