Fraggle Report~ Druridge Bay ~ February 2018~ Part 1

After our encounter with the Giant Spoon and the Alien Sophie and I got back in the car and headed off to Druridge Bay and the country park there. The History Bit Druridge Bay is a 7 miles long bay on the coast of Northumberland. During World War II, defences were constructed around Druridge Bay as part of the anti-invasion preparations. The defences included scaffolding barriers and anti-tank blocks overlooked by pillboxes; and behind these were minefields and an anti-tank ditch. Between the hamlets of Druridge and Cresswell, anti-glider ditches were dug and there is still a brick-built decoy control there…

Northumberland Country Zoo ~ September 2017

I have mixed feelings about zoo’s, on the one hand I can’t help feeling animals and birds should be free, on the other hand seeing and photographing animals and birds you don’t/can’t normally see in daily life is always a thrill.  I only found out about Northumberland Zoo this year, so back in September Sophie and I went off to see what it was all about.  The zoo only got their licence in 2015, so it is quite new, and their philosophy is as good as it gets. Our mission is to become a leader in the education and conservation…

River Tyne Cruise~July 2017~ end bit

After the cruise, we wandered about the Quayside and went to get some lunch. The Tyne bridge, apart from being an icon in it’s own right, is also famous in bird land for being the home of choice for kittiwakes to nest upon.  As the ledges they use are quite slim & perilous, one has to wonder at their bravado, or is that dimness? The chicks fall off onto the roads sometimes, and as it’s before they’ve figured out what wings are for, they perish by being run over, or just starve.  Their parents don’t seem to bother, we realised…

Fraggle Report~Washington Wildfowl Trust~March 2017

One of the first outings Sophie and I had this year, was to visit the wildfowl trust at Washington, a reasonably regular haunt as the birds there are cool to see. First though we went to see the building of the new bridge across the River Wear in Sunderland.  It’s a bit of a behemoth and will link up Castletown to Pallion, or, as my hubby says, will link up one shit~hole to another shit~hole 🙂 I think they must be trying to have an iconic bridge, as Newcastle has 7 beautiful ones, and the other Sunderland bridges are pig…

Poland ~April 2017~ Beaver Dam & stuff.

After our walk in Big Wood, Eddy took us out in his trusty van to the shop for some bits and bobs, and just down the road was a nest on top of a telephone post, home to a pair of storks on the way back to the house we stopped to visit the Beaver Dam which was quite amazing to me as I’d never seen one before. They’d diverted a little stream that runs along the side of the road and made a huge pond You can see the damage they are doing to the trees There were some pretty…

Tynemouth Murder Mystery Tour ~Part 2

Part 1 HERE Tynemouth Boating lake was made in Victorian times, you can row around it and it’s home to swans and ducks and other watery birds, and as one of our clues was found there I took a few shots , there was a dramatic sky that day! These chaps run the boat hiring. Police box 16 which has been up for sale since 2015 and as far as I know is still available!   Part of our quest involved a long walk along the coast, in the picture below you can see South Shields and Herd Groyne lighthouse…

Farne Islands July 2016 ~ part 3

Part 1  Part 2 Apart from Puffins, Arctic Terns breed during the summer on Inner Farne, they attack you if you get too near their chicks by dive bombing your head, so it’s best to wear a hat. They are pretty though, baby sitting (you can just see the chick underneath mum) I got a herd of shots the year before of gulls and cormorants, so didn’t do too many this time, (concentrating on the in-flight puffin shots!) Peek-a-boo I see no ships Duck pond The weather was lovely so some nice blue skies and sea and then time to…

Fraggle Report~ Farne Islands July 2016 ~part 1

Sophie and I finally got our trip to the Farne Islands a couple of weeks after the Bamburgh expedition. We’d wanted to go back as when we went in 2015 Sophie had forgotten her telephoto lens, and neither of us was any good at getting flying birds in focus, so a re-visit was in order. Awaiting the boat our lunch was shared with a baby Starling, Mum on guard Lovely blue skies as we sailed out of the harbour but 15 mins out to sea and looking back to the shoreline, the clouds were gathering over Bamburgh Castle but never…