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Journal Entry: Sat Sep 28, 2013, 8:40 AM
Anyone miss me? I doubt it :)

I told so many people and a couple of groups I would be missing for a couple of weeks at the end of July and beginning of August while covering events, that expanded into a couple of months :)

I have become a Grandpa for the second time, another little Girl named Lyla :)

Also been out with various birds which is always a pleasure! meet my mate Sam below, he is a Friend of :iconquaddie: quaddie too.



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Bit of Falconry.

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 28, 2012, 10:01 AM
Had a great weekend, helped a Friend with his Falconry display, spent most of the time looking after the mews and talking to people about the birds.

Did have to collect a couple of birds that misbehaved, great to have a Hawk fly to your fist, even better an Eagle Owl :)

All took place at a local reserve which was staging a Medieval weekend.

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Norwich Body Arts Festival

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 24, 2012, 4:25 AM
Went to the Norwich Body Arts Festival last weekend, really pleased to say my back piece won first place in the Asian/Oriental section! very happy for my tattooist Clive from 4Skin www.4skin.co.uk ! and myself of course :)

It was a great weekend, met lots of very nice people and saw plenty of beautiful tattoos, took several photos too.

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10 days of photography

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 13, 2012, 3:35 PM
Just recovering from 10 days of photography, averaged 16 hours a day including batch work when I got home.

Had a great time shooting events, met a lot of nice people, saw some good bands, and slept for a day afterwards :)

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Finally! had a day out shooting.

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 22, 2012, 4:12 AM
Had a lovely day out walking around some local lakes, took several photos, will post a few in days to come.

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Back up and running

Journal Entry: Sat Jun 16, 2012, 4:54 AM
Well pretty much back to normal computer wise, cobbled a machine together out of the two old systems and also built a new machine!

Had several days photography of events and a day of promo shots, just need to get out and start shooting wildlife, seems to have been ages since I last got out.

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computer problems

Journal Entry: Tue May 22, 2012, 2:37 AM
not been about for a few days due to both my towers going tits up! in the process of rectifying the situation, unfortunately that has left no time for dA!

Many thanks for the comments anf fav's I have had, always appreciated!

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Happy New Year!

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 31, 2011, 10:02 AM
I'm off out in a while so will take the opportunity now to wish everyone a Happy New Year!!!

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Perfect Day - Big Cats

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 15, 2011, 6:07 PM
I got to feed Three Snow leopards, two Sri Lankan Leopards and a Cheetah today, Awesome!

My Daughter treated me to the day and my Wife accompanied me, had a look around the zoo until I had to meet the keeper, then went off for a safety brief and on to feed the Cats,  Fed a young female (18months), then the Female (Mother), when the Male came along and told the others to clear off, he then demanded I fed him, they are such beautiful creatures, to see and hear them so close is fantastic.

The Snow Leopards had three cubs last year, one stayed and the others were sent abroad to expand the breeding program for them, and that is something I'm in favour of, I know some people don't like zoo's but in this day and age it is needed to protect rare species.

The Cheetah is new and shy of the keepers, so was not really interested in some hairy fat middle aged bloke trying to feed him, he came close in the end but I had to drop the food for him.

The Sri Lankan Leopards, are just so Beautiful, the Male was out and saw us coming with the food and feeding tongs, he was like a Puppy pleased to see it's owner! I dropped a piece of meat before getting it through the mesh and in a blink he had caught it lower down on on of his claws.

So much went on but although exciting for me, it is probably boring for you :)

Hope everyone else gets a Great Day Soon!

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Ca- Caw, tookie tookie

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 21, 2011, 1:40 PM
Not a lot to report, been busy with life.

Have seen quite a few Buzzards recently which is great, nice to see them picking up in this area.

Not had time to get much shooting done, hopefully start up again now i have caught up on work etc.

Joined Google+ gplus.to/cycoze , can't see what all the fuss is about, but not really played with it yet.

Hope everyone is ok with their own lives!

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New Camera to focus after the shot is taken

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 22, 2011, 2:48 PM
Maybe the next big thing in consumer photography? or just another gimmick? we will have to wait and see, but the write up and images sound and look cool.

"The company’s technology allows a picture’s focus to be adjusted after it is taken. While viewing a picture taken with a Lytro camera on a computer screen, you can, for example, click to bring people in the foreground into sharp relief, or switch the focus to the mountains behind them."

New York Times write up - www.nytimes.com/2011/06/22/tec…

allthingsd write up and images - allthingsd.com/20110621/meet-t…

Lytro's website - www.lytro.com/

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New Camera to focus after the shot

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 22, 2011, 2:47 PM
Maybe the next big thing in consumer photography? who knows, but the write up and images sound and look cool.

New York Times write up - www.nytimes.com/2011/06/22/tec…

allthingsd write up and images - allthingsd.com/20110621/meet-t…

Lytro's website - www.lytro.com/

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Parrot Chat

Journal Entry: Sun Jun 5, 2011, 1:37 PM
I used my phone to record Ozzy chatting to himself, have a listen if you can spare 30 seconds.

youtu.be/f5KkugN66lY

He has a reasonable repertoire of  words but gets stuck in a rut like this some times :)

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Back up your Computer

Journal Entry: Sat May 14, 2011, 2:20 PM
Does not matter what methods you employ as long as you get your back ups done.

Last night my desktop died, master drive definetly gone, unsure about the slaves, I used to make a clone but have not done one for the last couple of years, but am very happy that I backed all my files to external drives along the way, will be a long job installing all my programs and updates onto a new drive, will try and see the positive side that it is a fresh install.

So if you havent backed up this week, think about doing it now.

Don't mean to preach, but would hate to see folks lose their digital art and/or photos.

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May 6th Morning - eta Aquarids - Meteors

Journal Entry: Mon May 2, 2011, 8:42 AM
On May 6th, Earth will pass through a stream of debris from Halley's comet, producing a mild but beautiful meteor shower known as the "eta Aquarids."

Best viewed in the early hours.

Read more at NASA's Science News - science.nasa.gov/science-news/…

Not been out shooting nature at, hope to rectify that soon, I have been very busy with other things, a lot of early mornings and late nights have kept me from doing the normal daily things I enjoy, hope everyone is keeping well.

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Half Century Young

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 16, 2011, 3:39 PM
Well yesterday I turned 50, physically feel it but mentally feel a lot younger :)

Had a great Valentines day on Monday, my Wife made a gorgeous meal, she had a Steak and I had Chicken breast stuffed with red cheese which was then wrapped up in smokey bacon then baked, sweet corn and mushrooms dipped in garlic batter, My Wife decided that I probably would not want to watch a mushy love film in the evening so brought home "Black Death" (IMDB www.imdb.com/title/tt1181791/ ), I thought it was a hilarious choice, we enjoyed it.

So my Birthday, cup of tea in bed, downstairs for a HUMONGOUS breakfast of bacon, sausage, mushroom, beans, fried egg, fried bread and orange juice! managed to lift my arse from the chair and stagger to the kitchen to wash up.

Opened cards and gifts, then off to the beach and woods to walk the dogs with my Wife, we went and got a coffee at the quayside and then came home.

We planned on having a cuppa and slice of cake followed by a snooze late afternoon, did not get the snooze because the phone kept ringing and people kept tuning up, lots of cards and gifts later I was taken out for a surprise meal at a Thai restaurant before coming back home for chocolate cake and drinks.

For me it was the best birthday I have had in my adult life, I can say that sincerely :) no great financial riches, but people who I can share and laugh with which is a treasure in itself.

Go give someone a hug! tell them some old fart said it has to be done.

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New Pack Member

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 7, 2011, 1:39 PM
After losing our Springer Tiggy after Christmas we decided not to leave it too long before getting another Dog, Billy our Greyhound appeared to be quite aimless so we went to see what we could rescue.

So meet Henry our new Hound, he is quite a bit larger than Billy, daft as a brush so fits in very well with the rest of us :) He smiles showing all of his teeth when he greets us, does a howl/sings when the phone rings, that has us in stitches :) will have to try and video it sometime.


Henry Sofa by cycoze Henry Face

Henry n Billy by cycoze Henry n Billy

Henry Running by cycoze Running

Still Missing Tiggy a lot.

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Gary Moore, dies aged 58

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 6, 2011, 1:10 PM
Was gob-smacked to hear this, what a real shame, saw him in 2007 and 2009, great gigs, superb blues guitarist.

www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/…

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Saying Goodbye to a Pet

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 30, 2010, 1:38 PM
Took the decision to have our Springer Spaniel put to sleep this morning, such decisions are always horrible :( he was only 10yo.

We are very animal orientated in our house, we know our pets don't "Love" us in the human sense, but they do bond with you, and in the case of the dogs we're all a pack I guess, our greyhound appears to be out of sorts now, it will take some getting used to not getting pawed at for attention, oddly enough the Greyhound has not barked at the door when visitors have arrived a couple of times this afternoon, always the Springer started it off.

So sleep well my Boy, Thanks for all of the smiles you gave me :)

The Look by cycoze

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Snow - Feed The Birds

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 2, 2010, 3:23 PM
A repeat of a journal from January, sorry but I thought it worth re-posting it...

As we are in the grip of an icy spell here in Europe, perhaps a good time to remind everyone to think about feeding our feathered friends.

It is easy to forget the birds that visit our gardens when it is cold we're to preoccupied with keeping ourselves snug and warm indoors, so just a reminder to give our feathered friends a helping hand.

Mixed seed and feeders can be bought quite cheaply these days, so many types of both to choose from, so keep it simple and buy a tubular seed feeder and a nut one too if you can afford it (more on nuts later), find somewhere to hang them and your good to go, alternatively a tray on top of a post is very simple, just sprinkle some seed on it.

If you want to attract different species then best to look into what food stuffs will attract what birds, I do not want to cover that here, just keeping things simple today to help out in the cold weather.

Fat balls/logs are a good source of saturated fat which is good at keeping birds warm, don't be tempted to use cooking oil etc as these are useless and would cause problems for the birds, damage to feathers if it got on them, use a cage feeder for the balls/logs, the ready made ones tend to come in nets which are not very safe for birds, also the self gripping cages can trap toes and feet, so think before you buy.

Mealworms along with other live treats can be bought at certain pet shops, they tend to be expensive and will go very quickly, I know people who will buy maggots used for fishing, if you get some make sure they are plain white ones, no colours as you don't know what they have been dyed with.

Peanuts, great in a proper feeder at this time of year, full of protein and naturally fatty, don't use them in spring or summer as whole or half nuts fed to young could choke them, better instead to crush them and add them to a seed mix.

Pet food like Dog and Cat food can be fed, not something I have ever used, and anything wet/moist is liable to freeze anyway, never feed biscuit as it could be a choking hazard again, although if it is moistened it is ok, again though it is then liable to freezing, certainly would not use when young are about.

Scraps from the kitchen can be fed, stale cake crumbs, raisins, grated cheese, fruit (liable to freeze).

Water is essential for the birds, difficult one to do when it keeps freezing, moving water won't freeze as quickly as still water, so a small garden water feature might be nice, if not just try to replace the water regularly throughout the day, keep any containers shallow with a dry edge so the birds don't get wet feet.

Cleanliness, most important, keep everything clean, mould and bacteria can quickly form in feeders, the bottom of feeders will clog up very quickly once a bit of moisture gets in to them, this will grow mould very quickly, some moulds are toxic to birds and will cause them respiratory (breathing) problems leading to death.

Cage bird disinfectant spray is cheap and handy for cleaning feeders, always rinse them of well afterwards, same goes for any soaps as they are damaging to birds internally and externally.

Vermin, another good reason to keep things clean, any food that spills onto the floor will normally get polished off by the birds, however not all of it will, this can then attract rats and mice, generally after dark but in the day time too, think about putting a large tray down to collect spillage, easy to clean up then.

Wash your hands !

Siting the feeders is worth thinking about for a couple of reasons, first off you may as well get some benefit out of this, place the feeders close to the home near a window and you get to watch them and take photos, also if you think of some cover for the birds so Raptors don't swoop in and take them, most people freak when they see a Sparrow Hawk whiz in and make off with a Blue Tit although it is nature it can upset a lot of folks, ( I hate feeder shots but you can watch where the birds are perched before and after they are on the feeders, that's the spot to focus on to make your shots look natural.

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