Little ‘uns!

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A great time of the year
for observing youngsters

Goslings out and about at Fairhaven Lake

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Goslings on the march

A couple of weeks later and growing up

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I’m growing up and so gorgeous!

Swan takes its cygnets
for a tour of the lake

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Showing off!

In the garden
a young blackbird
tweets for attention

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Hey Dad! Over here!

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Ok, so I’ll meet you half way

And shows off its airborne ability

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I can fly! How clever am I!

 

 

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Herring Gulls

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Not everyone’s favourite bird

All the same
magnificent plumage
noisy
greedy
interesting characteristics

Gathering seaweed
for nesting material

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Gathering nesting material

This one hung around
hoping for a bite of
a tuna and cucumber sandwich

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Who you lookin’ at?

No chance!
Too hungry to share

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A splendid specimen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man with saxophone – Blackpool Beach

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Man with saxophone
pushes baby along Blackpool beach

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Man with saxophone and baby on Blackpool beach

He stops to play

It sounds wonderful
in the natural amphitheatre
of the beach at South Shore

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Blackpool beach – man with saxophone plays baby a lullaby

Nothing is considered strange
in Blackpool

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Man on beach with saxophone and baby – South Pier

That’s why it’s such a brilliant place
-full of quirkiness-

You just have to be there
to appreciate it!

Barnacles

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Barnacles

Fascinating little creatures

Barnacles

Attached to a whelk shell

Once a baby barnacle glues itself to a shell, rock, whale, turtle, boat or other object – it’s stuck there for the rest of its life.

It must be a bonus being attached to something that swims/gets buffeted about in the big seas.  Barnie reaps the benefits of being introduced to new feeding grounds full of juicy plankton.

Barnacles are filter feeders and are harmless to the beasties/objects they’ve selected as their anchor.  They’re merely using them either as a mode of transport or a fixed place where the tides wash in and out.

The beasties
are unlikely to notice
they’re wearing
a coat of many barnacles

Barnacles are related to crabs and lobsters, and can live for 5-10 years. They date back millions of years and are possibly one of the oldest surviving creatures on the planet.

I’ve never seen barnacles
attached to a throw-away food carton

Barnacles

Attached to a food carton

 

Random pondering

If the carton disintegrates,
will the barnacles
lose their hold on life?

Fascinating little creatures

Nothing to see?

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A Lytham day in October

Sky
Sea
Space

Nothing to see

Across the Ribble estuary

 

A Blackpool day
in October

Dots of activity on the beach

A Blackpool Day

Peeping from under South Pier

Another Blackpool Day
last day of September

Same vantage point

High Tide

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Different day – same vantage point – high tide