Hello everyone. I will be doing this countdown in the first week of April for my Manchester United Twitter @ManUnitedMata. I wanted to use Tumblr because its easy to write loads so just thought I should let you know.
Basically why I’m doing it is because this year marks 10 years of me being a football fan (and choosing the red half of Manchester). The first game I watched was the 2004 FA Cup final between Manchester United and Millwall. We won 3-0 that day to clinch our 11th FA Cup and its the last time we won the cup so its a fond memory. My parents support United and that’s why I was watching it, and ever since then I have been a devoted United fan. It also marks 10 years since the 2004 Euros which is when I really became interested in England too.
Me just before the game with the scarf in 2004.
So I thought about doing a countdown somehow to celebrate the 10 years. I thought of doing top 10 moments including things like the 2008 Champions League final and winning title number 19 and 20 first of all, but thought these are all brilliant memories so i’d find it hard to rank them. So I will countdown the top 10 players who have had the biggest impact on me over the 10 years. These 10 are people who have done amazing things for United, and England for some of them, and just players who I have supported and been really impressed by in the 10 years.
I hope other United and general football fans will find my blogs interesting. They will be starting on the 1st April, and I will do 2 a day and it will build up to the most influential being revealed on United’s matchday with Newcastle that weekend.
Stockbridge Down. My first Butterfly and Ladybird of the year! My favourite season Spring is here!
Yesterday I took this picture of one of my favourite birds the Brent Goose at Keyhaven in Hampshire. Being one of my favourite birds I photograph it quite a lot, but for me this is my best ever Brent Goose picture! So I thought I’d do a blog to look back at some of my great Brent Geese pictures of the past, and explore just why these birds are so special to me.
It actually stems from a place as to why I love these birds so much. Farlington Marshes near Portsmouth in Hampshire. This place is a real strong hold for Brent Geese. When I first started going there about 6 years ago a whole flock of Brent Geese flew over my head. It was one of the most wonderful natural experiences I have ever encountered. So my Brent Goose love kind of just stemmed from there. They are just beautiful birds, I love their markings and colour and the sounds that they make. I also like how you mostly see them together.
This was my first really good Brent Goose picture in 2009. I have always aimed to get one this good again, and with my picture yesterday I achieved that I think! This one was taken at Farlington. This is my best still image photo of a Brent Goose, which I got at Farlington in 2013. Farlington Marshes is renowned for them, which makes me proud to be from this area! When I met Simon King once, I had read that he had worked at Farlington before in his book, and we mentioned this to him and he said “oh yes its the best place in the country for Brent Geese”. This made me really proud being from the area and the fact he said that about one of my local patches. So this special place has a lot to do with why I love this elegant bird.
But another special Brent Geese place, again on the South Coast is Keyhaven where I took my lovely shot yesterday. This is near the New Forest. In Hampshire we’re not exactly Norfolk or Scotland, we don’t get talked about for our wildlife a lot but a real speciality of ours is our Brent Geese, and this is a key reason why I love them so much.
I like Brent Geese a lot because of their wildness as well. While I can still see the beauty in an Egyptian, Canadian or Greylag Goose in Britain, they were introduced here and are not native. Its so nice to have the Brent Geese which act completely wildly and migrate naturally.
I have had a great Brent Goose experience outside of Hampshire, in Cley in Norfolk in 2013.
Another reason I love Brent Geese is that you often find a rarer Duck or Goose in amongst them. In 2010 I saw a Ruddy Shelduck in a flock of them at Farlington, in 2013 I saw a Black Brant amongst them in Hayling Island and I also saw a Red Breasted Goose in this flock at Sturt Pond in 2013.
My Farlington Brent Geese exploits also made me love a month, November, when Brent Geese are always here. I associated the 2 and now its one of my favourite months. Regular followers of my Twitter @Dans_Pictures will know that I chose a #PhotoOfTheWeek every week. Well in 2010 it used to be “Photo of the Month” instead and this photo from Farlington became my Photo of the Month for November which sums up what I was saying.
Just a little word on the top picture which I took yesterday, I was happy with how quickly I reacted. I saw the two of them fly and quickly got my camera onto the right setting. Poked out my lens a little and just went for it and I am pleased with the result.
My afternoon at Keyhaven near the New Forest in Hampshire. Its Spring!!! I saw Daffodils, Bees, Black Headed Gulls in summer plumage and my first Skylark and Linnets of the year! I also took my best ever picture of one of my favourite birds the Brent Goose, along with many other birds (Reed Bunting and Mute Swan pictured above). It was just so nice to go for a walk in the sun in a beautiful place after all this bad weather!
My afternoon in the New Forest. Including; A very full confluence between the Silver Stream and Ober Water, Trees at Puttles Bridge, The beautiful Whitefield Moor and if you look closely you can see a Tawny Owl in the right side of the tree at Mark Ash Wood.
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A view of Bolderwood Arboretum Ornamental Drive from Mark Ash Wood in the New Forest in Hampshire.Today another one of my dreams come true, I saw my first ever Tawny Owl! I am very very pleased! It wasn’t the best view of the Tawny Owl, it was in a tree trunk but I saw it fly and saw its feathers! I’ve wanted to see 1 for 7 years though! The Tawny Owl is my 214th bird and my 4th new bird this year already! Its now also my 21st favourite bird!
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