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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Dotty Dog Dotty, the Nature Hides, Dragonflies and Birds of Prey



Dotty, our lovable mongrel bitch, is a complete fruit cake when she thinks she can get out into the fields for a good long run. She knows when we are planning our visit to the bird hides and begins to start yelping and whining - fearful that she might be left behind. 

We can't say, "Calm down Dotty, you are coming too." Because that will make her even more excited. She will start to bark her head off with excitement. Our cat, Bob looks on with an expression that seems to say, "What's the big deal."

Inside the car, she knows we mean business and then the barking starts. We can't shut her up for the first few moments as dotty Dotty the excitable dog just can't contain her excitement. It takes about fifteen minutes to drive to the nature reserve and  dotty Dotty settles into a combination of heavy panting a whining.

Once there, we escort her over the bridge by the pumping station, and she is off. She zooms up the bridal path below the dyke where various bird hides look out across the fen towards the distant spires of Ely Cathedral. Carole and I walk for some time allowing dotty Dotty to get her over excitement out of her system. Eventually, she does and we select a bird hide to look out of.

Inside, Dotty settles down while we open the shutter windows to do some bird watching and talk about all sorts of things. We have coffee and a few cheese and biscuits too.

We spotted many birds of prey from Buzzards, Marsh Harriers, Kestrels and Hobbies. Also swans and Goldfinches too. Some of the snaps are below.




























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