Thursday, 14 January 2010

Forest of Dean Snow and Wild Boar

Wasn't going to venture out today, but my friend popped by with his 4x4 and this was all the encouragement I required to get my butt out the door.
We started off taking a look at some of our local lakes and ponds. All were virtually frozen solid, except for some clear areas near the shallows.

What shocked us, was the amount of "human" activity we could see on the ice. I am amazed that there are people still willing to risk their lives, especially after all the warnings!

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Lightmoor pond.

The following 4 are from Steam Mills Lake.

Two coots and a gull.

The water must be too cold!

We then moved on into the forest where we came across this print. Do you know what made it?
The print is facing forward, but look to the rear and you will see to indentations in the snow, at either side.
These were formed by dew claws, which can be found on various animals, including wild boar.
We decided to try out our tracking skills in the snow.

It wasn't long before we found our first one. Can you see her?

How about now?

Here they are. I only had my wide angle lens with me and this was taken at 55mm. Won't be making that mistake again!

However, I did take my video camera. Enjoy.



  1. That is nice, wild boar in the snow. A good sight of them.

  2. Sure was Bob. If only I had taken my long lens. Dooooh!

  3. I'm happy to have discovered you blog. Thanks for the look at a faraway world; your pictures are beautiful.