Rutland Day

A post… with birds in!

Yesterday Leigh and I decided to head off to Rutland Water to have a look at the Red-necked Grebe that has been hanging about off the dam for a week or so. We’d taken Minnie Mü and had hoped for a pleasant stroll and a bit of birding, something I haven’t really done for months, although I guess in a way I’m always birding. As we approached it became clear that there was something else going on… Rutland Day. It was taking place at Syke’s Lane too. Oh well, £5 later we were parked in a field a long way from where I wanted to be.

First off we decided to travel light, camera only with the 200mm zoom, and head for Normanton Church. I’m no great fan of Rutland Water at the best of times but the amount of ignorant cyclists charging about made me want to knock one of them off. Anglian Water… how about some extra cycle lanes? We passed the Grebe by the valve tower and carried on. I had a sneaky plan to park closer later and digiscope.

Conkers

Conkers

Gone Fishin'

Gone Fishin’

Minnie Mü

Minnie Mü

Normanton Church

Normanton Church

On the way back we were treated to a fly past by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Douglas Dakota (we had seen a Spitfire and Hurricane earlier heading for Duxford before I had a chance to get the camera out).

BBMF Douglas C-47 Dakota ZA947

BBMF Douglas C-47 Dakota ZA947

BBMF Douglas C-47 Dakota ZA947

BBMF Douglas C-47 Dakota ZA947

Back at the Red-necked Grebe, I cut my losses and took a few appaling record shots as the sneaky way in from the South side has been blocked off!

Red-necked Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

Back at Syke’s Lane we had a wander round the show and stopped by to watch the excellent Rock and Roll band The Houndogs on stage.

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

The Houndogs

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

Not wanting to picnic in a field we headed back to Oakham where I saw this fantastic old Pre-Worboys road sign.

Pre-Worboys Sign

Pre-Worboys Sign

Bad Moon Rising

Last night was the first chance I’d had to see the Supermoon since the End Of Days predicted by Nathan Rao in The Daily Express… a paper so mad it now inadvertently rivals the Daily Mash!

Supermoon

Supermoon

Hornet

Yesterday evening Leigh and I went out into the garden with our Sunday Dinner just before 20.00. I was aware of a chewing noise coming from the garden fence. Aware that we have a Wasps Vespa sp. nest in the roof-space I was expecting to see a Common Wasp Vespula vulgaris chewing up the wood for pulp for their nest. what I wasn’t expecting was a European Hornet Vespa crabro munching away. as the sun was sinking behind nearby houses I ran in and grabbed my Nikon Coolpix P310, probably not ideal for the job but at least I could shoot some video.

European Hornet Vespa crabro

European Hornet Vespa crabro

My first attempt led to the Hornet flying off – I thought for good but it soon returned and set about our fence with an appetite similar to mine for my Roast Pork dinner.

On it’s return I did manage a short video clip and I decided to try a bit of Black & White macro photography.

European Hornet Vespa crabro

European Hornet Vespa crabro

 

My Lords & Ladies

Over the Spring we noticed a good showing of Arum Lilies Arum maculatum otherwise know as Lords And Ladies or more peculiarly Parson In The Pulpit along Tom Long’s Meadow in Quorn. Successive contractors haves trimmed the hell out of most of them but a few have survived though most have taken a battering even now. Quite why contractors are employed to ‘tidy up’ nature reserves I’ll never know.

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Arum Lily Arum maculatum

As we walked Minnie Mü yesterday Leigh spotted a couple more spikes near the Bulls Head pub in Quorn, so today I stuffed my trusty Nikon Coolpix in my pocket on the walk. Even these spikes had taken a bit of a beating but I managed a couple of half-decent macro shots.

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Arum Lily Arum maculatum

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Arum Lily Arum maculatum

I think after spotting a few good landscape views towards Breedon-on-the-Hill and the church I might have to check out Cloud Wood LRWT. Dave Gray informs me there are a few spikes there but they might take a bit of searching out.

Loughborough Cruisers Classic Car Show

Some photos from back on June 15th at the classic car show.

Triumph TR6

Triumph TR6

Triumph Gentry

Triumph Gentry

Triumph Dolomite

Triumph Dolomite

Pontiac

Pontiac

Lambretta GT125

Lambretta GT125

Jaguar MkII

Jaguar MkII

Ford V8 Pilot

Ford V8 Pilot

Ford Consul & Jaguar MkII

Ford Consul & Jaguar MkII

Ford Capri

Ford Capri

The Blacksmith's Arms

The Blacksmith’s Arms

Bedford CA

Bedford CA

For music lovers… Pink Cadillac

Pink Cadillac

Pink Cadillac

Phoenix

After the disaster of last season football fans in Hinckley have a team to support again… Hinckley AFC. A good crowd of 215 saw an entertaining and hard fought game at Heather St John’s FC, where Hinckley AFC are groundsharing this season. Despite the loss and the fact they put out two distinct teams they held their own against a much bigger club. Good luck for the season!

Hinckley AFC 0-2 Tamworth

Hinckley AFC 0-2 Tamworth

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Hinckley AFC 0-2 Tamworth

Hinckley AFC 0-2 Tamworth

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Hinckley AFC 0-2 Tamworth

Hinckley AFC 0-2 Tamworth

 

Ivor Viggen

Hot on the heels of my last post from RAF Waddington comes a bit more Swedish Noir… this time in the form of one of my all-time favourite aircraft the Saab AJS37 Viggen 52-7 of the Swedish Airforce Historical Flight. What a supberb aircraft and what a display. It took me back to my aircraft modelling days of the 70s and also the scream put both Dave and I in mind of the Angel Interceptors on Captain Scarlett.

Viggen has an interesting translation into English. It can mean Thunderbolt but it can equally mean Tufted Duck… I think the Saab 37 Tufted Duck didn’t go down well with the Airforce top brass!

Saab AJS37 Viggen 52-7

Saab AJS37 Viggen 52-7

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