Tonight I’m doing a bit of blog housekeeping. I’ve been thinking for some time that I should click that delete button. Don’t worry shirls gardenwatch is safe… unless I make the wrong selection! (Phew... all went as planned)
I’ve had two other blogs that I simply don’t get around to updating. One has had extra bird photos and the other extra plant ones. There have been occasions where I have linked to some postings on these blogs. So I can keep a link intact I have copied over this post and am republishing it here. This posting below was originally posted on October 27th 2008. I have added an extra update on Springwatch returning to Pensthorpe for this year at the end of my photos.
Springwatch 2008 saw Bill Oddie and Kate Humble presenting this very popular BBC Two nature programme from Pensthorpe Nature Reserve in Norfolk – the new host for the show. Viewers followed action from the reserve including nesting birds – all fascinating stuff. However, I would like to highly recommend a visit in person at any time of the year! There really is so much to see - a great day out.
Below are photos from my visit in July 2008 showing some birds that caught my eye. You can read the accompanying story here where you will also find a couple of short, shaky videos (originally uploaded to BlipTV) newly uploaded again. We were on holiday during our visit but if I lived in that area I would be very tempted to buy a Pensthorpe Club Card so I could pop in any time!
My sincere thanks go to members of the BirdForum for their help in ID's for all but a few of my photos. I am more familiar with garden birds which you may know if you are a regular visitor. I was a little out of my depth here...
Red creasted Pochard (Male in eclipse plumage)
Common Pochard (Male)
Mandarin Duck (Female)
Mute Swan Cygnets
White Cheeked Pintail
Red breasted Goose
Moorhen and juveniles
Black-necked Stilt (Juvenile)
Further Update April 21st:
Browsing this morning has just led me to a BBC page on Pensthorpe. Wonderfully, Springwatch 2010 will be hosted at Pensthorpe for a third year.
“Presenters Kate Humble and Chris Packham will be based on the estate near Fakenham, reporting on the latest wildlife drama from around the UK.
"It's absolutely brilliant news... and a great coup for Norfolk," said Deb Jordan, owner of Pensthorpe.
Springwatch 2010 is on air for three weeks from Monday, 31 May, on BBC Two.
"Springwatch has proved that nature is endlessly fascinating. It doesn't matter if it's really familiar species like blue tits, as the story changes every year," said Kate Humble, speaking to BBC Norfolk."