Archive for May, 2010

Surrey Springtime

Thursley wildlife and birds in a Surrey Garden



Spiders webs glistening at Thursley common, in the bright sunshine on a dewy morning this last very hot weekend

Tame garden birds waiting for mealworms to feed their hungry babies.IMG_4644_b

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IMG_4446_bYesterday, a single parent Canada Goose took her 6 newly hatched goslings out onto the water for the very first time. They didn’t yet know what food is, but they began to catch on quite quickly after mum showed them that my bread is edible. Mother is very tame, so she swims up to me real close bringing her tiny cute furry babies right with her.

This gorgeous new family live on a lake at the back of my house, and the female must have arrived with her mate just over 45 days ago to build a nest and start her family by laying 6 eggs. It takes 9 days to lay 6 eggs followed by 36 days of incubation  . I never saw the male so I can only imagine he must have been taken by foxes sometime after mum had  laid the 6th egg. So mum must be fox wise now and will hopefully have learned a very valuable lesson to keep her goslings safe.

I took these pictures yesterday, thinking perhaps I may not have another photo opportunity to photograph her with all her six goslings. There are so many natural dangers around her, but this morning she still has all six. So now I can begin to hope for their survival.  I have my fingers crossed… 

Anyway, here are yesterdays photos. For more news and photos click my link —-> ‘Anitas wildlife blog’ <— click link  -  Gotta go,  feed the wildlife…

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Last weeks visit to Trentham Monkey Forest was delightful.  I have just received an email that 4 healthy new born baby girls arrived in the days following my visit.. The first one of the season the very next day ! … A photo opportunity missed. but I have no complaints I am happy with my photos..

Visit Trentham Monkey Forest yourselves and experience a walk amongst the 140+ Babary macaques roaming free in 60 acres of beautiful English woodlands. Spot the new born May babies. Stroll through the forest and be transported into a different world. It is truly amazing, and loads of fun -  even on a cold and wet day.

"Three naughty Boys"IMG_4217_w   IMG_4232_wIMG_4258_wIMG_4222_w   IMG_4224_wIMG_4266_w IMG_4271_w 29 year old girl. The oldest in the parkIMG_4305_wIMG_4292_wIMG_4275_w      IMG_4354_w IMG_4367_w IMG_4375_w IMG_4378_w IMG_4303_wIMG_4342_w