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Again I have been interested in Natural History since childhood. I started writing a book on animal classification in my first year at secondary school. I never completed it as there were already better books available. However, the research for my book did give me a good understanding of the structures of classification systems. At the time that I started compiling the book I thought that there were only two primary classifications known as Kingdoms. This was based on the Linnaean classification. The Animal Kingdom and the Plant Kingdom.

Great Spotted Woodpecker

A walk in the park

It is spring 2020, and we are in the midst of the Covid 19 lockdown. Part of our allowed time outside is for exercise in a local park. So that is the destination, on foot, less than 10 minutes away. On one of the walks, Wendy noticed a noise coming from high up in a tree. Similar to chicks in a nest when adults are nearby with food, but continuous. No keep quiet and hide in this nest. Just pump up the volume and let the world know that you have been born and that you crave food. More food, now!

Our first photos were taken using a mobile phone, short video clips without sound as it was very windy. The wind was actually useful as it kept moving the branches and leaves out of the way. The next day the wind was less and another, longer clip, with sound this time.

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