Garden Birds in Lockdown

So we have a lockdown in the UK right now and if you are not a key worker you are only allowed out for one bit of exercise per day and for essential food shopping.  Clearly the exercise bit is open to interpretation because when I went for a short walk I was passed by numerous cyclist who were obviously doing the Guild Wheel cycle route. That’s a 21 mile route around the city and it was a lot busier than an average weekday.  I guess some people will stretch that one daily exercise out quite a bit.

Anyway, I’m digressing from the the main topic of this post, which is photographing Garden Birds while isolated at home.  I’ve noticed some days are busier with birds in the garden than others and I haven’t worked out why, so that means somedays you have to be really patient.

I order to attract more birds, it would have been useful to have a better selection of bird food too but we are where we are so to speak and we seem to get around half a dozen different species on a fairly regular basis.

The photos here have all been taking over the last few days using the Fuji X-T3 with 100-400mm lens attached. Many have been shot through the window so are probably not of the highest quality but generally I am happy with the results. See what you think…

A visit to Cuerden Park

It wasn’t a planned visit to Cuerden Park. We had been out and about visiting local DIY stores, searching for something or other, which was pretty mundane. We did however remember that there was a cafe at Cuerden Park which was only five minutes away and so we set off, more in hope of finding a coffee and a place to relax for a while than taking any pictures.

As it happens, we didn’t get the coffee. We hadn’t counted on the cafe being like the place  in Lancashire for dog owners. Every table was taken. It would appear that this is the place to go if you are a ‘professional’ dog-walker, because everyone seemed to have at least three dogs lashed around the seats and table legs.

So, no space for us in the cafe but we did still enjoy a walk around the country park, albeit as the only ones without dogs in tow!

Here are a few pictures…

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First game of year ends in defeat for PNE Ladies

The first game of the year for PNE Ladies ended in defeat as they lost three nil against a strong Cammell Laird side. Preston started brightly and had the best of the early play but Laird gradually started to get their game together, pushing PNE back as the half went on.

At half time Preston trailed by one goal and there wasn’t much in it.  The second half continued as the first had finished though with Cammell Laird the stronger team. They sealed victory with two more goals and it was a deserved win for the visitors. A disappointing day for PNE Ladies. PNE battled right till the end and I’m sure they won’t have to wait too long for a first victory of 2019.