Wednesday, April 13, 2005


Judith, feeding some geese, probably Chinese Geese. Posted by Hello

Flamingoes and their nesting platforms. Slimbridge raises a number of chicks every year. Posted by Hello

A male Ruddy Duck, doing his best mating display. The female was not impressed.... Posted by Hello

A Mallard, seekin' muck. Posted by Hello

The Whoopers were bonding like crazy all the time we were there. Posted by Hello

The water looked pristine on this Whooper Swan's head. Posted by Hello

This is a Whitefaced Whistling Duck. Posted by Hello

This is also a Whitefaced Whistling Duck. Posted by Hello

Don't know what this is, but maybe a type of Scoter? Posted by Hello

This looks very much like a Bahama Pintail to me, as illustrated by a painting in my aged Collins Pocket Guide to British Birds (1971 reprint, plate 49!) Posted by Hello

I can't find this in my Collins paperback book of Birds. I think it must be an exotic, but if anyone recognises it, please let me know..... Posted by Hello

Some flamingoes are pinker than others..... Posted by Hello

A ne ne, or Hawiian Goose. They are extremely tame at Slimbridge, and feed from the hand willingly. Posted by Hello

I think these are Goldeneyes, but they aren't identical to the ones in my book! Posted by Hello

On Sunday last Judith and I decided to go to Slimbridge, the Wetlands and Wildfowl Trust Centre on the Severn Estuary north of Bristol. I got "inspired" with my camera, and these are some of the better results. Posted by Hello

Friday, April 08, 2005

The (entertainingly amended) sign for Goodnestone, Kent, to which the Cock family was almost certainly connected in the 1700s.  Posted by Hello

Holy Cross Church, Goodnestone, Kent, where my Great Great Great Grandfather John Cock was born in 1756. Posted by Hello

All Saints Church, Chillenden in Kent, where my Great Great Great Grandfather John Cock married Elizabeth Smithson in 1786. Posted by Hello

The sign for Fordwich, Kent, where my grandfather lived at the time of the 1891 Census. Miles inland, it was nevertheless the original port for Canterbury, and ships sailed up the Stour to unload here - hence the Cinque Port status Posted by Hello

Jubilee Cottages in Fordwich, Kent, where my grandfather lived as a small boy in the 1890s. Posted by Hello

The village of Stodmarsh, Kent, in early-morning April mist. Posted by Hello

The village sign for Stodmarsh, Kent, where my grandfather was born. Posted by Hello

The River Stour, at Stodmarsh, Kent Posted by Hello