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Tuesday, 17 May 2011

A World Bird Wednesday Post

Sometimes we are lucky enough to see a rare bird. It was my lucky day last week.

A Spotted Sandpiper graced my local lake for a day, giving great views to a few local birders, giving me a lifer, and giving the county, a first.



An elusive Garden Warbler up next




and almost as elusive, a Willow Warbler.



This Chiffchaff was a bit more co-operative,



and a singing Blackbird, was very showy.



I've spent a lot of time recently trying to get a decent shot of the many Swifts we have flying around at the moment.


 The best I've managed so far.



I'll finish with some' baby cuteness'.

A young Long Tailed Tit.



An unusually coloured Mallard.



A Canada Goose gosling, having a scratch



and last one, a Mute Swan cygnet, just oozing cuteness.




Enjoy the rest of your week, and check out some more bird posts, from World Bird Wednesday.



81 comments:

  1. Fabulous images Keith.
    Wow Spotted Sandpiper, that is something else.

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  2. Wonderful collection of birds and photos. I love them all and it is too hard to pick a favorite. The birds are all cute. Congrats on your Spotted Sandpiper sighting.

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  3. Wow!! Congrats on the lifer. It's a beaut of a shot too...and the last shot...oh my gosh, they can't get any cuter!

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  4. What lovely images! Love the last one. Very high on the AWWWW scale!

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  5. they are so lovely this pics and fantastic this birds, I love to see that, big hugh Kathrin

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  6. What a beautiful set of images Keith. Excellent.
    The swift is just fantastic and as for the cygnet.......aaaahhhh. ;)

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  7. Stunning collection keith!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  8. Great variety of birds. I haven't seen any of those small ones, except for the sandpiper. We get a spotted here every once in a while. Love the baby swan!

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  9. What a great post! Beautiful shots, all of them - but two last of them - the cutest! And thank you so much for information - it will be easy now to find my birds in my book. So the last one is just mallard - even it has quite different colours. I follow you from now!

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  10. Thanks Roy. Yea, that bird caused quite a bit of excitement round here.

    Thank you Eileen. A great find, the Spotted Sandpiper.

    Thanks Kelly. That cygnet's a real heart melter lol

    Thanks Robin. The last one is one of my favourites ;)

    Kathy, thank you. Glad you enjoyed them :)

    Thanks Trevor. I'm glad I wasn't shooting film for that Swift shot lol

    Thanks Gary :)

    Dina, thank you. The Spotted was way off course, turning up here; and in breeding plumage too.

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  11. Thank you Marias, glad you enjoyed the 'cute' pictures. :)

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  12. I'm always amazed at the wonderful collection of birds that you see and capture each post. You always outdo your own self!

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  13. Thank you Hilary. I'm glad you enjoy them.
    I have a lot of fun taking them, and it's always good knowing other people enjoy them too.

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  14. superb stuff keith. Am jealous over the Spotted Sandpiper.

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  15. What a wonderful collection of birds! Congrats on the Spotted Sandpiper.
    The baby photos are adorable!

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  16. A beautiful set Keith. The LTT juvenile is a stunner. Congrats on the local lifer.

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  17. Cheers Matt. Yea, that was a great find. :)

    Thank you Marissa :)

    Thanks Andrew. :)

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  18. oh those are great!!! 'oozing cuteness'. :)

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  19. Your photos are stunning.
    I'm new to this. What does being given a lifer mean?

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  20. Hi Keith...well after all those wonderful comments, wow what can I say to top then!!
    You do a spectacular job behind the lens my friend...the last on of the cygnet is as you said "ooozing cuteness"...it is most adorable!!
    ♥ and Hugs!!

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  21. Texwisgirl, thank you. Cute overload lol

    Scrappy G, thank you.
    A lifer is the first time ever, that you've seen a particular bird. :)

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  22. Thanks grammie. Photographing birds is one of the things I love most. Hopefully it comes across in the pictures.
    Glad you enjoy them. :)

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  23. Great photos of all the birds but the Sandpiper is very special.

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  24. What gorgeousness on this page.
    And your (new?)website is ever so classy.

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  25. Wow- amazing photos. Love them all, especially the singing blackbird.

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  26. Awesome photos of the rare bird, the rest are awesome as well, I do love the baby bird photos, they are definately cute.

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  27. Oh my goodness, Keith. That last image is beyond cute! It surely must evoke an "Awwwww!" from everyone who sees it. :)

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  28. Superb series my friend and congrats on the lifer.

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  29. Great serie, im alway's impressed by your images of Blackbird...he is very interesting!

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  30. Absolutely terrific shots, Keith, each one of them! Congrats on the lifer! I have tried many times but have yet to get a decent shot of a swift... too far,too high, too fast!

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  31. Beautiful photos,all of them and beautiful birds aswell. I love the first one. And the last ones with the sweet babys :)

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  32. Well caught with the Spotted Sandpiper, the rest of them were also brilliant.

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  33. Adorable photos Keith! Each one of them is very beautifully and successfully taken! Have a great new week! Ciao! :)

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  34. All very good photos! The last one is absolutely adorable.

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  35. So many beauties! The day's just begun over here and what a cheer! :D

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  36. As I scrolled through these shots, I was thinking that there were so many good ones I couldn't pick a favorite...then I came to that last shot of the young swan...Hands down, my favorite!

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  37. Wow! You were hot on the birding trail this week. This is an awesome collection starting with the grand lifer. And brother, you know cuteness!

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  38. Wow, thanks for all the comments. I have to get off to work very soon, but I'll catch up properly later.

    Thanks Mick, it was a great bird to find, and see.

    Thanks Joco, and thanks for the compliment. :)

    Thank you Mike. The Blackbird was in full tilt with his song that morning.

    Horst, thank you. The young birds are so photogenic. :)

    Thank you Linda. They are little beauties at that age.

    Cheers Frank. A real boost when we see a bird like that isn't it. :-)

    Thanks Dominic. Often overlooked because they are common here, but the Blackbird has a lovely singing voice.

    Thanks Hilke. I took a lot of pictures of the Swifts, to get a couple that didn't finish up in the bin. Great fun trying though.

    fjällripan, thank you. The last shot is definitely popular :)

    Thanks Bob. A once in a lifetime moment I think. :)

    Müge, thank you. Hope your week is good too :)

    MaineBirder, thank you. Last one is one of my favourites too. :)

    Thank you Amila. Hope you have a great day. Just starting here now.

    Tammy, thank you. Glad you enjoyed them :)

    Springman, thank you. I've had a great few days recently; the trouble is, nothing else gets done lol

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  39. A great set Keith ! But my fav is definitely this cute little cygnet - soooo sweet :)

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  40. I love all of them but Swift is my favourite - I simply adore them:)

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  41. Hi there - that sandpiper is a cracker - and the rest of mighty fine as well.

    I have to say I miss the LBJ warblers that I used to watch - they were such markers of coming summer.

    Cheers Stewart M - Australia

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  42. Keith, the babies are darling---who couldnt love them? That is the best Swift photos Ive ever seen..BOY what a capture!! All the birds you shared today are very well photograhed and super birds!!

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  43. Fantastic photo and caption. Bravo!

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  44. Brilliant baby shots Keith. All characters in their own right. Great shot of the Swift. I always end up with a blurred silhouette.

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  45. Great series! I really like that Sandpiper and the Swift in flight.

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  46. Thanks Pescalune. The cygnet is a favourite I think ;)

    Thanks Joo. Took a lot of pictures to get a few. Good fun though.

    Thanks Stewart. It's a great time of the year here at the moment, with all the new arrivals.

    Sondra, thank you. I can't resist taking pictures of the little ones, no matter how often I see them. Glad you liked the Swift; I was very pleased with that one.

    Modesto, thank you :)

    Rezervesana, thank you :)

    Thanks John. I had lots of blurred Swifts to get a couple lol

    dreamfalcon, thank you. :)

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  47. Very cool you not only saw your lifer but got a great picture as well!

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  48. Fabulous images.I really like that Sandpiper and the Swift in flight.

    Thanks for visiting http://wwwmysrilanka.blogspot.com

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  49. Thanks Ryan. Yea, it was a great morning :)

    Shifan, thank you. The Swift was a challenge; but enjoyable.

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  50. Your photos had me oohing and aahing!

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  51. Thanks Pam, glad you liked them :)

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  52. Stunning! A perfect set of images. Beautiful!

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  53. Great shots, id be well please with a swift shot like that.

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  54. Fotokarusellen, thank you. :-)

    Thanks Mike :-)

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  55. Congrats on the Lifer! Very nice capture of him/her...to boot.
    You sure do have a great eye. I love all of the photos!

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  56. you have so many great birds and shots it is hard to comment on it. Well, congrats to tha lifer. And to that good shot of a swift. As you say, they are really hard. So fast and mostly too high up for the camera. Then I adore the little long tailed tit. :)

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  57. Oh wow these are all amazing! Thanks for sharing!

    Hummingbird

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  58. Your photography is exquisite and I always enjoy the visit.
    Today I'm smiling ear to ear with all the 'baby cuteness' - made my day! :)

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  59. Congratulations on the lifer; he's a beauty! All of your photos are wonderful! I love the singing Blackbird and the flying Swift. I can't get a decent flight shot to save my life. The babies are delightful!

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  60. the sandpiper is a nice looking bird. love the singing blackbird. of course love love all the cutness shots. could that be a white goose or white duck?

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  61. Jean, thank you. I was very pleased with the Sandpiper find. Always exciting to see a 'new' bird.

    NatureFootstep, thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed them :)

    Thanks Kim :)

    Thanks Carletta. I wasn't sure if there were too much 'cuteness' here lol

    Pat, thank you. I had a few tries at getting the Swift ;)

    Thanks Doreen. The little duck in the 9th shot, is one of 4 Mallard chicks, to survive from a family of 12. Two yellow, and two usual coloured ones now. They're from my local lake, and I've been watching their progress. I think they're all big enough now to survive the big world. :)

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  62. The sandpiper was a nice find, Keith. Thanks for your comment on my return. I hope to get out more now the work is finished. Hope you are keeping well.

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  63. Wow! Thoroughly thrilled to see these captures. Great shots.

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  64. Wonderful photos Keith, every one of them!!!

    You're right about the Garden Warbler being elusive. I don't think I have ever seen one!

    Love the one of the young LTT :)

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  65. What a thrill it is to spot an unusual bird,& have your camera with you!Your pictures should grace the pages of a magazine,you always capture them in their beautiful natural state,thanks for sharing them,phyllis

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  66. Thanks Emma. Good to see you back; and look forward to some more posts :)

    Indrani, thank you :)

    Jan, those Garden Warblers are a nightmare at times lol

    Phyllis, thank you. Maybe one day I'll have some in print. :)

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  67. Isn't it just great spotting an uncommon bird?! I couldn't help noticing the tires and the cool way they are attached to the wood structure. Is it a pier? The chicks are SO cute! Great captures.

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  68. Thanks JM.
    The tires are on a jetty, used by the local rowing club. It's useful for getting a bit further out on the lake sometimes. ;)

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  69. Wonderful collection Keith and well doneon this new nice lifer.... I love the long-tailed tit but the strange fashion mallard is also ver y nice. Well done Mate.

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  70. Great group of photos! thanks for sharing

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  71. Great going Keith love the pics well done

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  72. Thanks Chris. :)

    Iowa Gardening Woman, thank you for stopping by, and commenting :)

    Cheers Scott :)

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  73. Wow, lots of cuteness. Love the Spotted Sandpiper. Awesome photo.

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  74. Fantastic series of birds in this post. The black bird is a beauty...Thomas

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  75. Thanks Thomas. Appreciate your comments :)

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  76. Well done on the spotted sandpiper Keith, and a great image selection.

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  77. Thanks Bob. Yea, the Spotted Sandpiper was a great find.
    Very happy with that one.

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  78. Hey Keith, What a treat to go through your images.I just love the babies...

    Shantana

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  79. Shantana, thank you.
    I hope everything is well with you and your family. :-)

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