Sunday, April 17, 2016

Weekend Wildlife


I had to remake this sigil as it had been
completely destroyed
(see 2nd & 3rd photos from the 29th March set)
 Just a quick photo-post of some of the wildlife I saw from afar on this afternoon's drift*.
 These were taken with the new camera - I took it with me in an effort to try and get used to it - and have been reduced in size considerably, as they were absolutely gigantic! If I'd used Phone, all these creatures would have been tiny, blurry blobs in the distance (which is why the previous two or three years' photos on this blog are mostly of things I can get very close to without scaring them off - like flowers, buildings, and the like)!

I wasn't prepared (or quick enough) and only managed to capture this squirrel's bum (no lewdness, please)!

Again, I was unprepared (and noisy), which is why this pheasant is a tad blurry

Some sort of finch - a bullfinch, perhaps? - in Northrepps church graveyard

A crow (or, at least, some type of corvus) in a field past the church

Remember these two? Yes, they're those cows/bulls from the field between Hungry Hill and the Shrieking Pits


I startled this roe deer next to Cromer radar station (actually in Overstrand - grid ref 52.910482 1.349672)

Awww... Bunnies (off the Northrepps Road in Overstrand)

And this pheasant was at the other end of the field of bunnies

He wouldn't keep still which is why he's a little fuzzy

Finally, this star sigil on Small Hopes Hill was still in one piece.
But then it's only been here for about three weeks
(again, go to the 29th March set, first photo)...

And this is where I walked
 There are other scenic photos from this walk, including some technological structures (the aforementioned radar station being one of them), that I may post another day.
 I hope you all had lovely weekends!


* Not walkies, as Hound thinks that sounds like a weird dog fetish something-or-other.
 

21 comments:

  1. With the exception of the lewd squirrel all of these animals are for sale just round the corner from me. And the man who looks after them wears some very fetching white wellies. He told me he'd got some meat for me as I walked past the other day. I'm sorry, my sort of drift is still more appealing.
    Now a dog walk, despite being the Hound myself I've always fancied being on the giving side of a master/dog relationship!

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    1. I've got some half-baked response to do with mince - as in the processing of meat and the method of locomotion - but I can't quite get to grips with it. Unlike you and the butcher, by the sounds of it!

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    2. Oh, I so wish. I've got such a thing for missing teeth. And I he's just not likely to mince at all.
      In fact a colleague was reminiscing about the old market the other day and spoiled it rather by asking me if I remember the smell of fish!

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    3. I just don't know what to say to that?!

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    4. Definitely a hold your nose and swallow job, dear.

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  2. Nice wildlife pix. I especially like the shaggy cattle.

    PS: No worries, the squirrel porn makes up for MJ being away.

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    1. Well, someone had to fill the gap. Although I think we should all take it in turns (see, there I go again!).

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    2. I may be away but I'm wondering if you were close enough to find out what squirrel farts smell like?

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  3. Wow! That map shows a long, scenic walk! The fotos look awesome! The details & colors are amazing! I'm not seeing any blurs at all. These are great camera captures! Definitely wildlife calendar caliber fotos!

    Clearly that squirrel is the Jennifer Lopez of the rodent world & was striking a signature pose to show off its best asset. I didn't realize that pheasants were so colorful & beautiful until I saw these fotos. I'm used to the drab (& delicious) dusty brown ones here, but your local varieties are vibrant! I don't know whether to hunt them for their possibly delectable meat or their resplendent coloring! Perhaps a local taxidermist can help me have both! And maybe do the same with those spectacular bulls! What magnificent creatures! Such beautiful builds & glorious hides! It almost seems criminal to eat such gorgeous creatures...almost...

    The bunnies are fantastic! Usually, I prefer them all dressed festively, passing out chocolate Easter eggs; but they look just lovely out in nature. The finch & crow look lively in the fields.

    The only creature that makes me suspicious is the deer you spotted by the radar station. Clearly, it was a spy you caught trying to snoop around for classified secrets! I hope you reported that suspicious deer to the authorities for treason. I'm sure there is a nice venison processing facility that can hold that deliciou...er...suspicious deer for questioning.

    Congrats on the NATS teams for doing a great job on upgrading the radars. But I was alarmed about the rats they had to clear from the Cromer station. It made me think of the opening scenes of Ratatouille with all the fleeing rats. Perhaps the Cromer station could use a barn owl or some cats on staff to keep the vermin & spies away.

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    1. That walk was longer than I intended, but not as long as it could have been (I started walking towards Southrepps, then decided against it - as you might be able to tell by the map).

      The pheasants are probably one of the UK's most striking birds, and can often be found on the roadside just waiting to be taken home for a good plucking and stuffing! (Oh, dear. This is getting ridiculous now)
      And the deer did look remarkably guilty. I'm sure NATS will send in a counter-agent of some description. Possibly bats...

      Yes, I too was alarmed about the rat problem! I almost didn't post the link after I read that!

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  4. I wouldn't want to upset the bulls. They look a bit fierce... and not likely to run in the opposite direction.
    Sx

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    1. The one that's staring at the camera kept staring until I was out of sight! Luckily, they were both very lazy and didn't bother getting up.

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  5. Nice to see the canola in full bloom... My niece when she was little used to talk about going to see the paddocks full of "Canaries"... though it does give off a unique odour when in flower.
    Lovely fauna photos with the new image Kapchurer.
    Free range phesants! I thought the landed gentry would have had them all shot and served on silver platters by now...

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    1. When I first read this, I didn't have a clue what you were going on about. Then, after coming back to it, I realised (it was the "canaries" that gave it away - the colour). We call it oilseed rape, or just rapeseed.

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  6. I absolutely love those bull/cows! There beautiful, and your pictures are very nice. They way I'm seeing it, you could have dinner for almost two weeks with these critters. I do adore pheasants and peacocks. There to beautiful to eat. I should have you photograph my bird since your so fast with the camera!!!!!!

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    1. And here I was thinking that your bird would take its time!

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  7. I saw those bovines and thought you'd walked all the way to Scotland.

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    1. Perhaps they walked all the way to Norfolk?

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  8. That crow could pass for Beaky.

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    1. Speaking of, I believe he's raising another monstrous brood in the holly tree. I must try and get some snaps of him, as it's been a while since a Beaky post.

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