Everything has it's beauty, but not everyone sees it. - Confucius
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Saturday, 26 June 2010

A quick one

Time for a new post. I seem to be getting so far behind in everything at the moment. All this time off work, and I still have lots of things to do. Never mind. The expression on this Starlings face says a lot, I think.
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While I was out a few days ago, I came across this lovely Little Owl.
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Unfortunately, he didn’t sit posing for very long, but at least I managed a couple of shots before he went.
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A couple of ‘commons’ in one shot next.
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A Common Blue Damselfly on a Common Spotted Orchid.
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While I’m in ‘plant’ mood, here’s a couple more.
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The first is a thistle. Not sure which type though. And the second is some Oats, that were ‘wildly sowed’.
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A couple of a Reed Warbler.
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It made a nice change to get some fairly clear views.
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And this last one, I’m very pleased with.
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A Spotted Flycatcher. The first time I’ve seen one, and she gave me some lovely views.
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Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
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30 comments:

  1. ...the starling shot is priceless--love those fluffed-up feathers and head-on shot. The Reed Warblers are so pretty. I need to look up their song to hear what they sound like. (Cute with the oats!)

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  2. Wow the little owl and the reed warbler shots are really cool and nice! Well done Keith. In the last few years, I learned something, and even now that we have two kids ;-) I'm also pretty busy, barely have time to take pictures, overloaded with work and nappies change ;-)
    You know what, you just have to accept it and enjoy life on a day-to-day base... Carpe diem my friend ;-)
    Take care,
    Chris.

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  3. First of all, great "haircut" of the first Starling:)

    Second of all, I like your photos of nature, I mean everyone knows that you take great photos of birds, but lately there are more plants and flowers in your pictures - I like them a lot.

    Finally, the Reed Warbler is a beauty!!

    Greetings from Poland:)

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  4. A great combo (plants & birds). Bet you were glad you took your camera when you spied the spotted flycatcher.

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  5. I love the starling and the damselfly.

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  6. Thanks Kelly. I think Starlings make great subjects for behaviour shots.

    Joanna, thank you for your compliments. A lot of plants have really caught my eye recently. Such beauty all around us.

    Cheers Chris. Yea, I think take each day as it comes, and enjoy it. :)

    Debbie, thank you. Something I’ve not managed yet; forget the camera. Always a first time though, I suppose. lol

    JoLynne, thank you. I love Starlings; they’re never dull ;)

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  7. Awwww the Reed Warblers are stunning !!
    And the flycatcher too :)
    I never had an occasion to take a pic of an owl - you're lucky !
    And las but not least ... I really love your plant pics Keith - you're really good at this !!!
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

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  8. Well I wasn't going to suggest you sleep with yoour camera. You don't do you? ;-)

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  9. The Starling brought to my mind Cilla Black - 'Surprise, surprise'. Love the Little Owl. Never seen one myself. Great shots of the other birds also.

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  10. The Little Owl and the Spotted Flycatcher are super shots Keith, and are my favourites.

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  11. Interestingly I captured a Starling in a very similar pose while away...lol.
    Congrats on the Spot Fly capture and addition to your life list...well done. Cracking set of images. Take care..FAB.

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  12. the owl is a great shot, so unusual to catch them in daylight. (Ithink)

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  13. the starling looks startled!! love his spiky hair do. great series Keith!!

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  14. Pescalune, thank you. I only just noticed the owl, before he spotted me, and left lol

    Debbie, the camera is always in a handy place ;

    Thanks John. The Starling does have a startled look about him :)

    Bob, thank you. I was very happy with the Spotted Flycatcher. :)

    Thanks Frank. The Starlings are great performers lol

    Thank you Ginger. The Little Owl does have a habit of sitting around during the daytime here. It does seem strange to see them in the day.

    Thank you Doreen. The Starling made me smile when I saw it :)

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  15. Starlings are great posers, such characters! A lovely set of photos again. I loved the Little Owl, the Reed Warbler, especially the first photo, and of course the Spotted Flycatcher.

    Hope the high temperature isn't too much for you, it doesn't do me any favours but always nice to have the sun.

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  16. Keith what can I say, they Reed Warbler is brilliant and the Flycatcher is just great. That Little Owl is lovely and I just never see them now. Great set of photos.

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  17. I live in and around wild oats and have never really seen them the way you show them in this image. Ya and I have to admit to sewing a few in my day as well but that is a story for another post. :)

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  18. Thanks Jan. The hot weather can be draining. It's making me very lazy lol

    Thanks Roy. I only just noticed the Little Owl that day, while I was walking. He didn't sit for long, unfortunately.

    Dale, thanks. Yea, the my days of 'wild oats' seem a distant memory lol

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  19. Beautiful series, the first image is a stunner...Thomas

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  20. Thank you Thomas; appreciate your comment. :)

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  21. WOW - A word I use a great deal with your pictures Keith. That Starling's expression is priceless :D and you got yerself a Spot Fly after all .... The warbler's not a bad pic either.. ;)

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  22. excellents captures! i like the owl very much..hard to catch! regards

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  23. Thanks for your comments Tricia. Yea, I was really pleased with that Spotted Flycatcher :)

    Costea, thank you for stopping by and commenting.
    I was very lucky with the owl. Don't see many about during daylight.

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  24. Cracking shots of the Reed Warbler and a lovely shot of the Spotted Flycatcher - you must have been over the moon to see one for the first time and get some great shots.

    Nice to see the Little Owl as well. We used to have them round here but they all disappeared.

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  25. Great shot of the much underated Starling Keith. Well done with the Little Owl and Spotted Flycatcher..neither are easy to find and photograph well. Still waiting for my first Owl shot. Superb post ...you are certainly producing the goods just lately.

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  26. Thanks Kerry. Yea, very happy with the Spotted Flycatcher :)

    Trevor, thank you. I love Starlings. I think they're birds with a lot of character.

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  27. You have the best nature shots. A good look at an owl is such a gift, isn't it? I had the good fortune of seeing a family of barred owls the other day. I wasn't able to get great shots because of the dim lighting but it was still such a thrill. Just like a visit to your blog.

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  28. Thank you for your kind words Hilary.
    Yea, it's always a treat to see these usually 'night' creatures.

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  29. What a beautiful bokeh behind that starling..and his face is priceless!! Great Capture of the owl----and congrats on the spotted flycatcher..that is a wonderful pose!!

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  30. Dixxe, thank you. Starlings are one of the 'performers' of the bird world, I think. Full of character lol

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