My Father’s Hen, Bath

Hen, Bath, NE Somerset – April 2021

My father is an unwilling birdkeeper. Someone in the village found they had a flock of chicks which they didn’t want, so he took them on. At the moment, because of the weather, they are laying one egg each day, which he usually shares with his neighbours.

Hen, Bath, NE Somerset – April 2021

I believe this is a Campine hen – a breed which originates from Belgium. I’m quite pleased with my photo of it, but in the flesh, the black and white plumage is very striking. I know this particular hen is the most assertive in the flock, being quick to peck the dogs if they come to close!

Hen, Bath, NE Somerset 2021

Meeting Tuan Tuan, Taipei

Tuan Tuan, Taipei 2018

Charisma is there or it isn’t.

Tuan Tuan is the youngest panda at Taipei Zoo and as you can see is a charismatic fellow, sitting patiently while his many visitors coo and take his photograph. He even gave me a little eye contact. It feels slightly awkward when you realise something is looking at you. Most animals seem to ignore humans.

I think the first time I really noticed an animal looking at me was at Brighton Dolphinarium. I had gone there to see a show (for my sixth birthday I think) and as I walked past the front, I saw the a dolphin look back at me. When I think back on it, I imagine it was probably a pretty horrid palce to be a dolphin, but I have been fascinated with them ever since.