Wednesday, 5 July 2017

30 Days Wild! // 2017 Summary


30 Days Wild. This June (and for some years before this too) The Wildlife Trusts are encouraging more people to get out and 'do something wild' - no not wild like 17 years olds get on a Saturday night in your local, sticky floored, sleazy nightclub - for a full 30 days! Be it enjoying a sunset, feeding the birds or anything in-between it's time to challenge yourself to appreciate and respect our wild world.
For some unknown reason I've actually never taken part and long story short...well as you can see, I took part this year. I combined it with my project 365 so each photo for my P365 in June was outdoors and I'm pretty darn proud of that on a whole disregarding anything else. However, I was also a little chuffed with a few of the amazing wild guys I got to hang out with this month and thought maybe you'd like to have a peek too. Originally I was gonna do a 'top 15' kind of deal but a couple more have slipped through the net (ooh, could that be almost classed as a pun?!). No? Okay, here are some of my fave friends from my 30 Days Wild 2017!


House Martin soaring in the summer sky, over my parents garden.
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One of many snail friends having fun in the rain, in my front garden.
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An absolutely beautiful Song Thrush, who so kindly posed for a little while, on my way home from work.
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Just a couple Mallard buddies! Notice the difference in beak colours?
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The ever misunderstood Herring Gull, with our famous Town Hall in the background, around 6am.
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Three amazing young Eurasian Otters playing in the river. We were lucky enough to spend a good 20 mins with them and one even called to me.


 Super excited to catch a flighty little Dunnock on camera for the first time! 
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Cormorants diving for food always make me smile, though because Otters were on my mind, this guy's back made me double take...
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The Canada Geese are here! They stop by every so often. This morning (on my way home from my first job) I took too many photos while they preened. 
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The famous Blackbird with tiny little flower!!! Please think this is as cute as I do!
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Collared Dove beauty <3
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The Canada Geese brought a black sheep with them. Not literally, but a Greylag Goose it seems.


I was really excited to photograph the wild rabbits or squirrels in Princes Street Gardens as Jake and I were up in Edinburgh for the day. Sadly, the weather wasn't great, the bunnies were in the bushes and squirrels out of sight. Thankfully I managed to peek a Treecreeper! 
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It's surprising that this is the only Heron I photographed during this month.
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A lot of rain has been blessing us recently but I was on the hunt for a crow for my project and I got lucky, despite the rain with, this majestic guy!
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My boss's garden is a birdy wonderland. Look at the Swallow just chilling <3
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Last but not least, I couldn't not include a quick mention of my baby gull who needed a hand. As you can see he was in a sorry state and my heart wouldn't allow me to leave him. An older lady who was there too held my bag as went in the gate, little guy walked up to me all weak and sad and I scooped him up in my hoodie and carried him home. Que builders saying I should 'wring it's neck' before eye-rolls and help from Jake to get little guy comfy in my animal carrier reserved for days like this. I don't have a car right now either so this was when I had to really push my social anxiety to get on a busy public bus (it was hell. Everyone was staring at me to see what I had which is my worst fear ever. An old lady asked what I had and said 'urrghhh!!' when I said what it was) up to the wildlife sanctuary. When I got there, they checked him over then let him in the pen with his fellow Herring Gull chickies and he ran over 'tweeting' and they all hugged him in. The end. 


Sooo yeah! That was a super quick look at the highlights of my first time taking part in 30 Days Wild. To see all of my photos from June 2017, including those above in full size, click here.

Birds in the title photo are Rock Doves.
Other birds I have seen but not photographed during June include:
Mute Swan
Goosander
Golden Eye
Oystercatcher
Black Backed Gull
Jackdaw
Starling
Robin
House Sparrow
Pied Wagtail
and probably more!

I love this challenge, especially for people who don't get out much or don't get to take the time to 'stop and smell the roses' so to say. I'm lucky to walk to and from two separate jobs per day, in an absolutely magical place for wildlife and nature so this is my whole year, not just one month. Still, I look forward to next year's 30 Days Wild.
Did you take part?? If you did I'd love to see blog posts/photos etc. If not, is it something you'd like to in future? Let me know in the comments :)




8 comments:

  1. Love your photos. It's annoying when anybody offers their "advice" especially in situations like this.

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    1. Stunning shots Danielle. Love the treecreeper. :) Well done on rhe rescue. I took part this year. Even if you love wildlife ( like you and I) it still gives you a renewed appreciation of it, when you take part. X

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    2. Thanks lovely!! Yes, I definitely agree. I saw your posts from earlier in the month but think I need to catch up with the rest!

      xo

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  2. Oh Danielle I adore this post and I'd been waiting for this for a while! You got so many stunning shots and all of your spots were amazing to see. The shots of the little baby seagull were so lovely, and you're an angel for helping him. I think my favourite shot has to be the blackbird with the little flower, it's just too cute! Also absolutely fabulous capture of the treecreeper, I've only ever seen one once! - Tasha

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    1. Thank you so much!! I absolutely loved your whole project and it's because of you I took part in the first place really.
      I still can't get over that Blackbird haha. He just hopped up the stairs carrying the tiny flower...posed, then flew off. It was a surreal moment lol.
      Me too! Saw one in the Northumberland National Park years ago but was chuffed to get that shot!

      xo

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  3. Some wonderful photos, and yes I do think that little blackbird with the flower is as cute as you do!
    I'm definitely going to take part next year!

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    1. Isn't it the sweetest thing ever in the world ever, ever?! I don't think I'll ever get over it! haha

      Ooooh, exciting!!

      xo

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