Thursday 4th March 2021
Day 60 of Lockdown
I have had some really good days this week, with my sidekick behaving himself!
So this morning I don’t sit with my pad going through social media like I normally do, I get dressed and set of too the park.
I missed my camera yesterday, so today I definitely need a camera day today!
As I reach the gates to the park I see a notice and the gates are padlocked.
Oh no I had forgotten because of the cases of Avian flue they have closed off all the ponds to visitors, so what do I do now?
I had read that there was a nearby wood but wasn’t sure where about it was.
I set off walking in the direction of where I think the woods are situated and find a pathway. It looks very quiet and at this early hour I’m a little nervous about entering. Its the unknown …something new and I’m not too sure where I’m going…also I have just realised I have forgotten my phone, as I reach inside my pocket!
I’m not in the woods long before I’m clicking away with my camera and feeling more relaxed.
I hear someone approaching and then a good morning, as I turn round there is a man with a rucksack and lots of fancy camera gear, we exchange pleasantries and I explain I’m new to the camera world.
He commends me on the choice of camera, as he sets his tripod, camera and extensive lenses up! ” you don’t need all this sh**e ” and laughs!
He tells me that there is an area further up into the woods for some good photos. I thank him and say goodbye.
I wander deeper into the woods listening to all the different birds, I hear a woodpecker but can’t see him today.
Squirrels are jumping from tree to tree, running along the branches like little acrobats
Great Tit swooped down picking up food before darting of to a nearby tree branch.
Followed by Nuthatches, woo not seen one of those before.
It’s another hold my breath moment as I always get so excited when I spot something I haven’t captured before. These little birds are so quick!
Then came the shrieks, I knew it was the parakeets and I was right, there right above me.
He was way up in the tree hanging upside down, almost as if he was watching me!
The light was not good, but I did manage to capture one or two photo
I got a little carried away capturing the parakeets, just mesmerising watching them.
I set off walking again as Toby is getting fed up of all the stopping and starting.
I’m on a different path now and there is a figure of a soldier through the trees, wow that looks so real.
With the umbrella of trees the grey sky’s and the silence, it was a little eerie.
This Pillbox (Military Bunker) was constructed during the early years of WWII in 1940 and was designated as a lookout post to defend the former Stanley Park Municipal Airport which had opened in 1931.
The Municipal airport was situated where Blackpool Zoo now stands.
It’s amazing what you find right on your very own doorstep!
I start to retrace my steps back the way I came, staying on the same pathway. I’m still clicking away with my camera as I spy some Long Tail Tits ( not captured one of those before)
How cute are these little birds !
I’m always excited to find and photograph something different, something new.
I didn’t know half of these birds existed so close to my home. I’m getting quite hooked!
Even the trees are interesting
Little squirrel running through the undergrowth
Out of the woods, me and Toby walk pass the park, I manage to get the lense of the camera through the railings of the park…I just wanted to capture a few more photos before we set off for home.
Mr Shoveler Duck
Cormorant with some Geese in the background
Cormorant in the tree, having a good old stretch!
Can’t resist a Swan photo
My morning walk is complete ❤️
Home time to sit with a hot chocolate, upload all my photos and delete the rubbish ones…there are plenty of those! What really matters is that I have been able to get out walking and spending time in the fresh air …it’s a bonus when I capture a photo, especially when it’s something new.