As promised, the second part of my 2013 in pictures.
This time all these pictures were taken on my Patch, the Patch. The Patch.
1) Spring - eventually.
Spring 2013 was late, but it was worth the wait. No better or more welcome sight on the Patch than a fall of Wheatears.
A proper summer! Days spent getting sun burned in the meadows with a slew of Small Coppers and Common Blues.
Yes, we all know I'm obsessed with colour ringed Black-tailed Godwits. This picture was taken on the 1st May at Gilroy Nature Park. In Iceland on 10th July I saw the same bird. Then on 7th August I was at Inner Marsh Farm when I saw..... yes, you guessed it, YG-GRflag. Mind boggling.
4) Frosted Orange
2013 has been my best year with the moth trap. The Frosted Orange is not a flavour of ice cream, nor is it a colour of paint available in all good DIY stores (although it could easily be!). The Frosted Orange is a moth I caught for the first time this year. A resolution for 2014 is definitely to do more moth trapping and to get better at photographing them.
Highlight of Hilbre. I can't get enough of these waders.
6) Rush Hour Crush
After looking through literally thousands of images that I had taken in 2013 this was my favourite. A huge flock of Knot at Hoylake. Walking away from the onrushing tide right towards my camera. They looked like commuters on a busy London tube platform or shoppers rushing to the Boxing Day sales.
So that is that. 2013. Done. Bring on the Patch in 2014.
Happy New Year....