18th January 2021 – Eastville Park, Bristol

The sun only seems to shine at the weekends but I can’t cope with the huge number of people taking their daily lockdown exercise in our local park at that time; and so I have to content myself with seeing the world in black and white on a dull day.

A pied wagtail had no other colours to show anyway. However, the kingfisher did provide enough colour to make an impression on my camera sensor and put a smile on the face of the visitors to the park who are now getting used to spotting it on the aptly named island in the middle of the lake.


9th January 2021 – Eastville Park, Bristol

I felt like ranting and raving about the injustice of two girls being fined £200 for driving 5 miles to go for a socially distanced walk around a beauty spot in Derbyshire. I was even more furious this morning when I found that it was impossible to socially distance when walking around my local park due to the lack of consideration of other walkers and especially runners who make little or no effort to give you a wide birth as you pass. Both young and old looked at us as if we were bonkers as we continuously stepped off the path or stopped to allow others to pass. I bet there are a fair number of those who made no effort at all who are quick to blame politicians for whatever measures they take to stop the pandemic.

However, I then saw a kingfisher and I calmed down.


6th January 2021 – Clifton Down, Bristol

Reports of a pair of firecrests on The Downs in Bristol enticed us out on a gloomy cold day. We didn’t see them but we did enjoy our lockdown ration of one daily exercise.

The best of the birds we saw were a pair of redwing and a jay. It needed fairly bright birds to get any sort of photograph in the very poor light.


As we returned to our car there was a very surreal moment when we heard the very loud roar of a lion. With lockdown (and the lack of cars) we had forgotten that we had parked right next to Bristol Zoo.