Today Sharon and I went across to RSPB Burton Mere to meet Findlay and his family, unfortunately mum Heather was poorly but it was a delight to meet Dad Nigel, brother Harley... and of course Findlay. The reason for meeting them despite wanting to meet this young man who has such a passion for the natural world, was to pass on a painting Sharon had done for him.
A while back Findlay posted this photo on his blog
The unique composure of the Shelduck and Pintails in a line really took Sharon's eye, and she produced this wonderful watercolour painting of Findlays photo...
Sharon had told Findlay he could have the painting if he liked it, which of course he did, we got it framed, and arranged with Heather to meet them locally at Burton Mere, so Sharon could pass it on to him.
It was a real pleasure to meet them this morning, they are a lovely family, and we will hopefully get out for a longer visit some where in the New Year, when hopefully Heather is better.... we hope you are soon!
Whilst there I rattled off a few snaps, to be honest we were chatting most of the time and the bitterly cold wind certainly didn't help, but at least I got some record shots of the visit.
Young Mute Swan
Lots of Rats feeding on the dropped seed, you either love them or hate them , I think they are quite cute, except the tails!!
A windswept Great Tit
An elusive Nuthatch
Lots of Goldfinches on the feeders
Findlay with Sharon