Bubble and Squeak

Bubble and squeak, for those of you who may not know, is a delicious and doubtless unhealthy British dish. It is basically fried up leftovers from yesterday’s (usually roast) meal. My father loved it. Which is probably why he dropped dead of a heart attack at 65. I am hoping to go the same way though not necessarily at the same age. The point is that all you get today is leftovers from yesterday’s trip to Mai Po. And as you evidently found it less boring than I did I hope it will pass muster. Thank you all for your generous comments.

The spoonies of course are the stars. Black-faced spoonbill is an endangered species and if you are interested you can read more here.  It also happens to be a very charismatic bird. We love having them in HK each year.

Wow! Says Spoony. I wish I could do that.Clever The other two feign indifference to the neck twisting tricks of the Eurasian interloper.Head-twist Mr. Heron on the other hand is hoping to make a big splash.Heron-landing Whichever angle he lands from…..Landing

He doesn’t really mind if someone is below him. The Avocets don their tin hats when Mr. heron is on a flightpath to their bit of the runway mudflats.Lookoutbelow This shot is just a ‘record’ shot but Roughly asked why the Grey wagtail wasn’t called  Yellow as it has a fair amount of yellow in its plumage. Alas and alack, someone got there first, namely the Yellow wagtail itself, Motacilla flava flava. So here is a rather distant shot of a Yellow Waggy. The YW comes in a Kellogg’s Variety pack of races. They are extremely beautiful. This is the race Tschutschensis. For those of you with a keener interest I recommend Per Alström and Krister Mild’s magnum opus, Pipits and Wagtails of Europe, Asia And North AmericaYellow-wagtailAnd to illustrate that nature likes monochrome too, here is a White Wagtail, Motacilla alba.  This is of the race leucopsis. (Taken at Ma On Shan the previous day).White-wagtailAnd finally, to complete my wagtail set for now a reprise of the Citrine Wagtail at Long Valley earlier this year.



This has to be one of my favourite families. I hope you enjoy bubble and peeps.





12 thoughts on “Bubble and Squeak

  1. They are all winners but Mr Heron landing amongst the avocets and the last one are my favourites today. I’m glad Mrs Rough asked that question about the Grey Wagtail, I was thinking just the same thing. Very good Bubble and Squeak Andrew.

  2. You are indeed a hard man to please if yesterday and today are any indication of your boredom level, Sir H. I don’t give a fig’s whatever about the light…all these images are very entertaining. Even the record shot is nice. I like nature’s monochrome. 🙂 The Citrine is lovely too.

    • Oh yes! I am VERY hard to please in birding terms, Steve. But if you don’t try you don’t get anything. I was resting my back and neck today and was rewarded with the Peregrine Falcon. Not rare but scarce locally so a nice treat. I was actually waiting for a Greater Coucal to show. It never did. I did see the Chestnut-winged Cuckoo again this morning but only distant. Also heard my first Indian Cuckoo of the Spring today so not a wash out by any means.

  3. The shot of the heron is impressive. Excellent capture. A very nice assortment of photos. You call these left overs but this is a feast for the eyes in my book or on my plate. 🙂

  4. Another lovely selection from your boring day and your yellow pages files. Thank you for the extra visual lesson on the yellows.

    The spoony ones remind me of the old tales about families sitting around in front of the fire with the dog licking himself and saying ‘Bet you couldn’t do that,’ or whatever it was that was meant to be said.

    Mr Heronplane is quite amazing. And the delicate wagtails are such a contrast.

    I thought bubble and squeak was usually mashed potato fried up, sometimes with onion, or possibly cabbage – although the cabbage may be more Irish.

    • I think you are right about B&S, Rough Seas. I shall have to consult Mrs. Beeton or perhaps Delia. I think I know a different version of the dog story but this is a broadly family friendly blog and if I regaled my audience with that one it would need a NSFW warning.

      • I am of course frying up yesterday’s mashed potato for my brunch … to be accompanied with a healthy sandwich and salad however.

        I’ve heard variants on the dog story and couldn’t remember which was meant to be the real thing. I suppose the bottom line is dogs can do it and men can’t.

        I thought NSFW was naughty swearing f****** words. Apparently not.

      • NSFW covers anything that could get you in to trouble for viewing at work. So it could be swear words, porn, Facebook…………… or the situations vacant columns I guess. These days it probably applies to me too as I am highly unsuitable for work, thank heavens.

      • I spent a large amount of my time looking at bus timetables as the secretaries didn’t seem to be able to plan journeys particularly well (chucked car due to sciatica), or BBC news site, sometimes in Spanish, but I figured both of those were pretty justifiable given that I worked in the public sector and needed to attend meetings.

        I spent even more time reading The Lancet, BMJ New England Journal of Medicine etc etc.

        I thought a lot of workplaces banned/disabled facebook/twitter/ebay? And so they should too.

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