The one that got away
I had a surprise this morning: looking out of my front window onto a tree only a few feet away on the other side of the lane, my attraction was caught by a rather lively bird. It was a woodpecker.
The area where I live has quite a lot of wildlife, both birds and small mammals. The birds include various tits, nightingales and assorted birds of prey, including little owls. I knew that there were woodpeckers in the area, but I’d seen no evidence of any for more than ten years.
I immediately went to get the camera out, but before I could get it set up, a magpie came along and frightened the woodpecker away.
(The mammals are all the usual suspects you’d find in the countryside – mice, rabbits, foxes, moles, badgers, the ubiquitous rats [which are kept under control by the foxes] – and some less common creatures such as weasels, voles and shrews.)
As I can’t supply pictures of the woodpecker (I’ll keep my eyes open and try to fix that in the next few days), here are some more steam engines. These pictures were taken on the Great Central Railway, which runs between Loughborough and the outskirts of Leicester. At their Autumn steam gala this weekend, they inaugurated a new turntable; but some teething troubles meant that it took some eleven men to turn one engine, suggesting some balance work is still required…