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Sunday, 29 May 2011

A Sunday post

A quick post today. I've still not managed to catch up with everyone yet, apologies for that.

My life feels like I'm in a supermarket queue sometimes, just waiting for my turn to checkout.

I spent yesterday at my local lake, trying to get some shots of all the Sand Martins flying around. A lot of fun, a lot of pictures, and a lot of rubbish.

Here's a couple that I kept.





Something that was a bit easier, was a Mallard, and her ducklings.





A couple of Great Crested Grebe happened to fly by, which is unusual to see them airborne.




I'll finish with a flower I found today, at my local lake. One I've never seen before, and a little bit special.




If I've got the ID right, it's a Bee Orchid.


Enjoy the rest of the day, and have a great week.

32 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos of the Sand Martins, and your ID is exactly right.

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  2. Wow! I'm amazed at how beautiful these photos are. And then I looked on the right side bar ands see a bird eating out of a hand! I'm so jealous! :)

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  3. Thanks Bob. I'd hoped it was a Bee Orchid :-)

    Thank you Elizabeth. Yea, a great moment when the Robin ate from my hand ;-)

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  4. What a treat to find the Bee Orchids, I knew you were going to have some great wildflowers there Keith! Beautiful photos too... but of course yours always are :)

    Keeping up with all the great blogs is a bit like painting the Forth Bridge isn't it!

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  5. so pretty. love the martins!

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  6. Thanks Jan. It's amazing what turns up at the local lake from time to time.
    My life seems to be going round in circles at the moment. lol

    Thank you Theresa :-)

    Kah-Wai Lin, thank you. Appreciate your comments. :-)

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  7. Nothing better to cheer you up and lift the spirits than a mallard pic, they have such perky happy fizzogs.... Then the itsy bitsy baby ducky wucky ahhhhh. Wow funny that how you wander all over the place and then stumble upon something new and exciting when least expecting. Nature really is priceless. Enjoy the rest of your weekend bud

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  8. Thanks Debbie. Yea, nature is full of surprises, and never boring. :-)

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  9. Great Sand Martin shots Keith and yes thats a Bee Orchid, quite rare in most parts of the country.

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  10. Great serie, love the young mallard and the orchid ;)

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  11. Cheers Roy. As it's off the main path a bit, I think the Orchid will go unnoticed by a lot of people.

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  12. Great post Keith. The first shot of the Sand Martin is excellent. :o)

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  13. Birds in flight are a real challenge, but you've managed to get some good captures here. That first one is especially nice. And what an interesting flower. I can see where it gets its name.

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  14. Thank you Linda. I was very happy to find the Orchid; a first for me.

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  15. Great find with the Orchid, it's beautiful. The bird images are also wonderful. Love your photos.

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  16. I've seen one or two of our native orchids but not a bee orchid as yet.
    Great shots as always Keith.

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  17. We were out on our boat yesterday evening, and of all times to not have my camera...a family of Mallards ~ mother and children came right up to our boat looking for hand-outs. If we had something to offer them, they would have taken it right from our hands. I was so upset I didn't have my camera or any food!

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  18. Thank you Horst :-)

    ladyfi, thank you :-)

    Thanks John. I was pleased with that find. :-)

    Jillsy, that's always the way :-(

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  19. The Mallards are so beautiful . I love the detail in them. Love all the photos. You really make me want to go and look for any kind of birds. Wish me luck . I need it.
    Loved your flower also. Its always a teat coming here.
    Have a wonderful day

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  20. Great captures of the Sands Keith.
    Lovely images.

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  21. You did well Keith the Sand Martins are difficult to photograph flying around like little missles. Great shot of the Mallard chick

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  22. Thanks Lisa. Glad you enjoyed your visit. Good luck with your search ;-)

    Thanks Andrew.

    Thanks Bob.

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  23. I admire your courage in even attempting to get those Sand Martin pics.... they're so fast so well done you... very nice indeed!

    And I'm sure you're right about the Bee Orchid ID.

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  24. Thanks Tricia. They're quite challenging, but a lot of fun. lol

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  25. Great shots Keith well done on getting the martins the speed they come whizzing past lol

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  26. Thanks Scott. Took a lot of pictures of those Martins; and a lot of rubbish too lol

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  27. Hi Keith....what great shots you posted in this one, I dont even try to follow those guys with my camera---I will only get a blur, so Great JOB!!
    I am behind also with blogging, commenting and reading Ive been traveling but IM home now and the heat is settling in so Ill have plenty of time on my hands!!

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  28. Thanks Sondra. Getting behind with blogs is so easy to do. I seem to miss a day, and then spend two trying to catch up lol

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