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White squirrel seen and more of Eastbourne

In Animals,Pictures from England on February 14, 2019 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

I had heard of albino white squirrels but until yesterday had never seen one. This one was skittering about all over the place, but eventually remained still long enough for me to grab this picture.


Several of its grey cousins were around. They are so used to humans that they approach visitors, holding out their paws. This one was soon devouring its reward.

Pictures taken in Gildredge Park in Eastbourne, Sussex. It was a sunny February day, about 9ºC.



After that, the Lamb Inn which dates from the year 1180 although obviously this is not the original building!


Just along the road is the parish church of Eastbourne, St Mary the Virgin, parts of which date from the late 12th century.

Eastbourne-130219-010Some more Eastbourne. The area to the west of the town centre has the more agreeable suburbs that grew in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Part of the town history says that during that time the townspeople lobbied the railway company not to have cheap fares to Eastbourne so as to deter the low classes from coming down.

Eastbourne-130219-013Also west of the town is the Royal Eastbourne golf course, founded in 1887. Parts of the course offer fine views over the town.

Eastbourne-130219-015Eastbourne-130219-016The old and the new side by side. Having taken this picture, I cannot figure out which church this on the skyline!


The seafront and pier were busy with people enjoying the very pleasant afternoon sunshine.



Albufeira local residents

In Albufeira,Animals on May 5, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Enjoying some afternoon sun near the beach on Thursday afternoon.


Wildlife at play

In Albufeira,Algarve,Animals,Portugal on April 5, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged:

I was out walking this afternoon and almost trod on these two having some fun in the sun.


Médoc, France, 20th July 2017

In Animals,France,Médoc on July 20, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

After a dull and misty start, the day turned out quite reasonable although somewhat windy. Temperature 23ºC, a good day for a couple of hours on the bike.

I came by a small group of horses, not enough to be a herd really. Just grazing happily  as they do, across a narrow canal from the bike path. Among them were two much smaller and oddly coloured animals, ponies perhaps. Any ideas anyone?


A horse


Several horses. I doubt the countryside has changed much in a few hundred years. Very low lying, lots of canals and quite marshy in places.


A large and a small horse or pony


The Gironde at Port de Talais. At this point the river is about 5.5 miles or 8.8km wide. It is very tidal, fierce currents are to be seen. Vast areas of mud are exposed at low tide (below) which in years gone by had oyster beds. Pollution ended that little industry.



Strange bug spotted

In Albufeira,Animals on February 14, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

I am told it is a mole cricket, that mostly lives underground. Which is why I have never seen one!

Does anyone know what this is please? Spotted this morning while I was walking down a track just back of where I live in Albufeira. I have never seen anything looking like this. I woudl say it was about 5cm (2″) long. It was moving slowly but fairly steadily, pausing to rummage around in the gravel. A few seconds later is vanished into some long grass.


Bug 1


Bug 2


Singapore high-rise cat rescue

In Animals on October 4, 2016 by cubsur51 Tagged:

Silly pussy! How did it get there in the first place?

From the BBC News website (no sound)


Cowardy cats

In Albufeira,Algarve,Animals,Portugal on March 20, 2016 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Cowardy cats

Members of one of the local cat tribes were not ready for a fight on Friday, when a couple of large gulls swooped down and helped themselves to their food. Can’t blame them perhaps. We all know how vicious gulls can be.


The striped one walked off, an angry expression on its face.