|Very few good photos of me exist, for obvious|
reasons. This is one of the best. I am on the left.
I had always liked birds as a kid. I have books full of drawings, school projects, pads - all about birds. Where this came from I have no idea, certainly not my immediate family who would all struggle to point out a Blackbird, but it was more than a passing interest. Except that's exactly what happened - during my teenage years it predictably dwindled to nothing at all, and I didn't pick up binoculars again until my mid twenties. Even then it took me a while to get going, and despite birding on every holiday or trip, I didn't start birding at home until I moved to Wanstead.
Then the listing demons got hold of me. One saturday afternoon, bored, I went to Kent to see a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. Amazingly I saw it, thus starting a run of hardly ever dipping that continues to this day, and was immediately impressed by it's
This blog is therefore mostly about birding in Wanstead. And Essex. And London. And the rest of the country. And abroad. I like to limit myself. It is also possible that the odd non-birding-related post may sneak in, but not so that you'd notice. But if it does so happen that I have nothing to say about birds, I might write about things I like, which include my children, double-deckers, photography and moths. I might also write about things I don't like quite as much, such as June, injustices, muggers, scroungers and housework. Or perhaps something else entirely, for it is very rare that I have nothing to say. For this I apologise now.