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Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Some birds

A few birds today.

Wren
Blackbird

Green Woodpecker. I just can’t seem to get close to him. When I do, this happens,

My usual view


This Magpie was basking in the sun the other day.
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Ok, I know I said birds, but……. A few days ago my friend Frank did a post about a walk he had. On this walk, he noticed a pair of Black-tailed Skimmers locked in the ‘wheel’ position. Both males. He asked, 'how unusual was that?'
Well I’d never seen it before, and then I saw this the other day.

Not the best of pictures, but two males…. Black-tailed Skimmers…… flying over the water, locked in the ‘wheel’ position. I think it was a dispute over territory; or they were fighting over a girl. There was a female flying round too.
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And to finish, another dragon. This one a Four-spotted Chaser, that seems to have been fighting over something too; or maybe he had a lucky escape from a predator.
Quite a nasty chunk out of one of his wings.
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Hope the rest of your week is peaceful.
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27 comments:

  1. Thanks for that nice walk ;)
    The Woodpecker is great !! Magpie too - they are not easy to catch - quite wary birds !
    Beautiful - even strange - dragons ;) I have never noticed that here ...

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  2. Thank you Pescalune. I think I need a bigger lens to get my shots of the woodpecker lol

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  3. Your Magpie looks just like ours over here. I did not know they ranged so far. I have yet to ever get an image of a wren that I was happy with. Practice makes perfect?

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  4. Keith, maybe to tell them apart, the Black-tailed Skimmers, it couldn't be that one an oldish female, they can becomes a bit like the male. A book that said it, not me. The rest of them are all really good, and really I'm fond of the Four-spotted Chaser, and you make an excellent shot. I've said enough.

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  5. Thanks Dale. I think I'm always practising lol
    Took me ages to get close to some birds, and others I'm still trying to.

    Thanks Bob. One of the books I have, has the female a yellow colour. Perhaps it was some male bonding lol

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  6. The woodpecker even looks good from behind, flashing his yellow rump as he flies away.

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  7. What a big head and beak on that green woodpecker, only ever seen them on here and in magazines before so even a rear end view would be good for me.

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  8. I really like the flight shot of the woodpecker - and the skimmers are amazing!

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  9. Thanks Wilma. He's quite a colourful bird. One day I'll get close ;)

    Debbie, thanks. Yea, they have such a large beak.

    Thanks Phil :)

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  10. thanks Keith, that was a fun walk to join you on. Lovely shots bud.

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  11. Nice to catch up with your blog Keith great images as always

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  12. Nice to catch up with all the great images Keith

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  13. Great photos, Keith. I think Wrens are really difficult, not that I've seen one for a few months, they are far too good at camouflaging themselves :)

    I think Bob may be right about the Black-tailed Skimmers, if you look at the British Dragonfly Society it shows the mature female as quite black. Have a look here http://www.dragonflysoc.org.uk/orcan.html

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  14. Hi Keith! I really love the woodpecker. Actually, I love all of these photos. Your friend, Slinky

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  15. Cheers Nick, glad you enjoyed it mate. Maybe one day a walk for real might happen. :)

    Thanks for your comment Keith.

    Jan, thanks for the link. The female is certainly darker. I need to go back and have another look round that lake ;)

    Lenora, thank you :)

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  16. Dear friend,
    I have an award for you on my blog.

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  17. Very well done and interesting photos.

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  18. Thank you for your comment Claudia, and the award. :)

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  19. Keith, another great collection. I like the Green Woodpecker, how cool, never seen one in these colors. Hey don't limit yourself to birds, sometimes its amazing what we can find, and sometimes even photo is not of the best quality, still seeing something unusual is rewarding. Thanks for sharing, the Black-tailed Skimmers photos are really good, knowing that its smaller in size and you have to go after, I think it isn't that easy. You have yourself good week also. Anna :)

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  20. Thanks for your comments Anna.
    Yea, I should experiment more, and try other things lol

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  21. Your winged critters always amaze me. I quite like the bird in flight photos. They're usually the ones which escape me.

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  22. Two Dragons in flight, that really is good Keith.

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  23. Thank you Hilary. Most of my flight pictures are of them flying away lol

    Thanks Roy. A quick, lucky burst on the trigger lol

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  24. The Green WP has a very intense looking face, its not a bad photo at all!! Hmmm have to wonder what those dragons are up to, NICE SHOTS of them by the way---

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  25. Thanks Dixxe. Those Green Woodpeckers would usually see me long before I got that close. Something must have caught his eye there lol

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  26. Hi Keith Again I come here and am in aww of your wonderful shots , each is so different .
    I really like the maggpie in the grass and this last photo. The maggie looks like he is having some funa nd also making alot of noice .Also I love how you captured him. Your so good with the birds. I guess that is a weak spot for me so I enjoy your view very much so.

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  27. Lisa, thank you for your very kind words.
    The birds are my favourite subjects, so I try to do them justice :)

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