Friday, 15 April 2011

Friday at the Flicks - Tadpoles, Wood Pigeon, Wren

Not the best of days today. Spent ages trying to beat a WiFi PCI card into submission, waited in for three days now for a delivery which seems to have gone AWOL and watched paint dry while the video clips uploaded to YouTube. Anyway, got there in the end though it took a while for my remaining grey cell to work out what YouTube had done with the 'embed' facility. Now I have to click on the 'share' button which then reveals the 'embed' button. Why do the encoders at these places have to keep messing about and making it more difficult to use?

The last time I filmed the tadpoles in the nursery pond was on the 2nd of this month when they were skinny little things with large external gills. This morning I filmed them again. They have matured well in the past two weeks and are now large enough to enjoy eating floating Koi sticks as well as all the algae they are scraping off everything in the nursery pond.

 This morning I saw a Wood Pigeon sat on the ivy growing the other side of my fence and having a grand tuck in to the ripe berries.

Finally, also seen this morning,  a Wren sat on top of my artificial wagon wheel having a very energetic preening session. It may appear to be speeded up but it is actually filmed at normal speed. To give an idea of the size of a Wren to those who are not familiar with them - the wood of the wheel is about 2 inches (50mm) wide.

Have a great weekend observing the wildlife around you.


  1. John, clicked in at seven this morning I really enjoy your videos. The Wren takes the crown this week. I really haven't the patience for You Tube. Microsoft should have better or Google as that's who we are all posting through.............for free.......I likes free! Even Flickr takes ages to upload compressed images. When we were lads we couldn't afford a camera so things have moved on.

  2. Sounds like a most frustrating time! Fortunately for us, we didn't have to wait for your videos. Boy, those tadpoles are really beefing up! They look very lively and healthy. Nice to see that the Wood Pigeon enjoying the berries. The little Qren looked quite fastidious, and just plain fast! Great to see in such detail.


Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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