Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Extended hospitality…


I mentioned we’d had a lot of visitors to the garden, especially at the birdfeeder;  well look who turned up today!

On the roof of my workshop, a buzzard.

To think it was 2009 when I first saw (and wrote about, on this blog) a buzzard in this part of Derbyshire.

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It is as tough as ever being top  of the food chain, the rooks were not pleased by our guest. There was a spat.


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Having dismissed the rooks, the buzzard landed on the wall, and was joined by a second buzzard*.

Other guests included the beautiful thrush


and a timid robin.

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* I think the time is approaching to upgrade from my  world weary Canon ESO400D camera, any suggestions?


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

6 thoughts on “Extended hospitality…

  1. I had the 500D and then went full frame to the 6D. But the most important thing I did was to switch from a kit zoom lens to a 70-200 f4 L lens a number of years ago. It might be your lens not your camera. Now I’m lusting over a macro lens. Happy shopping.

  2. I have just purchased a Sigma 15-600 lens which is light enough for an old man to hold up steadily for hand held shots. We have no shortage of buzzards here but none so polite as to wait to be photographed. Good shots.

  3. I couldn’t afford “the best” when I purchased, but I have a Canon EOS Rebel T6s which I dearly love. Instead of the kit lens, I started with the 18-135mm as my walkaround lens. Then, I added the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, and eventually their EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM for birds. It’s not quite enough reach for the places I go, but I can’t afford any more, and it certainly does well enough. I prefer handheld, and the image stabilization is very good.

  4. It’s always good to see such birds. xx

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