...entitled: 'You can't always get what you want'. It seems appropriate.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIX0ZDqDljA [Copy this and try pasting into your browser! Ignore the advert.]
It's my all time favourite Rolling Stones track. Play it loud.
Cut to the quick, Chris!
Ok. Sunday I went up to South Shields to see a very smart drake long-tailed duck. I broke one of my key rules: never leave it till the third day. Meant to go Saturday. Should have: it had gone. Had to make do with the also-rans.
Rock pipit on the pier.
Sanderling huddle on the beach by the pier.
Best shots were probably my best ever of purple sandpiper [looking quite purple in some shots!] on the rocks [by the pier!] Here are my 2 favourites.
It's uncanny how Sheila can spot a tree sparrow in our garden with confidence when, with my eyes I need bins to make sure. She's always right. I love to have them in the garden as they come so rarely - some years not at all. But they only come when it's very cold. One has been coming most days this month so, today [16/12], I decided to see if I could get a photo.
Once I got set up in the back bedroom the tree sparrow had disappeared. I snapped a couple of house sparrows in the winter sunshine.
Eventually the tree sparrow appeared but was partially obscured by twigs.
Another half hour went by and I got these shots on the feeder outside the kitchen window. All shots through double glazing.