The days are getting longer and I can now start to sit outside in my garden and watch the world go bye whilst drinking my afternoon tea. That may well be the most cliched english thing I do but I am what I am. With the joys of lockdown still inplace my opportunities for travel are next to zero – over the past 7 weeks I have driven my car for only 200 miles – great for the bank balance, covid and the environment but less so if you want to capture the world coming out of the winter gloom. Still there is nothing I can do about things at the moment so I am stuck with trying to make photographs in and around my garden and local parks – not the world’s worst hardship!
Strangely enough there are more opportunities sitting in my garden than walking through the park. I live in a modest post 2nd world war house that was built overlooking the River Soar. Over the years all the gardens backing onto one another have slowly formed a long thin copse that is around about 20 metres wide and over 500 metres long. On top of this there are numerous trees of all kinds in the gardens that I back onto. In short we live in a condensed urban woodland setting which attracts the wildlife.
Whilst this woodland setting offers great opportunities for nature it also means that the small birds also have to be on the lookout all the time for predators. The most successful/dangerous one is the local cat population who instinctively take many birds but then don’t really know what to do with them. However, there are other predators that really know what to do with their kills – they too have chicks to feed. The top of these predators is the Sparrowhawk which I was able to briefly capture as it zipped through the gap between the houses.
They will take birds upto the size of a wood pigeon although they usually take smaller prey – hence the name. The small birds also have to be on the watch out for the local corvid population as they won’t miss an opportunity to take eggs as well as chicks from the nest. We have a resident copuple who are nesting in another house’s chimney pot.
Away from this urban idle(?) modern life is starting to reassert itself. We live under the main UK, Europe, USA flight path and it has been noticeable there has been a slow but steady increase in the aircraft flying overhead.
I guess FedEx has got to get all those parcels from the USA to Europe!