Monday, 30 September 2013

Blackdown Cuckoo

Today was a visit to Blackdown to find the three reported Ring Ouzels, unfortunately we dipped on those but whilst waiting we had distant views of what we thought was a mystery raptor. Of course it turned out to be a juvenile Cuckoo, somewhat late in the year and a fair distance away. The bird allowed us to approach to obtain record shots and then decamped to trees further up the valley. Another wait for the ROs gave only a Kestrel so we departed for Church Norton which turned out to be a waste of time as did a subsequent visit to the North Wall. When will these birdless days end??

A long way off
 Taking the macro lens allowed me to capture three specimens of the burgeoning fungi crop at Blackdown.

Fly Agaric, Amanita muscaria 

Parasol, Macrolepiota procera

Any ideas gratefully received

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