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Sunday, 25 October 2009

Picture time

Well, I’m back. A bit brighter, and a big thank you to everyone who visited and commented.

So, some recent pictures, while I finish sorting myself out.

Fighting Coots. They always seem to find a reason to let off steam.
Usually the best view I get of a Jay!

Coot with a white face.

My favourite bird; a Pheasant.

A bit noisy, but I was pleased to capture this Redwing.

Cygnet preening.
Red Kite. Awesome to watch how they effortlessly ride the thermals.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, male. Sadly, not my garden though.

And I’ll finish with a song, from this Dunnock


  1. Good to see you are back and feeling a bit brighter, great set of pictures Keith look forward to many more. all the best Keith H

  2. Great shots! The Pheasant and Red Kite are my favs of the group but they are all great!

  3. Hi Keith...glad to know the viel is lifing and you are at'em-
    Im loving that shot of the red kite!!
    Coots seem so friendly, but I guess tempers fly in the pond sometimes!..TC

  4. Coots will be coots, won't they? I really like the shot of the jay about to take off. Great series of picutres.


  5. Haven't caught up with Redwing yet but yours is gonna make quick work of those berries!
    This series put a smile on my face. FAB

  6. Great Images, a good varied selection

  7. Thats a really great set of images Keith.

  8. Redwing haven't arrived yet in my garden. I love to see them sunbathe in the treesm all facing the same direction. I think I'm slipping, no woodpecker has ever landed on the nut feeder. As always, terrific pictures.

  9. Hi Keith,
    Welcome back.... I'm happy to read you again. This is a very nice set of shots, but I've to say I've been stunned by the red kite picture... What a catch! Wonderful!!!

  10. Keith - it is SO good to see you back and with some great pictures for us to enjoy. I'm struggling to choose a favourite. They are all fabulous. Love the Red Kite, and the cocky Pheasant! I hope you are feeling better. It takes time, but at least you're fighting back. Good on ya!

  11. Good to see you, Keith. The favourite of all, which is the Redwing. I love them, they should be in my area very soon. Oh, the Red Kite is the master of the air.

  12. Welcome back Keith - glad that things are on the up.... Lovely pictures but that Redwing is a beauty!1

  13. So glad you are feeling a little brighter Keith. Your photos are as lovely as always, I particularly liked the Dunnock and the Red Kite of course.

  14. Good to see you back. :) Fabulous photos, but that isn't new.

    I'm still sending you all my best, and praying that everything will work out for the best for you.


  15. Your photos are beautiful. I have the hardest time capturing birds in focus. Yours are wonderful. So sorry about your blues, hope things brighten up your way.

  16. Thank you for your comment Keith. I’ve still got a few more to sort out, once I get back into the swing of things.

    Dianne, thank you. I’d love to be able to get a shot of a Red Kite down on the ground someday.

    Thanks Dixxe. Yea, getting there :)
    Coots are pretty common here, but fascinating to watch their behaviour.

    Wilma, thank you. The Jays seem more in evidence at the moment, searching for nuts to store for the winter. I might have a better chance to get the pictures I’m after lol

    Frank, cheers. Glad you enjoyed it. The first lot of Redwings I’ve seen so far this autumn; these were at College Lake. Fieldfare next on the list ;)

    Thanks for stopping by, and commenting Bobbster. I’ll get over to yours for a visit soon.

    Thanks Roy, I’m gradually working through a backlog lol

    Valerie, thank you. Lots of Redwing about, apparently. They’ll soon get to your area for any berries around. :)

    Thanks Chris. It’s good to be back. A lot of catching up to do now.
    The Red Kites always get my heart racing when I see them. Beautiful birds.

    Angie, thank you, and thanks for your comment. Nature is a great way to lighten dull days.

    Bob, thank you. I’m sure the Redwing will be with you soon.

    Thanks Tricia. Love to see the Redwings about this time of year, knowing they’ve made another big journey successfully.

    ShySongbird, thank you. Singing Dunnocks; great to hear them. I’ve got my garden one back now, foraging under the bushes, like a little mouse.

    Jen, thank you, and your comment.
    Hope your new adventure goes well. I’m certain it will. :)

    Rebecca, thanks for stopping by, and your comment. Appreciate it.

  17. Nice to see you back Keith.
    Love many of the photos, the Jay may have been a rear view but shows its markings well as does the Red Kite.

  18. Hi Keith,
    it's nice to have you back .. with a nice set of pictures.
    Sometimes we need to bring order in our lifes, we need some time to think about the things that are important for us. And as you said in the previous post time can heel it.
    So ... I'm glad you're back and wait for the other posts.

  19. Thanks for your comment John.
    One day I'll get the Jay before he takes flight lol

    Thank you for your kind words Andor.

  20. We all need a week off, come back with a bang, great post, cheers.

  21. Brighter is better. And yes, your shots make me brighter, too. Thanks.

  22. Great shots Keith. Never seen a Red Kite ...they sure look impressive.

  23. fantastic shots as always! glad you are back.

  24. Thanks for your comment Adrian :)

    Marius, thank you for your comment.

    Thanks Trevor. The Red Kites are a stunning bird to watch.

    Thank you Doreen :)

  25. Hi Keith, Sorry to read that you've been feeling low lately but relieved to see you back and picking up again. Lovely photos as always. Any particular reason the peacock is your favourite bird? We camped near a redwing feeding base in the Black Mountains a couple of years ago, was fantastic to see them. Captured beautifully, well done!

  26. Thanks for your comment Omi.

    I used to live on a Pheasant shooting estate a few years ago, and I got quite attached to one particular bird. He had an injured foot, from a previous shoot he managed to survive. He'd hop around on his good foot, and visit the garden often. I used to call him 'stumpy', and call him from the corn field in the mornings, and feed him by hand with peanuts. Almost like a pet lol
    Sadly the 'guns' eventually got him. I have some pictures somewhere; I'll have to dig them out one day, and post on here.

  27. Stumpy sounds adorable, I'd love to see those photos you mentioned. How wonderful that he used to come to you for his breakfast! Shooting for sport makes me so angry, you must have been heartbroken when he didn't come back.