Thursday, 14 June 2018

In the Garden

In my garden I have 5 nest boxes that were all successfully used by Blue Tits. Consequently the garden is now full of the sounds of chirping juveniles, along with a good number of young Great Tits. As they aren't cute for long I decided I needed to get some shots, quite easy really as they are queuing up at the many feeders I have around the place. Getting the right pose is the tricky bit, as they don't keep still for more than a split second. Anyway I managed to get some decent images along with a few other species, although with the camera and lens set up I had, some of the species were a bit on the large size to fit in frame. I had to do a few head and arty images just so I could get the shots.

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Juvenile Blue Tit

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Juvenile Great Tit

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Male Bullfinch

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Female Bullfinch

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Female Blackbird

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Male Great-spotted Woodpecker

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Stock Dove

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Magpie

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Juvenile Magpie

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Azure-winged Magpies

Another species from our trip to Extremadura last year is the Azure-winged Magpie. A really smart looking bird that I had been hoping to get some good shots of. When we arrived at the hide it was very gloomy and raining, the first shots taken were not very good at all. Fortunately after an hour or two it started to brighten and the shots improved. Eventually having full sun on them.

Like our Magpies at home they are quite difficult to compose in the frame, their tails always being a problem and to have the whole bird in the frame makes them quite small on these web images, so I did a few close ups of head and shoulders so you can see how smart these birds are. There are more on my website.

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Monday, 30 April 2018

Hoopoes

Back to my trip to Extremadura, Spain last April for Hoopoes. Always a nice bird to photograph, although we were quite limited with the variety of shots we could get from the hide, with one perch near the nest. Luckily they did venture on to the grass below.

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Bird, Nature, Wildlife

Bird, Nature, Wildlife

Friday, 27 April 2018

Cattle Egrets

I have just returned from a another trip to Mallorca. Apart from the usual species there is always something different to photograph there. This time I managed to photograph Glossy Ibis, which has only been breeding there for a couple of years. I also spent a bit of time concentrating on Nightingales, a species we don't get here in north west England. I'll post a few images here from my trips, as I add them to my main site. First off are some Cattle Egrets, most of these are of a very tame bird from last October.

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Bird, Nature, Wildlife

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Bird, Nature, Wildlife

Bird, Nature, Wildlife

Bird, Nature, Wildlife

Bird, Nature, Wildlife

Bird, Nature, Wildlife

Monday, 26 February 2018

Common Scoter

A couple of weeks ago I spent a day at Barrow Lodge in Lancashire. A Common Scoter which is a sea duck had spent a week at a small lake here. Not a rare bird, but a difficult one to get close pictures of, as they spend most of the time in large flocks at sea. It was nice to get a variety of shots, on rough and calm, coloured water. I even managed some flight shots.











Thursday, 8 February 2018

Buzzards

It's been a while since I posted images of the Buzzards that I feed in my garden. I found it hard to believe when I checked the dates, but I have been feeding them now for over six years. I do now take them for granted and was thinking the other day how lucky I am and how I would miss them if they weren't here.
With that in mind, I decided that I would regularly take more photographs of them, trying some new and different settings. Here's a few new ones taken this year.








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