Lockdown Nature 20: Different Strokes

Do you know the expression ‘Different strokes for different folks’? That’s where the title for the poem in today’s learning through laughter, rhythm and rhyme nature video comes from. The poem is about two very different birds that live on the same lake. (Yes, as lockdown has now eased considerably, we’re venturing beyond the confines of the garden!)

I’d love to see your performance of the poem in this video! Share it on Twitter @theBigBuzzNews, on facebook or email it to me (theBigBuzz@gmail.com).

(If the images in this video get crumbly, click ‘Settings’ and ‘HD’ on the bottom right to see it at its uncrumbly best!)

Thank you to talented photographers Lindsey Bowes, Mark Coates, Roy Lowry and Lewis Outing for letting me include their stunning photos in this video. Any non-attributed photos were taken by yours truly.

STOP PRESS: A few hours after posting this video, in which I bemoan the fact that I haven’t seen any Great crested grebes this year, I went over for a walk round our other local lake, and guess what I saw. Not one, but two Great crested grebes! They were a long way off, so I could only get grainy pictures of them – but here is one of those grainy shots.

Great crested grebe

After I took the photo the grebe dived under the water, and I watched and waited, watched and waited, watched and waited until it finally bobbed up again, a long way away from where it had dived down.

I hope you are as lucky as I was, and will get to see Great crested grebes on a lake (or river) near you!

This is the last in my series of Lockdown Nature videos, in which I’ve brought to life poems from my Buzzing! and Flying High! books about minibeasts and birds you might be seeing where you are. I hope you’ve enjoyed them. You can watch – and join in with – the other 19 here.

Anneliese Emmans Dean – theBigBuzz – Bringing poetry to life

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