Recently read: Psyched Up

One of my goals for this year is to read more, sadly it’s not going as well as I had hoped. Still, I did manage to finish a book recently, hopefully motivation for more soon. Especially as the subtitle of the book reads:

How the science of mental preparation can help you succeed.

Sadly the science is rather limited and largely focused on sports, at least that’s what I mainly took away from the book. There’s quite a bit about the success (or lack thereof) of trash talk and music playlists during or before sports competitions and activities, neither of them I found very beneficial for me personally. Others might find it more beneficial and interesting (I personally don’t like music while I’m exercising very much, in particular walking/jogging, I prefer the sounds of nature).

More interesting was the part about confidence, how to instill confidence and how the often derided (incl by me) motivational posters might actually help after all. Still, I don’t plan to hang any of them up, certainly not at home and most likely not at my desk in the office either.

An unexpected chapter was the last one, covering the use (or abuse, depending of your point of view) of various chemical aids, a.k.a. pills. After giving them a try Daniel McGinn came to the conclusion they weren’t for him (a conclusion I’ve come to without trying them), although he’s still keeping the option in his back pocket (not something for me).

In summary for me: some ideas I might be able to build on, but overall not enough practical ideas for me personally. A too large focus on sports to be useful for me personally. Your mileage may vary.

Cormorant with its catch at Titchfield Haven

I think this will be the last set from my visit to Titchfield Haven back in August. We had disagreeing Cormorants, Little Egrets, Kingfishers and Black Tailed Godwits, now we’re kind of returning to the first birds. I found a few acceptable pictures of a Cormorant with its catch. Not the greatest shots as they were against the late afternoon sun and I had to process them quite a bit, but I thought they were still worth sharing:

A few seconds later the fish was gone, swallowed in one. As usual click on the pictures for the larger versions.

Black-Tailed Godwits at Titchfield Haven

Finally get around posting another set from my visit to Titchfield Haven over a month ago. So far we had Cormorants, Little Egrets and Kingfishers. Today another wader, the Black-Tailed Godwit. There were quite a few at the reserve, these were feeding quite close to the hide:

As usual click on the pictures for the larger versions.

Nothing but the truth…