Birdwatching at Isabella Plantation
If you are a keen birdwatcher then this is the place for you!
When we go to the plantation we take our English bird book and our binoculars (and camera of course!)
On Sunday past we saw the most interesting bird, which doesn’t appear in our bird book. Not only was it quite beautiful, but the scene that took place before our eyes was quite extraordinary!
The bird looks a bit like a cockatiel (sp?). It is lime green and bright yellow in colour, with a pastel orange short and rounded beak, and a long thin yellow green tail. There were 5 of these birds, twittering away in some very tall trees. Our binoculars were trained on them for some time.
Then suddenly, they went crazy! An inquisitive squirrel had dared to venture close to them and they were scaring him off! They were flying at him, screeching and splaying their feathers and wings. The poor little squirrel got the fright of his life and dashed away as fast as he could.. but this had to be done carefully as the branches that high up are thin, and few and far between!
He did get away and all returned to calm again, but it was so amazing to watch this act of nature taking place. We can only assume the birds had young close by or are extremely territorial, to account for the behaviour. And the irritating thing was this bird does not appear in our (supposed to be!) thorough English bird book! :(
UPDATE 30 March 2007: We were watching a bird show and saw our bird! It is a parakeet!
Equipment: Binoculars and a 'thorough' bird book!
- National/State Park
Twickenham, home of English rugby is a short distance from Richmond and on match days, Richmond is a great place to savour the atmosphere. It's within walking distance of the ground and a good place to escape the huge crowds around the bars in Twickenham.
Richmond has traditionally been a rugby stronghold and many former England internationals have come from the local club. Richmond AFC didn't survive professionalism and are nowadays an amateur club.
Hiring a rowboat in Richmond
We have only done this once so far. We would like to do this again in summer 2007!
It is super fun, the scenery is amazing and it’s a picture paradise.
Boat rides are £10 for an hour, and a rowboat seats four. One can only go so far up the river, and this needs to be strictly adhered to, for health and safety reasons.
One thing I find quite ironic in the photo I have shown here is that the sign advertising row boats for hire is stationed in front of a couple of VERY old and dilapidated boats! They are clearly not rowing boats, but I do have a chuckle when I see these.
They are quite a sight for sore eyes on the one hand, but speak of history and longevity of Richmond on the other hand, and if they were taken away, it wouldn’t be quite the same there.
- Sailing and Boating
- Water Sports
The Museum of Rugby and Twickenham Stadium Tours
Twickenham is the home of English Rugby Union, and the stadium seats 75,000. The Museum is located beneath the East Stand and brings the history of the game to life using interactive displays, period set pieces and items from the famous Langton collection. The Twickenham Stadium Tour includes a visit to the England dressing room and the players' tunnel, as well as a magnificent view of the stadium from the top of the stand. On Match days admission is restricted to match day ticket holders only and opens 11am until 1 hour prior to kick-off.
Equipment: None needed
Rent a boat
Richmond is so much about the river, Why not experience a bit of it yourself by renting a boat down by the bridge.
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