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Thursday, 1 April 2010

April



Not an April fools joke. This is a very pale Carrion Crow I met the other day. I think he’s rather nice.

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I also came across a Heron, and spent some time watching him hunt. He didn’t seem very successful. I watched him over a couple of days, and didn’t see him catch anything. I’m sure he must have though, at some time.




Flying in to his hunting patch.



Anything about? Amazing just how long that neck is.





Maybe if he crouches down, hell see better……





He’ll have to strike a bit quicker than this effort.


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He was interesting to watch, even if I didn’t see him catch anything.

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A pair of Great Crested Grebes provided some extra entertainment too.




The courtship. Lots of head waggling for a while, then they part as though nothing has happened.

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Next stage in the courtship……..




the weed dance. A shame they were so far away.




And next?



Continuation of the next generation. Can’t help feeling sorry for the poor female there though.


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Not exactly gentle is he?

32 comments:

  1. The Great Crested Grebes are special, their courting is brilliant, and to have taken them on photos is quite an exception. Good one Keith.

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  2. Keith great shots as usual, really impressed with the Heron sequence.

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  3. Wonderful entry. Who doesn't love watching nature and wildlife Create. The Grebe courtship was an amazing catch. As for the hen?, I guess she knows her chicks will make the dunking so worth it.
    Bless Your Easter

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  4. Thanks Bob. Their courtship really is something special to witness isn't it.

    Thanks Adrian. I love watching these birds. Experts at stealth.

    Dar, thank you. Yea, I could watch nature all day. Always something new to see.

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  5. An unusual Crow, the not so clever 'fisherman' and courting Grebes PLUS you've seen a Yellow Wag. An excellent start to April. FAB.

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  6. I wondered what that Crow was at first, when he flew by.
    Yea, the year is progressing rather well now Frank. :)

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  7. Hi Keith,
    Very nice pictures you got! I love the grebe dance and the whole grebe sequence... I'd like to witness this one day!
    The pale carrion crow looks a bit scary, especially on the picture where it looks at you ;-)

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  8. Some amazing shots of the GC Grebe Keith.
    About the Crow, I still think your winding us up.{:))

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  9. Cheers Chris. Yea, that Crow is certainly giving me a strange look.

    Thanks for your comment Roy.
    The Crow is definitely for real.

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  10. thanks for the comment on Flowers. Thought of you today. went for a 2.5 hour walk at a texas state park.... wetlands with many many birds. saw 2 gray haired guys with beard and big camera and wondered if you'd migrated to the USA ;)

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  11. Thanks Ginger. Your comment really got me chuckling here. Thanks.

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  12. The Great Crested Grebes serie is stunning! Love those behavior images ;)

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  13. Thanks Dominic. It was great to see it all.

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  14. um, yikes.

    Loved the carrion crow though - and the heron.

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  15. Thanks Jen. The Crow was a bit unusual.

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  16. Great series of photos of the heron in hunting mode.

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  17. Wow.. some great photos here. I love herons and have only seen a few fly-by appearances recently. I'll be glad when he visits our pond again for the season. Cool crow and wonderful shots of the mating Great Crested Grebes.. a bird I've never seen.

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  18. Thanks John. They're fascinating to watch, when you can get close to them.

    Thank you Hilary. Had a few enjoyable hours watching these.

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  19. great shots, love the grebes. and the crow...you think he's partially leucistic or maybe some severe degree of feather abrasion? Crazy looking either way. He almost looks like a raptor at a distance in that first one. Great photos as usual!

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  20. Thanks for your comment Jill.
    Yea, that Crow certainly looks strange, and his feathers are quite worn at the edges.

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  21. What stunning photos! Every one tells a story.

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  22. Loved the crow! :) Loved all of those pics, actually. Thanks for letting us watch nature through your eyes for a bit. Thank you for sharing. :) /Jo.
    ...also, congrats on POTW! :)

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  23. I love the wingspan! I'm never quick enough to get a shot of a bird with his wings open, these are beautiful

    congrats on POTW

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  24. Congrats on POTW mention from Hilary

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  25. Wonderful shots. Congratulations on the potw. Well-deserved.

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  26. What a wonderful collection of shots! Congratulations on the post of the week mention over at Hilary's blog. I enjoyed these tremendously.

    There is something about watching birds on land, isn't there? They really do look like alien creatures, here for a visit, examining our world. They are ever-so-slightly out of place on land.

    Then they take off and redefine grace.

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  27. Wow, these were a surprise! Thank you Hilary for the POTW nomination.

    järnebrand; thank you very much for your comment.

    Dianne; thank you very much

    Daryl; thank you :)

    Cricket; thank you also.

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  28. Alane, almost missed your comment; sorry.
    Thank you for taking the time to stop by. You're certainly right about the grace of birds. Just beautiful.

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  29. Lovely shots.

    I must say, the...um...procreation...photo makes me feel a bit more kindly toward my husband!

    Congrats on POTW!

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  30. Ethel, thanks for dropping by, and commenting. Appreciate it; and your comment had me laughing out loud. Thanks.

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  31. congrats on the POTW...these are some brilliant pics...love the outdoors and those that inhabit it...

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  32. Thanks for stopping by Brian, and taking the time to comment.

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