Monday, 31 January 2011

A Year Older but ...

Today (31st) I will be a another year older but not sure I'm any the wiser! I can often recall images and events from ages ago with distinct clarity but according to someone who knows me very well I can't remember exactly what I said some hours ago .... that's life. Unlike modern technology I can't install a fresh set of up to date memory banks so will have to live with what I've got. 

Attempting to think back and review what I may have achieved in the past 12 months I couldn't think of anything particularly significant; just one new bird added to my UK list but then I have taken a much more relaxed approach throughout 2010. More by luck than anything else, some of my photographic attempts have encouraged me to spend more time with specific species and hopefully this trend will continue and the output and quality will improve. Wildlife photography is certainly providing me with an interesting challenge as an accompaniment to both my wildlife watching activities and not least blogging what I see as I stroll around my favourite locations. 

One thing I have noted is the increasing number of visitors and followers to my blog and my thanks go out to everyone who continues to drop by plus all those who continually leave encouraging comments thereby spurring me on to share my encounters in nature that might be of interest.

I will not be consciously wildlife watching today as we are visiting my parents and taking them out for a meal. I do have a few posts up my sleeve but in the meantime I'll leave you with a close up of a favourite winter goose .... the Brent.
Branta bernicia
Wishing everyone a glorious wildlife watching week, wherever you are.   FAB. 

26 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday, Frank! Awesome closeup of the Brent!

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  2. Happy birthday Frank! I hope it is full of wonder.

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  3. Nice portrait of the brent, Frank. I'm looking forward to another year of your posts. Happy Birthday and Many Happy Returns.

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  4. Happy birthday! This image is pretty ;)

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  5. Happy birthday! Wishing you great birding throughout the next year!

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  6. Happy Birthday Frank! Have a good one.
    I consider the insect photos and information to be a major part of your blog this year even though I'm not really big on insects. I can recognize quality when I see it.
    Looks like spring has hit in your part of England. Tonight it is minus 27 F We've just had another dump of snow.

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  7. I hope you had a wonderful birthday, Frank, with many more to come! Love the photo of the Brent. I can see why it's your favorite winter goose. (Around our house, Rick has far the superior memory. I'm absolutely horrible for short-term memories!)

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  8. Frank, I'm wishing you a very happy birthday. I look forward to many more of your wonderful posts. Love the Brant - WOW! ~karen

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  9. Hi Frank..well if you was here you would have 1hour & 45 minutes before you would be another year older..; }
    I will be another year older in a few weeks myself!!
    Nice close up of the Brent.. lovely neck ring!!
    I've have so much enjoyed following your blog and look forward to continuing !!
    Have a good one!!

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  10. Very many happy returns young man; and here's to many more.

    A cracking shot of the Brent Frank.

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  11. Many happy returns Frank. I look forward to another 12 months blogging from you.

    I know what you mean about memory. Can remember events from about 4 years old but have no idea whether I make a cup of tea half an hour ago ;)

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  12. Happy Birthday, Frank. I follow your blog and the title of today's post caught my eye as I am also a year older today. :)
    I am also fond of Brent Geese, partly because they are easy to watch and photograph, as they come in quite close to the sea walls, unlike the other goose species that winter here.

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  13. Happy Birthday Frank. Keep going on your fun and informative blog. I remember when you started way back when.

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  14. Frank hope you have a very Happy Birthday, and look forward to more great posts. This goose is superb, or as the other Frank might sat "Its A Cracker"

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  15. A very happy birthday to you Frank. Have a great day, a great meal and oh what a handsome one is this close up~

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  16. Happy birthday Frank, I look forward to following your wonderful blog updates. Best wishes for the year ahead. Linda

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  17. Brent Geese are lovely little characters :). Happy Birthday!

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  18. Marvelous close-up of the Brant! Wishing you Happy Birthday and another productive year for you of birding and blogging!

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  19. Hi Everyone ... Many, many THANKS for all your kind birthday wishes and delighted you enjoyed the close encounter with tht Brant.

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  20. Nicholas Martens. Thanks for dropping by and the kind wishes. I've had a quick peek at your blog but I'll return for a more indepth read very soon.

    Thanks Red. My interest in the other insects, particularly butterflies and dragonflies is very much linked to now being able to capture some reasonable images with a DSLR .... hopefully more will fly in front of the lens in 2011 just for you.

    Faith 'Fay' Jordan. Nice to hear from another Brant lover. I'll drop in on your blog very soon.

    Richard. It now seems ages ago but thanks for continuing to support me and keeping me entertained.

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  21. Happy Birthday Frank. I don't know how I keep missing these posts. I think the time difference is part of it. I'm sure it can't be that I'm getting older. Nice photo too!

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  22. Many happy returns Frank. That Brent is stunning!!

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  23. "The old grey goose, he ain't what he used to be...many long years ago!" Do you know the song, Frank? It seemed appropo!

    The goose is a perfect shot to go with your post. I have the same problem with my memory, though my spouse never complains to me about it. I notice it myself, however. Sure wish I could do something about that short-term memory thing! Oh well, glad to see you are still enjoying life anyways!

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  24. Hi Kathie. It sure rings a bell somewhere!

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  25. Happy belated birthday!
    New memory banks... yeah, that would be nice.
    Funny to me too how I can recall photos from 2004, but not situations, people or conversations non-photo related... *sigh* :)
    Hope you had a great day!
    (And keep up the great work with your camera!)

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  26. Hi Nicole. Appreciate the birthday wishes. Yes, I have a photographic memory for faces, places etc. but struggle to recall the names! If and when the weather perks up the camera will definitely get a bashing.

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