2020 is a year which will be difficult to forget for those of us lucky enough to still be alive. For me, it meant lockdown exercise on the local industrial estate in Devon and meandering along the banks of the River Teign. I also got to spend time with my son and his girlfriend, sheltering from potential infection in London, and had a really precious, wonderful time with them.
Here’s the view from a social distancing walk:
The year had started so promisingly with Redwings and Mistle Thrushes in the churchyard in front of my house:
And there was time to visit Brixham and see a Shag catch a Pouting at the breakwater:
And then had fun blogging about it:
I was thrilled to see a Great Northern Diver catching crabs very close in the harbour and documented it in Surely that’s got to scratch on the way down? and The adventures of Dick and Titty at Brixham breakwater. Brixham became one of my favourite places.
Perhaps the highlight of the year was locating the nest of a Long-Tailed Bushtit and photographing the parents and aunts and uncles arriving with caterpillars for the growing brood in The Caterpillar Service:
Here’s the full story:
The Caterpillar Service – Day One
The Caterpillar Service – Day Two
The Caterpillar Service – Day Three
The Caterpillar Service – Day Four
The Caterpillar Service – Day Five
The Caterpillar Service – Day Six
The Caterpillar Service – Day Seven
The Caterpillar Service – Day Eight
I learned the virtue of patience, with long hours waiting and observing. After all, I had no work or income, so standing staring at a hedge seemed a viable alternative.
I took some of my favourite images, which thrill me still, during that glorious week in May.
In June I spent a few evenings staring into the sky trying to track fast moving birds in flight. I wanted to practice and improve my technique. Here’s how I got on:
I’ve definitely got better, don’t you think?
I managed a trip to Brixham and Berry Head:
And that was just the first six months of the year. I think I’ll keep the next six months for tomorrow. It’s worth reflecting at leisure, isn’t it?