Saturday, 28 November 2009

Run out to Waltham Brooks.

Well I think I have tamed the 'poltergeist' (thanks Warren). Battery recharged yesterday and then reconnected this morning. After resetting the clock and date I took A's vehicle for a short drive but during this journey the radio which had been switched off again restarted automatically and the display said "No CD" so when I got home I inserted a music CD and everything worked AND the radio has stayed off when the car was put to sleep....Success at last, I hope.

At A's suggestion we decided to take the car for a much longer run this afternoon and headed south into West Sussex. We eventually stopped at Coldwaltham and navigated a very wet and muddy circular walk around Waltham Brooks starting and finishing near Greatham Bridge. I was hopeful of showing A a Barn Owl but perhaps we were a little early. We did however see a few perched Stonechats, Blackbird and Wren; a Snipe being closely followed by what looked like a Crow!; on the flooded marsh next to the River Arun were Mute Swan, Mallard, Teal, Wigeon, Shoveller, Gadwall and Tufted Duck; and along the roadside a party of Goldfinches.  Below are a few pics taken in very poor light. (You can click to enlarge if you wish).

We should have packed the 'wellies'!

Mallards in hiding.

Mute Swan

One of the many grazing Cows.

  View southwards over Waltham Brooks.

We hit the forcated rain on the way home and finished off with a local take away fish and chips.  FAB


  1. Not often that you see a water reflection of a cow! ;-) The shot of the mallards in hiding has a very peaceful atmosphere about it. Glad A's car is doing better.

  2. ...looks very wet and swampy, but fun! Seems the birds like it too. Glad your car is doing a bit better...

  3. I don't know about wellies, Frank. In this weather it looks more like wader country.

    BTW - enjoy the retirement. Time to do what you want, when you want. Not that it always works out that way.

  4. Wilma. Apart from the 'ringing whistles from the Teal it was very, very quiet. A is very happy that the car is fixed at last.

    Kelly. Typical flooded riverside meadows. I'm not sure Anita fully enjoyed the soggy and muddy walk but it was good to get out together.

    John. If it continues to rain it will definitely be waders or even a boat!

  5. Ah! A walk finished off with a fish & chip tea, great stuff.

    Still raining here, very wet and muddy!

  6. Glad the car is sorted out Frank. It sounds and looks like a great place to visit, shame about the mud and gloom though, you will have to make a return visit next year if not before. I bet those fish and chips went down well after that!

  7. Glad you hopefully got the car sorted Frank.
    Waltham Brooks seems to live up to its name; looks very wet there. ;)
    Perfect end to the day, fish 'n' chips. mmmmm

  8. Hi Frank,
    I can see I'm not the only one to fight with light ;-) But you did a nice walk and a nice set of pictures despite the weather!

  9. Hi Warren, Keith, Jan & Chris.
    The traditional 'take away' went done very well. With more rain overnight I think the walk would have been impossible without a lifebelt!

    Thanks for keeping an eye on me. FAB


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