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Friday, 23 April 2010

The stars.

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Some days start so good, and then the stars come out, and make it even better.
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A handsome male Chaffinch poses,
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as a Blue Tit vies for attention.
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Black-tailed Godwits turn up in all their (distant) finery,
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and a Willow Warbler sings from his highest perch.

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The Chiffchaff stops to look, to see who else has dropped in……..
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A Turtle Dove stops by, after his long journey, and another star takes centre stage…….

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A Nightingale sings for all his worth.

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I hope your weekend is filled with stars.
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32 comments:

  1. Wow!! Excelled yourself today Keith.

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  2. Some lovely shots, especially that Chaffinch. I have never seen or heard a nightingale. Hope you have a wonderful weekend as well. :-)

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  3. I'm not sure if and when I've seen a more beautiful image than that first shot. It's so incredibly lovely! And the birds.. I always love those beauties. Thanks for the morning's tranquility.

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  4. I've never seen a nightingale, Kieth and the turtle dove is good to see too. I used to see them years ago when I visited Surrey. Altogether, a super set of pictures.

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  5. Keith,
    It's been a real long break from photography for us.Really MISS it!It's already getting hot here and haven't been out much so don't even know if there are any birds around...Anyway, it's nice to be visiting other blogs:)The first image is so full of freshness!!!I love the singing Nightingale.So long till am back take care and enjoy your photography:)

    Shantana

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  6. Katie, thank you for your comment. :)

    Thanks Adrian. :)

    Thank you Kerry. The Nightingale is a powerful singer. Once you hear one, you'll never forget its voice.

    Hilary, thank you. We've had some beautiful sunrises here recently.

    Thank you Emma. That was the first time I'd ever seen a Turtle Dove.

    Shantana, thank you for your comment. I expect you're very busy at the moment with your family. All the best to you.

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  7. Great set again Keith looks like you had another great day out.

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  8. Now that singing Nightingale is a real corker Keith!! And the first picture is soooo atmospheric. Stars indeed....... :D

    Surprising what a bit of blue sky and warmth can do for one's sole and well being eh....

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  9. wow photos of a Nightingale and a Turtle Dove I have yet to hear let alone see either !

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  10. Thanks for your comment Bob. :)

    Tricia, thank you. It was well worth getting up early for.

    Thanks Pete. I couldn't believe my luck that day.
    Taking pictures of a Turtle Dove, sun shining, and serenaded by a Nightingale. Magic!

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  11. Great shots keith ..the Chaffinch and Blue Tit I really like. .Would love to see a Nightingale and to hear it sing....

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  12. Hi Keith,
    Well you did get stars indeed... but you are the star who took the pictures ;-) Well done mate, the singing nightingale is splendid as are the chaffinch and the blue tit. We are getting black tailed godwitt too nowadays in huge numbers!!

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  13. They are great, especially the Turtle Dove. That is number 1 for me to attend to, and the Nightingale, I can't say any more. Keith, you're our man.

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  14. Well my friend the stars certainly performed for you....majic images as usual. These days a Turtle Dove around here would probably lead to a 'twitch'! Did you get to find a Ring Ouzel? FAB.

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  15. Great stuff Keith you sure have had a good day.

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  16. Yes indeed there were a lot of nice birds on this great day :-)
    What a pleasure for us to see them here !
    Love the chaffinch - awesome picture !

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  17. These are all nice photos. I always enjoy a look at the birds across the pond as my cousin says.

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  18. Wowza hon!!Beautiful as always..love love love the singing one!! Hope things are well with you hon! I am trying to catch up with everything this week! Thats what I get for taking four days off with the teeth thing LOL!
    Hugs, Sarah

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  19. Hi Keith,
    Looks like you had a great day at Paxton.I was there Sunday and apart from 2 Drake Red crested Pochard, there was not a great deal on offer. Well done on the Turtle Dove.

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  20. I heard a Chiffchaff today - my first this year - but I couldn't catch a glimpse of him let alone a photo.
    We don't get Nightingales up here and I have never seen one in my life or, to my knowledge, heard one - despite spending an evening in Berkeley Square many years ago!!!

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  21. Lovely pictures Keith, lovely to see these summer visitors (I have never seen a Turtle Dove) Yesterday, when I was out walking at my local patch, I heard the Cuckoo, so summer is really arriving at long last:)

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  22. Absolutely fabulous photos! The first one is a very very very beautiful scenery! There is an adorable, soft and romantic light! The chaffinch, blue tit and nightingale photos are magnificent!

    Have a wonderful weekend, ciao! :-)

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  23. Thank you Paul. I think they’re so photogenic.

    Thanks Trevor. Sadly not many places these days to see Nightingales. I’m lucky this particular place is not too far away.

    Chris, thanks for your comments. Those Black-tailed Godwit are spectacular in their breeding plumage.

    Bob, thank you for your very kind words. Appreciate it.

    Cheers Frank. That Turtle Dove was a great bonus. First one I’ve ever seen.
    No Ouzel; but I did see loads of Wheatears, and a Grasshopper Warbler. Kind of made up for it. :)

    Thanks Keith. This year has been great for birds so far.

    Pescalune, thank you. I was very pleased with how the Chaffinch came out.

    Thanks Abe. It is good seeing birds from other places. Glad you enjoyed them.

    Thanks Sarah. Hope all’s well now. :)

    Cheers Rob. I always enjoy Paxton. Usually something good there. The Turtle Dove was quite an early visitor apparently, so I’m told.

    Thanks John. Berkley Square lol. That old song certainly made them popular ;)

    Thanks Linda. Yea the spring visitors are arriving in droves now. Seems something new every day.

    Müge, thank you very much. Enjoy your weekend too.

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  24. WOW I finally get to see a turtle dove!! Thanks my friend- You def found some stellar shots for this post!!
    Hope you are feeling well and enjoying the rest of the weekend.

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  25. I especially like the last shot of the Nightingale, lovely. Linda

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  26. Love the Chiff Keith, my brother told me the other day that one visits the tree next to the front window but I have not seen him yet. The first shot is very dreamy, I can imagine the rabbit leaning on a tree eating a Cadbury's Caramel. (It's an advertisment from when I was a kid ;-).

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  27. Hi Keith, the photos of the Chaffinch and the Blue Tit are wonderful, if they only knew how famous they are... :-)
    The stars are hidden here as I am not quite well but I can hear birds singing through an open window next to my bed, it is a soothing symphony.

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  28. Dixxe, thank you. Handsome looking bird the Turtle Dove, isn’t he. :)
    Weekend is pretty good so far. Hope yours is too.

    Linda, thank you for stopping by, and leaving a comment. Appreciate it.

    Debbie, thank you. I’m sure there was a rabbit down there when I took the picture lol

    Thank you Petra. Sorry to hear you are unwell. Hope you make a speedy recovery.

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  29. The first shot is quite amazing Keith.
    Lovely images of the Chaffinch and Blue Tit. To get a Nightingale was good but a Turtle Dove you really did well. Great shots both of them.

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  30. Thanks Roy. I couldn't beleive it when I saw that Turtle Dove. Really pleased to see that one.

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