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She Said WHAT !!…

So, one of the aforementioned stories from our recent holiday… Kids can be so embarrassing eh…

We were heading though a small village in the heart of the New Forest, which for reasons I’ve not yet investigated was the “Witch” capital of the New Forest… full of lots of little souvenir shops selling.. well.. witch and wizard and dragon based souvenirs… So I informed my ever so gullible youngest daughter that this was where ALL the witches live….

*Side note*.. Did you know that the word “gullible” doesn’t actually appear in any dictionaries !!..

Well she had a semi freak out until we told her they were good witches… lol… Anywho, we continued through the village and arrived at a Raptor Centre (hence the photos). As we were walking from the car to the entrance, a woman exits the centre and heads for her car…. As we cross paths my youngest points directly at her, and from literally no more than 2 feet away (and at full volume) asks the following question…. “Dad, is SHE a witch ??”….

Ooooops…. Kids… Gotta love em… ;)

Click the pics to view large… They won’t bite… much… :D

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Whot’choo’lookin’at…

Found this “not” so little fella in my garden the other day… helping himself to some worms and the like… and fortunately he hung around long enough for me to put my real lens on… The head on glare he gave me though did make me laugh…


Wet ‘n’ Wild

Well it’s been quite the weekend here as far as the weather is concerned… We’ve had torrential rain / brilliant sunshine / high winds / high tides / warmth / cold… but trying to get the perfect combination for what I had planned took a few wasted trips to the beach…

Finally though all the favoured elements combined this morning, and I spent quite a few lucrative minutes slowly freezing in the wind and sun… Oh, and I got yet another opportunity to play with my new toy… :)


Super Furry Animals…

So yesterday I finally had the opportunity to put my new toy through its paces… and I’m glad to say I was rather pleased with the results… So we spent the day at a wildlife park, which naturally was PURELY for the benefit of the kids… and was nothing even remotely to do with me wanting to play with my new lens…Nah-ah…

This is a small selection from a host of images I will be picking from in posts to come hopefully… providing I don’t get bored with them before I post them… Despite the title though I have to include one feathery not furry shot, as there’s a story to convey about this wee feathered friend of mine… I inadvertently pulled a bird…  ;)

This particular wildlife park has some real nice access to many of the animals, from walk through enclosures to open perches for some of the birds… to other animals roaming completely free within the grounds… Well, in one particular area I noticed how friendly one particular bird was as he was allowing himself to be petted… Well never one to miss an opportunity of some petting I decided whilst it was quiet to go make friends myself whilst the rest of the family were… ummmm… seeing to other natural requirements…

I checked first to make sure there were no “This animal bites” signs… but only saw a “Do NOT pick this bird up” sign… so figured he wasn’t in to removing fingers and the like…. Well I was giving him a good scratch behind the ear and under his chin (or whatever birds call their chins) when my daughter returned… and as I turned to look at her my new-found friend took full advantage of my momentary lapse in concentration, and promptly stepped on to my hand, and RAN full speed up my arm and round the back of my neck…. and perched himself firmly on my shoulder, and proceeded to nuzzle my ear and neck…. lol…

My first thought was “OH CRAP !!”…. “How the heck am I gonna get him back on his perch ??”… As from his demeanour I was pretty certain he wasn’t intending to return of his own free will… So a small crowd begins to gather… and I hear one woman whisper to her friend “I’ve seen him do that before, He won’t get him back very easily”…. OH THANKS !!!…. Lol…

And right in front of me is the huge sign “DO NOT PICK THIS BIRD UP”…. Ooooops…. Well it took some patience and cunning, but I finally managed to get him back on to my hand, and then literally peeled him off, and back on to his perch.. At which point my daughter said “Tickle him again Dad”….. NO WAY !!!… lol…

Anyway… I wasn’t the only one… When we walked through the Lemur enclosure there was a keeper in there making sure that people didn’t stroke the Lemurs, but just allowed them to get on with whatever they wanted to do… Well my daughter knelt down to get a closer look at some of the baby ones, at which point one came running up and jumped on her lap, and just sat there looking at her as if to say “Well !!!.. What have you got for me ???”…. lol…


Hare Today…

So after a long long time of thinking, and looking, and saving, and more looking, and more thinking… and some playing followed by a bit more saving, and them some thinking… I finally decided (with the aid of some friendly persuasion.. lol) to expand my photographic potential by adding to my equipment … and bought a nice shiny new lens I’ve had my eye on for quite some time… A 100-400mm zoom… :)

Unfortunately since said purchase took place, I’ve not really had the opportunity to make best use of it what with work and weather, apart from a nice evening stroll with my daughter… but nice as the warm evening light was, it wasn’t best suited to making the most of a long lens…

I did manage a few shots though, and was real pleased to capture a shy and elusive bunny Hare… or jackrabbit as some of the more foreign people call them… lol… Did you know that the European Brown Hare can run at 45mph !!!… and they’re the size of a small elephant, and you can ride them too… lol…

Cow’s aren’t quite so fast, but some of them have got mean stares… It’s lucky methinks that I was 3 miles away from this beasty… lol.. ;)