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Sat 28th November 2009

Posted on November 29, 2009 at 9:00 AM

birds : Rain, rain, rain! It's not even thinking of stopping at the moment. It has rained on 26 of the 28 days this month apparently and often heavy. Every time I've had a thought of popping out for a bit of birding at lunchtimes it has been teeming down. I have checked the bays from the car but nothing doing. The most notable bird item was at school on Friday when I noticed a Rabbit on the playing fields. I pointed it out to Dan and Chris, then Maddie came in and showed her year 7 class, who all came to look at it out of the window. I said under my breath "I wouldn't have done that if I were you - I've a feeling those gulls are gonna peck its eyes out!". No sooner had I said it than a Great Black-backed Gull strolled over to the dopey bunny, picked it up in its bill and hurled in in the air. The girl's "awwwws" soon turned into terrified squeals as they witnessed the anticipated bloodbath. Dan and I ran out in the pouring rain and scared the gulls off and luckily the rabbit was still alive, although clearly quite "mixi". The Animal Shelter took it away and we were temporary heroes.

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With my new improved Photoshop skills I have recently started to convert my old slides to digital. There are probably more professional ways of doing it but I am placing the slide on a piece of white perspex on top of my microscope base which has the bright bulb underneath, then with my scope adapter attached to the camera, placing it over the slide and getting ok results after photoshopping. Well actually most of them are of a pretty poor quality but it is the photo rather than the technique! Looking back at my pre-digital photos they are pretty crap even though I thought they were ace at the time! Here are a selection from Israel in 1993-1994. 

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Little Green Bee-eater

'Caucasian' Stonechat (variegata)

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baby Ibex

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Striated Scops Owl

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Blackstart

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a handsome young chap rings a Graceful Warbler

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nonsense : With all this rain, football was cancelled again, but our coach managed to organise a last-minute friendly on the astroturf at St Sampsons School. It was a great game and we won quite easily. The smooth surface suits my game a lot better - proper football rather than the thuggish variety we sometimes get - so I played pretty well with some trademark Brazilian flicks and tricks despite the constant rain! Whilst there we were surprised and quite disgusted to see Snow White and Cinderella sneaking a crafty fag outside the fire exit (Christmas parade in Town today - It will never as good as when I was Bashful the Dwarf a couple of years ago! - there was talk of a BAFTA. . .). Below is something I found - especially for any fellow Pulp Fiction fans.

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Categories: 2009 Autumn