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March 7, 2014 / viewsfromasmallisland

Tufted duck

Tufted duck

Tufted duck


This looks like one very angry duck. I think it’s the yellow eyes and the stare. A lovely handsome chap just the same.

February 12, 2014 / viewsfromasmallisland

Little pony

miniature shetland pony r

I thought this little thing cut quite a sad figure. It was on the only bit of dry ground left around here and seemed so tiny and vulnerable. I have dogs bigger than this miniature Shetland pony. It is being looked after, so it is quite safe from the floods, though maybe a little wet.

February 4, 2014 / viewsfromasmallisland

A moment in time

gulls 4r

I like capturing moments that the eye misses and then looking in detail at the beauty in those ordinary moments. I suppose that’s one of the reasons I like to photograph birds and animals, as we usually only catch a fleeting glance before the subject is gone. I find the birds in this shot almost balletic. At the time it was a cacophony of squawks and clouds of wings but frozen, they look beautiful.

January 24, 2014 / viewsfromasmallisland

Good company



The Robin is one of my favourite small birds. I love it for its cheeky chappy confidence. I don’t think they are as bold elsewhere in their range but in the UK they can be almost tame. I find its song in winter really quite sad and mournful, especially if its calling at the end of the day and night is almost upon us.  This one followed me down the lane as I walked, hopping from branch to branch in the expectation he would get a free meal. Sadly I had nothing to share but I was glad for the company. I will take something with me next time.

January 13, 2014 / viewsfromasmallisland

At the bottom of the garden


I found this beautiful wren trapped in my greenhouse today. I have a very large garden and at this time of year I don’t go down to the greenhouse from one week to the next, so it was very fortunate for this little bird I did so today. There was a little gap in the glass where it must have got in but it seemed unlikely it would have found its way out again, and I have no idea how long it had been trapped. Maybe little birds have guardian angels too.

December 31, 2013 / viewsfromasmallisland

Going home

going home

A great crested grebe going home at the end of the day. The end of the day, the end of the year and the end of my year long challenge to post a photo every day. I am so pleased I embarked on the challenge. It has put me in touch with some lovely people I would never have known. I have enjoyed sharing and really appreciate the interest and kind comments I have received. Thank you. I wish everyone a very Happy New Year. I hope 2014 brings you everything you wish for.

December 30, 2013 / viewsfromasmallisland

A tree in winter

tree in winter

A tree with beautiful symmetry captured as dawn broke on a cold winter morning.

December 29, 2013 / viewsfromasmallisland

Bare trees

bare trees

A beautiful but cold day. Great to get out and enjoy the sunshine.

December 28, 2013 / viewsfromasmallisland

Turned out nice again

Turned out nice again r

I came across these two characters today and they just reminded me of two old boys sitting on the front porch, chewing the fat and enjoying the sunshine.

December 27, 2013 / viewsfromasmallisland

Listen to the pouring rain, listen to it pour

rain on the window

No white Christmas in the UK (unless you were up a mountain) but lots of wet stuff and wind that could blow you inside out. This was my view all day but at least the roof stayed on and I was dry.

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