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Monday, 28 September 2009

A bit of variety

A varied bunch from last week, that I’ve finally got round to sorting.

They’re all birds; but a variety.

First up, a Moorhen.

Strutting his stuff across the mud.

Mrs Shoveler,

and Mr. Shoveler.

A family group, a long way off. Heron, Cormorant, Wigeon and Little Egret.

Wigeon again.

He saw me coming, and decided to leave.

Crow, caught having a drink.

Lesser Black-backed Gull, pretending to be a Tern, on their raft.

Black-headed Gull

And finally, a Reed Bunting.



All from the other day at Willen.
I should get out more.

26 comments:

  1. Excellent! I love the reed bunting shot a lot as well as Lesser Black-backed Gull pretending to be a tern :-) Well done!

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  2. Brilliant set of clear photographs as always, Keith. I love the way Moorhens move. No red on that one - a female or a juvenile?

    Never seen a shoveller. Unusual size beak. Now I will know what it is if I ever get to see one.

    Lovely photo of the mixed group and the Reed Bunting is a beauty of a shot.

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  3. Really like the moorhen with the purposeful stride - looks like it's on a mission to see off a rival...

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  4. Thanks Chris. I managed to get fairly close to the Reed Bunting before it decided to go.

    Thanks John. The Moorhen is a juvenile, and could run pretty fast. Those Shoveler have massive beaks. They certainly get a lot of food in there.

    Thanks Phil. He was up and down that mud for ages. lol

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  5. Shoveler is an interesting one Keith - the male floating quite down by the bows while shoveling.

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  6. Thanks Rob. I think they look quite comical with that large beak.

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  7. ...your little Moorhen is acting more like a Roadrunner! The photo of the black-headed gull is gorgeous.

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  8. Thats a nice set of photos Keith. We are getting the Wigeon back in this area as well. I counted 20 today.

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  9. Thanks Kelly. That's just what he reminded me of; the cartoon one lol

    Thanks Roy. Their numbers seem to increase everytime I go out. Love hearing that call they make.

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  10. Crows have always been a favorite of mine. You've captured this wise-guy perfectly.

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  11. Yes you should Keith. A great set of sharp photographs..the Reed Bunting is lovely.

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  12. Thanks Andrea. They are great characters I think. I loved the way he seemed to just glance from the corner of his eye. lol

    Thanks Trevor. I wish sometimes I could just go off for a few days with the camera. Then I come back to the real world; never mind, one day.

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  13. Nice set of photographs Keith one day your time will be your own and you can follow your dream, like you there never seems enough time in the day.

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  14. Nice pics glad you posted them, like the wigeon shots.

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  15. Excellent series my friend. No doubt, one day soon it will be "have wheels..will travel". FAB

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  16. Thanks Keith. One day, I hope. :)

    Thanks Mike. There were so many Wigeon there, but they were very wary of the slightest movement.

    Cheers Frank. Shouldn't be too long now :)

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  17. Ohhhhhhh what a wonderful place! What wonderful shots!! I sooo wanna go there - I so want a better long distance lense! I need a bigger camera - lol. OK I have camera envy! I just love your bird shots - well all of your shots!! Wonderful hon!
    I was thinking of you in the mountains this weekend as I was trying to catch some mountain bluebirds. They were just too far away for me to catch a great shot. I thought - well..he could have gotten this shot..easy peasy!! LOL - yes you could have and will great detail. Just love your blog!! Namaste, Sarah

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  18. Sarah, thank you for those very kind words.
    It is a great place to spend a few hours, and always seems to turn up something interesting, no matter how often I visit.
    Bigger lens, bigger camera; I often say that myself. lol

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  19. Great photography! I especially love the 2nd to the last one! And I'm with Sara...camera envy. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  20. Thanks Lenora. I took that shot of the Black-headed Gull as he gazed at another gull next to him. He looked to me as though he had a 'sleepy' look about him lol

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  21. See working twelve hour shifts has not impaired your skills. Seems a bit off to say the images are great, they always are. I'll be satisfied with up to your usual standard.

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  22. Sorry Keith, I read this when you first posted but was in a rush and intended to come back and comment before now!

    I am not good at all on water birds/waders and my next post will be very watery too! I am slightly confused, I always understood Moorhens had red beaks but yours doesn't seem to?

    As usual I love all the photos and you obviously had a lovely day, it must be great having that place so close at hand!

    Great Wigeon photos and beautiful Reed Bunting.

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  23. Sorry (again!) Keith I have just checked back and noticed John raised the same question as me about no red on the Moorhen's beak and that you had answered it. :)

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  24. Thanks Adrian, very good of you to say that.

    Thanks ShySongbird. It is a great place to visit, and just up the road, so even better.
    No problem about the Moorhen ;)

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  25. Greta collection Keith. I too love that Reed Bunting !

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  26. Thanks Nick. The Reed Bunting was very obliging while I took some shots lol

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