Goosander pair

Goosander pairIn the Spring I saw Goosander chicks (you can see them here on flickr) but since that time I have not seen any male Goosanders until just the other day (27th Nov) on the Leeds Liverpool canal at Baildon.

Does anyone know where the males go for the Summer?

Jumping Duck

Jumping DuckOn Thurs 24th November, Erica, Polly and I met up for lunch in Saltaire. Before having our own lunch in The Hub I scrounged some bread from there and we fed the ducks on the canal. Most of the ducks and seegulls squabbled amongst themselves over the bread but one in particular was either very hungry or less scared than all the others. It kept jumping up to snatch the bread from my hand.

I have never seen a jumping duck before. In fact if you had asked I would have said that I didn’t think they could.

DewThe other weekend when I was up on Baildon Moor to take photos of the dew on the grass I also took some photos of the fungi, lichens and plants up there. The intention was that I would upload them to flickr, add them to the Friends of Baildon Moor flickr group and perhaps link to them on the Baildon village web site nature sightings here. I then thought it was a bit silly to put the photos on flickr with Fungus 1, Fungus 2 titles.

Various attempts to use the internet to find the names of these things simply reaffirmed my ignorance.

I therefore uploaded images to ISpot and very quickly started getting responses.

What this also made me realise was that if possible I should take several photos to help with the identification even if I only intended to post 1 image to flickr.

My own IP address II

It appears that my host was wrong in suggesting that my own IP address would result in redirects from my sites using the new IP address. CPanel is used to configure the redirect and the host server will always be referred to in the header of the email.

A bit of a waste of time and effort. Redirected emails are still being rejected by some.

I am now going to investigate using Google mail.

Tweet This Installed

I have now installed Tweet This so that I can Tweet about a new posting here if I want to. It also adds a Tweet This link to the post so that others can Tweet about it if they want. The extended options also allow many other social media sites to be added. I have enabled facebook.

My Own IP Address

My web sites are hosted on a shared hosting server and it sometimes gets blacklisted by various monitoring systems. The different monitoring companies result in different organisations rejecting emails sent by the server. The host has tried giving a different IP address to outgoing email and that works for a while but redirects set up on the server use the server IP address this has led to rejects for email from

Hopefully that is now a thing of the past. I now have my own IP address for the accounts within my control. With a bit of luck that means that it will not get blacklisted unless sites within my control start doing silly things.