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This update starts on a Backyard Safari theme......

June 2005 - for previous updates see link 'previous pages'

The sparrowhawk can strike fear into almost any small bird just by appearing. Unfortunetly for this young Starling it didn't have time to react. It was the noise which drew my attention and in fact this picture was taken through the glass in the back door. On opening the door the sparrowhawk took flight complete with it's catch- a very dramatic show. I never realised how vulenrable other birds were to this efficient killing machine-once witnessed never forgotten !!

 

It was Simba the cat that drew my attention to this British Slow Worm who was quite happily basking in the midday sun in the Garden - the marking and colours were quite vivid.Quite often mistaken for a Snake here in the UK but in fact harmless and quite happy to go about it's buisiness without any human or feline intervention.

 

 

Still a favourite of mine the Bluetit here against a colourful backdrop at the time of writing ( 21/06/05 ) this pic is a couple of months old and frantic activity of nesting has taken place with much 'to and fro' of food.

And some other subjects since the last update...

 

The German Capital of Berlin is a great place to wander steeped in history and grand architechture ...on this particular day the heavens opened and I got caught in a rain shower - seems to know whenever I take a camera out - I managed to find a funfair and took this shot in the dull light of the day , nevertheless I got well soaked !

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'Commonorange' are an upandcoming Herefordshire band causing much interest on the local music scene. This was one of the photos from a shoot for their first CD 'noize in your head' - a great bunch of lads who are definitely going places on the music scene- check out their website for Gig dates and music downloads

http://www.commonorange.com

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This Blackbird has been working constantly over the past few weeks first building and now obviously some young mouths to feed. Fortunately they seem ok with the distractions of general gardenwork going on around them - and the odd occasional tripod to put them centre stage !!