Wild Flowers

Last year we planted wild flowers at the edge of our Veggie garden. They came up again this year and in spite of two month of draught they are still struggling on.
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Woody revisits

We have always done a lot to get the birds to visits our garden. Several years ago families of Great Spotted Woodpeckers visited my special constructed “Woody” pole. Magpies moved in and the Woodpeckers and other birds became fewer. Early one morning a couple of weeks ago, we were lying in bed with our cup of Tea, when we heard a Woodpecker in one of the dead branches in our old plum tree. I have specially left the many dead branches on the deceased tree to encourage the birds. Between us we managed to get the camera and take several pictures of this female Great Spotted Woodpecker. As can be seen, from the flying dust, she was hard at work. She came back a few more times, but lately we haven’t seen her. but we have seen plenty of signs of her

Pied Kingfisher

In 2007 we returned to South Africa for a three weeks visit. A good deal of that time we spent in game reserves. It was in the Mkuze reserve in the northern part of KwaZulu Natal that we came across a, not much used, observation platform. from There we saw several Pied Kingfishers. I found them totally fascinating and have often since thought of spending time just making a project of photographing them.
Camera Nikon D2X
Lens Nikon 200 – 400 mm

The youngster

Years ago we had a garden full of birds. A large variety came to the feeders. The Great Spotted Woodpeckers brought their young to the poles I installed and charged with peanuts. Then the Magpies moved in and every thing changed. They constantly raid the feeders and rob the nest of eggs and youngsters.
This young male woodpecker is from happy years.

Phoenix Garden

I discovered it by chance on the net and we determined to look for it when next in London. Phoenix Garden https://www.facebook.com/thephoenixgarden/ is situated between Soho and Covent Garden. We found it after some searching. It is a little oasis in the middle of the busy city.It is bordered by Large apartment buildings, The Church of St. Giles in the Fields and the Phoenix Theatre, and yet is utterly peaceful. It is purposely laid out to encourage wildlife and insects, with dense bushes and the odd pile of bricks. Frogs spawn in a little pond and comfortable benches invite visitors to rest in peaceful surroundings. We have returned there many times