Springwatch (sort of) over here…
I know I hardly ever blog any more (lack of time and camera equipment), but I do still take photos from time to time and mean to post them here. I thought of blogging earlier today (when I looked at pics from last month, more of which below), but especially when I looked at the tv guide and saw that the BBC are doing a Springwatch special tonight: Charles in The Netherlands, it made me think of you! I know you love Spring (and Autumn) Watch, so I hope that this draws your attention to it and gives a little Spring blog from the UK too.
Today I looked again at these photos I took recently of a heron visiting our little garden pond. I love the dozens of frogs who occupy the pond in the mating season, churning up the surface with their madly amorous goings-on. I love the fact that a third or more of the pond is filled with frogspawn each year.
So I’m a little conflicted when I also love seeing a predator use our garden; the heron, a snake-like (I love snakes) master hunter who plucked the frog out and carried it off. I did cringe and mourn the loss of the wee frog, but I figure that the heron has chicks to feed too, and I’m grateful that my garden is a little ecosystem.
Speaking of predators… in the last few months I have seen Red Kites regularly over my home area (and other local areas). Nice to see that this beautiful bird’s range is extending into South Surrey.