Thursday, December 31, 2009

Goodbye, 2009...

January is Big Garden Birdwatch time and a gang of Jackdaws turned up to demolish my bird food stocks

Bee on Chaenomeles
This bee found some early-flowering Chaenomeles in February

The mirador
At the end of March, I spent a few days in and around Tarifa in southern Spain. Here's a view across the Estrecho to Morocco

Beetle larva
Tried a bit of pond-dipping in April, and found lots of these guys - diving beetle larvae.

Broad-bodied Chaser
Also in the garden, this maturing male Broad-bodied Chaser perched on a nettle on a May day

Blue-tailed Damselfly
In June I somehow managed to take this arty photo of a Blue-tailed Damselfly, which won The Guardian's competition and got printed! Woohoo!

Large Skipper
July was the time for Large Skippers and long evenings

Swallow fledglings
While in August, we watched broods of young Swallows in the garden

Small Copper
The summer was over, but there were still Small Coppers to see in September

Autumn leaves
And October brought its own delights in the form of autumn leaves

House Sparrow
We caught some more House Sparrows during ringing in November

A blur of activity
Er, here's one I took earlier this month: hard weather in December made life hard for birds

You can browse the whole year's photos here


  1. Looks like you had a beautiful year filled with wonderful sights. I hope 2010 is filled with great sightings too.

    Happy New years to you and your family.

  2. Anonymous11:44 am

    Fabulous images Katie. I look forward to your 2010 gallery.

  3. Nices! Best Wishes for 2010 from all at Tense Towers.

  4. Super memories for 2009. Happy New Year.

  5. A great review of 2009. My favourite being the Swallow feeding its young.
    Very best wishes for 2010.

  6. I LOVE them all! Fabulous shots!!

  7. Thanks for all your lovely comments! I'll do my best to take some nice photos this year too. :o)

    Bring on spring...