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Paris
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« Reply #240 on: November 03, 2015, 10:06:41 AM »

Great shot, as usual, KF. Whilst it is a little troubling how more and more fields are being transformed to horse grazing with few, if any, wildlife features, it does represent a bit of tranquility. BTW - do you know when the new edition of the Ordnance Survey Map with your photo on the front is going to be available?

Better than them ending up as chicken farms or housing estates, and while horse fields may look barren if you look closely they are full of wildlife, not just the big stuff but masses of insects, including rare brown dung flies and stag beetles are to be found there.  The particular field in the picture is home to slow worms, grass snakes, toads, common newts; the abundance of insects means that in the evening bats are really common and can be seen most nights, not to mention the deer that graze there as well, there are also lots of badger and fox tracks, even weasels and stoats have been spotted on occasion.

Lovely pics as usual Kingfisher - the front of the OS map looks stunning.
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jumpingjackflash
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« Reply #241 on: November 03, 2015, 12:07:55 PM »

Kingfisher is doing a great job documenting the area we live in, but lets ensure that the book stays as 'current' and not photos of years gone by.... when the area as we know it becomes grabbed at for development.

Wish Kingfisher was able to produce a book of 'what was vs what is'..... if this is possible at all... it may make people think more about the area they live in, and how its rapidly changing... sometimes for the worst....

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« Reply #242 on: February 03, 2016, 02:38:29 PM »

Just another golden Cookham sunrise.....

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Paris
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« Reply #243 on: February 05, 2016, 01:15:29 PM »

Kingfisher is doing a great job documenting the area we live in, but lets ensure that the book stays as 'current' and not photos of years gone by.... when the area as we know it becomes grabbed at for development.

Wish Kingfisher was able to produce a book of 'what was vs what is'..... if this is possible at all... it may make people think more about the area they live in, and how its rapidly changing... sometimes for the worst....



Well said jumpingjackflash.  The way things look to be going sunrises with mist on the fields will soon be a thing of the past when all the fields have been built on and the waterways turned into canals with the throb of barge engines carrying out gravel . . .
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« Reply #244 on: February 22, 2016, 02:43:13 PM »

East Berkshire Countryside, Cookham.



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« Reply #245 on: February 22, 2016, 05:33:36 PM »

Just another golden Cookham sunrise.....



Breath taking ... and fine photography, kingfisher.
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« Reply #246 on: March 08, 2016, 02:36:29 PM »

A very rare fish for our part of The Thames, The Lamprey..
Unfortunately this one was a quick meal for a Great Crested Grebe....
Thanks for your kind comments Watchman..


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« Reply #247 on: March 08, 2016, 06:17:14 PM »

Very nice. Smiley
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monty
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« Reply #248 on: March 08, 2016, 06:33:40 PM »

Beautiful pics - breathtaking
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« Reply #249 on: March 09, 2016, 11:58:16 AM »

A very rare fish for our part of The Thames, The Lamprey..
Unfortunately this one was a quick meal for a Great Crested Grebe....





Quite spectacular, kingfisher.
The timing, the patience and the quality of the photograph are all to be commended.
You ought to send it off to an RSPB photographic competition.

PS - why is the Lamprey a rare fish in our part of the Thames?
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« Reply #250 on: March 10, 2016, 10:30:29 AM »

Lampreys are mostly found in salt water, few have been reported in the London area, but to be honest, i'm not too sure how many have been seen this far upstream from the sea..
As they are a parasite, feeding on the blood of fish, none have been fished for or caught by local fishermen (not that i've heard of..)
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« Reply #251 on: March 10, 2016, 04:58:35 PM »

Ah! wee country boys knows what that is. That is a young Elver, who has come all the way from the Sargasso Sea, and would have spent a few years in the streams and ponds, before swimming back to the same sea area to spawn as a mature eel.
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« Reply #252 on: March 10, 2016, 10:11:12 PM »

I think you'll find you're wrong Dragonman....
This is 100% a Lamprey, a completely different fish from the Freshwater Eel,,,,, whether you be from the country or town....
Having been a fisherman for over 40 years, i know the difference..
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« Reply #253 on: March 20, 2016, 10:47:09 AM »

A walk up Winter Hill (golf course end), watch the Red Kites from above them.. Great Place..

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« Reply #254 on: March 20, 2016, 09:04:20 PM »

Blimey Mick that Kite is amazing
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