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Sunday, 16 May 2010

A couple of firsts, some regulars, and a bit of 'cuteness'

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This was my first Dragonfly of the year, taken yesterday.
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A Hairy Dragonfly. Rather appropriate I thought, as I’ve had the nickname of ‘hairy’, for many years. Dunno why.
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Next two shots are more ‘firsts’ for me. Taken a couple of weeks ago.
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A male Garganey. Not the best of shots, but I was pleased to see one.
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Another first for this year, was a Hobby, doing a quick fly pass.
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Must try and get a better one soon.
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A few warblers next,
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From the top, they are Blackcap, Reed Warbler, and Garden Warbler.
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Finally, a touch of ‘cuteness’. A couple of young Long Tailed Tits.
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Enjoy the rest of the day.
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35 comments:

  1. Nice to see the dragonfly, Another cracking post.

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  2. When I was a kid dragonflies seemed more common but perhaps that's just because I went to more appropriate places. Bit of a tomboy back then. Your dragonfly is totally beautiful from head to tail, the wings look like stained glass windows. The two long tailed tits also tick the cuteness box, it looks like one is saying to the other, whatever you do don't look back there's something hairy giving us the eye

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  3. Hi Keith,
    Superb. I love the cuteness picture but all are very nice. We do have garganey around here too at the moment, but they are usually rare. I hope to see one also.

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  4. Brilliant set of images there Hairy, your Garganey is tons better than mine.
    Sam

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  5. Love your touch of cuteness ;)
    Nice pics - like ever !
    The Garganey is really nice - I hope I'll see one too one day ! That are very beautiful ducks.
    And the hairy dragon is very surprising - lol

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  6. Your Nightingales and GC Grebe are also superb.

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  7. Lovely selection Keith. The LT Tits are a great capture.

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  8. Goodness me. I don't expect to see a dragon for a couple of months yet. Lovely photos of your songsters and the young LTTs. Haven't seen any LTTs for quite a while.

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  9. Thanks Adrian. These are one of the early ones, and a bit scarce, apparently. First time I've seen this particular one.

    Thanks for your comments Debbie; you always put a smile on my face. Can't wait for the dragons to start appearing a bit more.

    Chris, thank you. The Garganey is not too common here, so it was great to see one.

    Thanks for your comments Sam. Appreciate them. The Garganey is a stunning duck. Love to get a closer shot ;)

    Pescalune, thank you. I'm glad I managed to see my namesake dragonfly at last; and the Garganey.

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  10. Thanks John. Apparently these are one of the earliest dragonflies around. I was so surprised to see it.

    Thank you Angie. Yea, those little long tails just ooze charm don't they.

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  11. Excellent blackcap shot. And the other shots are great too. You are so lucky to see a hobby: one bird of prey that I would love to see.

    Hope that sun is shining on you on this beautiful Sunday.

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  12. Hi Keith well done on getting some firsts, always rewarding when your efforts pay off. Great shot of the Long Tailed Tits.

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  13. Wondeful to see a Hobby, Keith. I hope to see one for the first time in Suffolk later in the year. Lovely selection of pictures altogether. Thanks for your kind words on my latest post.

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  14. I love the Dragonfly, Hairy. What a lovely Garganey, you should have been honoured.

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  15. Thanks Kerry. The Hobby is a cracking bird to see. Like a giant Swift in the sky.
    Sun was shining at 6 this morning, when I ventured out, but it's dull and cloudy now. :(

    Thanks Bob. Yea, it's been a good year so far for me.

    Emma, thank you. I'm sure you'll see a Hobby in Suffolk. Lovely birds.

    Thanks Bob B. Yea, great to see 'my' dragonfly first ;)

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  16. What a beautiful dragonfly. The birds are pretty, too, but I expected them to look good.

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  17. Thanks for your comment JoLynne.
    The birds are always the stars :)

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  18. The dragonfly is beautiful, it looks like a jewelry almost.
    The cute couple are so significant of spring, just like the rest of the birds are,
    xo

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  19. Thanks Zuzana. I'm looking forward to seeing more dragonflies over the coming weeks. Along with butterflies, they remind me of flying jewels.

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  20. superb stuff Keith - that Hairy Hawker is a beauty; not seen any yet this year.

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  21. Thanks Matt. First time I've seen one, so very pleased.

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  22. Well done on capturing more 'firsts. Your list must be building up well this year. Cracking shot of the 'Hairy'...trust you scrub up as well..Lol. Take care. FAB.

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  23. That dragonfly looked like a gold jewel! LOL on the hairy nickname! Those long tailed Tits looked like cute lovebirds to me! :-)

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  24. Love the first warbler! I have no idea what specie it is...but its beautifull!

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  25. Lovely dragonfly, Keith! I haven't seen any damsels or dragons here and hardly any butterflies yet but it has been so cold so not conducive.

    Well done with the Garganey :) your photo is much better than mine, you managed to get closer, I wish I could cart my long Sigma lens around but it is just too heavy for me to take out.

    Lovely Reed Warbler and Garden Warbler too and as for the LTTs...!

    I could have sworn I commented on your previous post on the Nightingales (which I really enjoyed) but I have all sorts of problems every evening from about 8-10pm, blogs won't load or if they do then I am not able to comment. It seems to me to be blogger/google rather than my ISP but I haven't noticed anyone else mention it so not sure what is going on, it is a real pain though!

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  26. I have a special fondness for dragonflies so I especially love that first shot, but of course, as always, they're all fantastic.

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  27. Cheers Frank. This years list is doing well, I can't believe it. 143; 20 more than last year so far.
    Afraid I don't scrub up as well as I used to lol

    Thanks Shelley. I couldn't resist posting those Long Tailed Tits :)

    Dominic, thank you. The first warbler is a Blackcap. Lovely singers.

    Thanks Jan. The weather hasn't been to warm for the damsels and dragons yet. I was lucky to see that dragon.
    You'll have to get Mr.Jan to carry your lens for you. lol
    I've had a few problems with blogger recently, mainly uploading pictures; but that time of the evening is pretty busy on the interenet. One day it'll all grind to halt I think.

    Hilary, thank you. I love to see the dragonflies on the wing. Not many around here yet though.

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  28. ...beautiful series...the last photo does with the cuteness award! I also love the bird with the black cap. He's a cutie too!

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  29. Lovely set of images Keith. That Garganey is special.

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  30. Hi Keith.
    You may not have Dippers in your neck of the woods...but you sure have a variety of birds.
    Especially like the Warblers and young L.T. Tits. I only saw my first Hobby last week...lovely birds.

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  31. Garganey. That one through me for a loop. I had never heard of it before so I looked it up! Not found in any of my bird books but found it on the internet. Just goes to show you that us old men don't know everything and can still learn...
    Another Great Post.

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  32. Kelly, thank you. Even the adult Long Tailed Tits scream cute. lol

    Thanks Roy. They are a beautifully marked duck. First time I'd seen one.

    Thanks Trevor. The Hobby is a cracking bird. I want to get some more shots of these.

    Thanks for your comment Dale. Yea, I hope I never stop learning. lol

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  33. The dragonflies is such a "jurasic" creature and I love them! And the pic of the two young birds is absolut lovely! Your blog is a great pleasure..... Greetings from Luzia.

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  34. congrats on the dragonfly! so hard to get them sitting long enough, also butterflies. too fast for me! the last one is a cutie!

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  35. Lucy, thank you for your comments :)

    Thank you Doreen

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