Everything has it's beauty, but not everyone sees it. - Confucius
Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Video highlights

I wanted to do a post for WBW, but didn't have much in the way of pictures; so, I've put together a video, of just a few of the highlights so far this year, from my local, Caldecotte Lake.

Anyone who follows that blog, will probably have seen these various clips at some time as I've already posted them, so sorry.


If not, then the clips are as follows:

Cormorant courtship display
A Crow thief
Goosanders messing around
Gulls doing the 'rain dance'
Great Crested Grebes performing the 'weed dance'


Hope you enjoy.






For more pictures and words from around the world, of birds, go to WBW


Tuesday, 21 February 2012

A mix

This is a post for World Bird Wednesday


A random mix of a few birds from the last few days/weeks. I'm not big on words at the moment, so the pictures will have to talk for me.



Goosander, female




Gadwall, male




Grey Heron




Great Tit




Blackbird, male




Tufted Duck, male




Blue Tit




Goosander, male


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For more birds from around the world, visit WBW.





Enjoy your day

Friday, 17 February 2012

Flying Friday

No flowers for Friday, again; and I'm getting a back-log of pictures to sort through, and process, but this is just a single shot from yesterday, that I rather liked myself. Hope you enjoy it too.



Grey Heron


Soon be the weekend, and I hope you all have a good one.

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Now here's something. It's bugged me the last few days; bloggers new word verification.
Have a look at Theresa's post, on her blog. She says it all so well!!


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Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Winters icy grip



Right now, like many places, we're feeling winters cold weather. Probably not as bad as some places, and our snow, (here anyway), has now gone.




Most of my local lake still remains frozen over though, with just a few areas untouched by winters icy grip, which must make it tough for the wildlife that lives there. 




One thing it does do though, is provide a few photo opportunities.



 Mute Swans




Mallards




Herring Gull




Shoveler




 Gadwall




Mallard, male




Mallard, female


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Sunday, 12 February 2012

Single Sunday

Apologies for the recent overkill of flight shots, but here's another. One taken from a sequence of a Mallard; similar to one I posted on my other blog, but hey, I use what I've got  lol





Enjoy your day

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Madge, over at The View From Right Here, has asked me to link a previous post to her Weekly Top Shot meme







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Friday, 10 February 2012

Flying Friday

Since I don't have any flowers available for Friday Flowers, we'll have to make do with a 'Flying Friday' instead.


Big birds are easier to practice on, but I can never seem to get a different enough swan shot.




The Heron though, is usually a different matter.




He'll either shout as he goes away from you, or sometimes he's just so slow, he begs to be experimented with.




Groups of geese are always good to practice with too. Plenty of them, and they're big.




Coming down in size, one of my favourite birds around here at the moment. The Goosander.






female



And a good all year round favourite, the Mallard.



male




male



A size smaller, quite an elusive bird, I find, for getting close and getting pictures. The Green Woodpecker.





More practice on the smaller birds is needed this year, and I guess a good challenge would be a Wren in flight.



The sun is shining today, and I'm stuck indoors waiting for a delivery. A new hard drive, to replace this one, because it keeps crashing at awkward moments. Still, at least it is still working, kind of.

Hope your day is better.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

A few from the last few days.

I'll include these for World Bird Wednesday.



Black Tailed Godwit



 Great Tit



 Herring Gull



Mallard, coming in to land.




 Siskin; one of my favourite winter birds.




 Tufted Duck; male



 Blue Tit



See more great birds from around the world, at WBW










Sunday, 5 February 2012

Single Sunday


Our snow arrived, so here's a bird associated with snow and Christmas.


Robin


Enjoy your day, whatever you are doing.


Thursday, 2 February 2012

Redpoll.



Or when is a Redpoll, not a Redpoll.





When I was a lot younger, bird watching seemed so much easier.
I had a pocket sized book, called 'The Observer's Book of Birds'
Probably a lot of young birdwatchers started out with this wonderful little book.

It contained brief descriptions of 243 species, with 200 illustrated in colour. As for the rest, you had to make do with black and white pictures, and their description, or in some cases, just a few lines of text.


The Redpoll page was illustrated in black and white, and its proud heading proclaimed the bird as: 
Lesser Redpoll.

Part of the description read: 
'a very small, striated, brown Finch with a red forehead. It also has a soft rose-pink breast, a black chin, and a tinge of pink on the rump. The female is without the pink on the breast, but otherwise is very like the male in appearance. In the winter the plumage is less bright and has a greyer tone.'

And where could this lovely little bird be found?

I quote......'Among trees, and elsewhere in the country. It is more abundant in the north.'

Easy, wasn't it.


Today, the British list comprises of 596 birds. More than twice the number I grew up with.

I think it's fair to say that the extra 353 birds were always there. I just didn't know about them. Neither did a lot of other people.
Over the years various birds were split into different species, and the list steadily grew.


Back to the Redpoll, or Lesser Redpoll.

I use some software to record the birds that I've seen, when I go out, and the software lists various birds depending on how they are classified these days. 

For the Redpoll, I have;

1 ......................  Lesser Redpoll
2 ...................... Common Redpoll, which is split into 3 types.......Mealy Redpoll, Greenland Redpoll, and Icelandic Redpoll.
3 ........................Arctic Redpoll, which is also split into 2 types.....Coues's Redpoll, and Hornemanns Redpoll.


I think this is what's known as progress, and I'm certainly not going to go into the details of the diagnostics of separating the various 'makes and models' here.  Basically it's down to variations in the lightness of the markings, and in the case of the Arctic Redpoll, apparently look at the bum area, and under the tail feathers. Light, with no streaking, is a pretty good way to tell that that's yer boy..

Anyway, yesterday, myself and Trevor, paid a visit to Titchwell Marsh, nature reserve, where we are reliably informed, and I am also very confident, that we saw all three; Lesser, Common, and Arctic Redpolls.
Here's just a few of the pictures I took of these lovely little birds, (and they are by no means good pictures), while we were there.


I'll let you decide on the various 'makes' on offer here.









Enjoy the rest of your day.