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Posted on Jul 27, 2011 in Blog, Wildlife | 0 comments

Young Wild Boar

Young Wild Boar

Whilst tending to our vegetable patch (a beautiful location by the river, lent to us by friends) we heard a rustling in undergrowth along the riverbank and we were astonished to see a young wild boar.  With no sign of any others we suspected he may be orphaned. He appeared to be more hungry than frightened.  I managed to take this video (compact camera, hence the quality). Share...

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Posted on May 2, 2011 in Blog, Wildlife | 0 comments

Croaking at the riverside

Croaking at the riverside

The past few weeks has seen the commencing of the frogs singing on the banks and pools along the river. For such a small creature their croaks are extremely loud across the water. The edible frog (also known as the common water frog or green frog) is aided by vocal air sacs that amplify their croak. They are quite challenging to locate on the water’s edge though today Belinda spotted 2 through her binoculars. I opted to get a closer look so climbed over a rail and then in my eagerness tripped and slid down the bank …… the camera was unharmed. 3 or 4 more frogs lept into the water as I approached but 2 remained motionless amongst the reeds. Share...

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Posted on Apr 21, 2011 in Blog, Wildlife | 0 comments

From the archives – Stoat

From the archives – Stoat

The Asturian coast close to the town of Villaviciosa is a favourite area for bird watching.  This particular morning the sun was strong and taking photos of little egrets or any bird with white plumage was impossible.  We were fortunate to watch an osprey fishing in the estuary, demolishing a huge fish whilst perched on a post.  Nice views through the scope. However, the highlight for me was a classic case of right time, right place.  I cannot imagine repeating it again so easily. Initially I thought it was a red squirrel jumping along the sand but as it entered a gap within the large boulders that made up the base of the seawall I realised it was something different.  I’ve never seen a stoat so close. We were positioned on a well constructed boardwalk built on top of the seawall.  As we peered down the stoat weaved its way through the boulders and would pop its head up to check where we were.  I clicked away but the...

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