Everything has it's beauty, but not everyone sees it. - Confucius
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Sunday, 18 April 2010

Stop and Stare

A few random ones from this month, doing what the title says.
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Goldfinch, caught mid-feed.
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Mistle Thrush watching me, watch him.
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Blackbird catching a hearty breakfast.
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Blue Tit gathering nesting material. (I’d just brushed my dog)
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Spring lamb, wondering who this strange man is.
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Little Ring Plover; stopping and staring.
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And my last one, a particular favourite moment. I was walking down a footpath beside a field, checking my camera, and as I looked up, bounding down the path towards me, was this chap.
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A Stoat. I stopped, fired off a few shots, then he realised something was on the path ahead of him.
We both froze for a second, before he disappeared into the long grass.
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Magic
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28 comments:

  1. Magic indeed Keith. Great collection and what a bonus the Stout was. Brilliant capture.

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  2. Really great, especially is Little Ringed Plover and the Stoat. Nice one Keith.

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  3. Thanks Trevor. I always get a thrill when I see a Stoat. I think they're lovely. lol

    Thanks Bob. I was pleased with those two as well.

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  4. All the pics posted today are brilliant, love goldfinches trying to get them to visit the back garden. Whats Blackbird got stuffed in his beak? Blue tit can't get enough of your doggy hair, (sure its not yours);-). Stoaty takes the biscuit though, fab-u -lous.

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  5. Thanks Debbie.
    I think the Blackbird has got loads of little worms, and the Blue Tit had plenty of hair to choose from. Mine? lol

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  6. Gosh! What a super collection Keith. The stoat's great.

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  7. I love the blue tit with the dog hairs ! Stoat is beautiful too :)
    Great catches - as always ;)

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  8. Looks like the Blackbird has a brood to feed.
    Never managed to get close enough to photograph a Mistle Thrush - very shy and retiring here though noisy enough to be heard half way across the village.
    Great photo of the stoat.

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  9. The birds are super Keith..that Plover is super close and crisp...LOVE THE Pink Ears on that sweet lamb and the weasel is--WOW what a great capture!!

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  10. Stop and stare is just like being in the right place at the right time with the right lens. Great post and images. Some of the birds you photograph in the wild are the same that I used to raise in captivity. I like the wild the best.

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  11. Fantastic pictures. I love the staring that they give you.

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  12. Lot's of wonderfull shots you've got here. First of all Goldfinch - a very beautiful bird, I love the shot of the lamb and the last one shows that you are the best not only in bird photography, Keith.

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  13. Thanks Emma. I’m getting a soft spot for Stoats lol

    Pescalune thank you for your comments. :)

    Thank you John. The Blackbird is busy on the grass every morning. He must be nesting fairly close.

    Dixxe, thank you. :)

    Thanks Dale. I agree; much prefer to see them all in the wild.

    Bill, thank you. I often wonder what they think when they stare like that.

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  14. All good shots but that last shot is a real cracker and such a precious moment in time.

    Re my last post: if only I had the time to stake it out, unfortunately work gets in the way. :-(

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  15. Another good collection, the Blue Tit looks rather amusing.

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  16. Wow Keith,
    What a fantastic post.. The last picture and the ring plover ones are wonderful! Man to get this last one I would have crawl again ;-) This is just perfect and beautiful!!!

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  17. I had to chuckle when I saw the tit with the dog fur. That will make the perfect nest I'm sure. All the shot are wonderful. What a great caption.

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  18. Another great set of images Keith and you really got the Stoat in the right spot.

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  19. what an excellent post! Love the blue tit with your dog's hair! How funny. The lamb and stoat are adorable, all these pictures are so great! And so fitting for the title :)

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  20. Superb selection an excellent round up.

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  21. Thanks for all the comments. Late in replying; having a few problems and set backs, plus internet connection is a bit stop start at the moment.

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    Kerry, thanks for your comment. Work has a lot to answer for lol

    Thanks Bob. It was great watching the little chap with the fur.

    Cheers Chris. I try to crawl sometimes, but not as easy as it used to be lol

    Thanks Andrea. It’s going to be a cosy nest :)

    Thanks Roy. We both froze for a moment; then he was gone.

    Jill, thank you for your comment.

    Thanks Adrian :)

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  22. Great shot of the stoat - they are real characters - they always look happy.

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  23. How on earth did you get that little Stoat to come out and pose (strange name for me...I think we call them ermine here, but they are not common around our place!) He is beautiful. Of course, I love the little lamb. ...and the Blue Tit with your dog's hair. Must make warm nesting material!

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  24. Great photography Keith brilliant shot of the
    Stout.

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  25. Oh that IS magic. You and your lens seems drawn toward it. I'm thankful for that.

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  26. Irishwildlifephotography, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I think Stoats are fast becoming a favourite of mine :)

    Thanks Kelly. A right time and place moment with the Stoat; and luck lol

    Cheers Keith.

    Thank you Hilary.

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  27. I love the photograph of the Blue Tit with the nesting material. Very well done.

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  28. Thank you Anna. I think the babies will be very cosy with all the fur. :)

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