Wood Pidgeon, York

I get the impression these are perfectly normal birds in the UK, but they're quite a novelty to me. Those fancy collars! There were three in the yard of the pub we stayed in, but they wouldn't sit still to be photographed. Here's one from the walk into town:

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[personal profile] nanila2017-07-20 08:50 am

Tawny owl

Short-eared owl
[Grainy photo of a short-eared tawny owl sitting on a lawn]

I know this isn't the greatest photo of all time. In my defense, I did take it from behind a dusty windowpane in an upstairs bedroom where I was crouched breathlessly lest I frighten it off.

There've long been barn owls living at my partner's parents' home in rural Norfolk, but I'd never seen any other type of owl there. I was surprised, therefore, to see this tawny owl (h/t to [personal profile] shapinglight for corrected identification) sitting on their lawn at dusk a couple of weeks ago. I worked out that it was watching a group of four partridges who were pecking through the pebbles in the drive, closer to the house. They seemed a rather optimistic target, given that the owl wasn't much bigger than they were.

The owl flew off and returned to the lawn several times whilst I watched, but never made a move on the partridges, who eventually moved onto the roof of the house and over to the other side.
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[personal profile] rydra_wong2017-07-18 08:16 pm

Pigeon!

I had to check the comm profile to try to decide if this was legit, as this was clearly not a wild pigeon; it was obviously someone's sleek, well-fed and well-cared-for homing/racing pigeon.

However, it was definitely "unsupervised", as it was hanging out at a gritstone crag eating bilberries and watching the climbers.

It wouldn't quite let people touch it, but was otherwise very comfortable with humans and happy to let you get very close.

I took a lot of photos of it trying to get a shot of the tags on its legs, as I was worried it was someone's beloved pet and lost. But when I got home, I found out that the "report a found pigeon" websites (they exist, naturally) say in rather weary tones not to even bother unless the pigeon's been around for at least 48 hours; apparently they like to take pit stops.

Pigeon with beautiful iridescent neck

Cut for more pigeon )
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[personal profile] redsixwing2017-07-17 10:43 am

Insect Season

Cattails and water skippers in a local ditch.

skippers and cattails

A very vivid ladybug on a maple tree.

ladybug on maple
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[personal profile] nanila2017-07-17 04:18 pm

Great crested grebe

Urban great crested grebe nest
[Macro image of a great crested grebe sitting on its nest.]

I spotted this great crested grebe brooding on its nest in the canal at Westerdok in Amsterdam. I thought its nest was a remarkable construction: the usual twigs, but also bits of plastic rubbish, and finishing touches of hollyhock. I was also impressed by the two female mallard duck bodyguards who immediately rushed over when I started taking photos. They didn't quack, but eyed me up silently as they circled the nest at a careful distance.

We were staying on a barge nearby for three nights and I checked on the grebe morning and evening. I don't believe it stirred from the nest in that time, so hopefully soon there will be some freshly hatched urban grebes learning to navigate the Dutch canal system!

newbie post

Hello there, this is my first post, actually it's my first post on DW ever!
I created this account as a back-up when there were rumours of livejournal being shut down. I still keep my journal over there, but when I asked for fun communities at DW a friend recommended this one.
The description looked perfect to me, I love the ordinary little beauties that are to be found in common nature everywhere. And now I got a place to share them. *sobs of happiness*

I'm in Germany, the North part of it. Have a random overgrown fence to go with my little introduction.

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[personal profile] shadowycat2017-07-05 08:35 am

Baby Robins

There appear to be three baby robins in the nest over my patio, and they seem to be getting bigger by the moment. Mama is really kept hopping keeping them fed. :D

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Baby Robins )
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[personal profile] nanila2017-07-04 04:32 pm

Comma butterfly

Comma butterfly
[Macro images of a comma butterfly from the side, wings partially open, with its brilliant orange and black colour scheme & scalloped edges in view.]

I was getting a bit worried that the oregano and lavendar were in bloom and I had yet to see many butterflies in our Worcestershire garden. Today, though, I saw three cabbage whites, a very tattered small tortoiseshell, two skippers and two speckled woods. This was a tremendous relief. I also disturbed quite a number of white plume moths whilst clearing out weeds. They all flitted into the hedgerow, which I left untouched, so I'm hopeful they weren't too put out.
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[personal profile] shadowycat2017-06-27 08:55 am

Mama Robin

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A mama robin has taken up residence in a nest in a tree next to my back patio. The nest was occupied last year by a robin, too. Of course, there's no way to know if it's the same robin sitting there now as sat there last year. Regardless, I was surprised to see the nest occupied again. I didn't think robins did that sort of recycling. From what I was able to find on the subject, it's not common but does happen occasionally. Has anyone else seen this sort of reuse of old nests?
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[personal profile] rdm2017-06-26 06:31 am

Uncommon in an unexpectedly common place!

The Quenda (or Southern Brown Bandicoot, Isoodon obesulus) is a small marsupial of the South-West of Western Australia, and other pockets around the coast of Australia.

Under threat from clearing and feral animals (due to both predation and competition for food), it was very unexpected to see one on the edge of the CBD, in Queen Victoria Gardens in Claisebrook. It was even more unexpected to see it in the middle of the day, right next to the main walk-path! 

They are listed as Endangered in Australia.

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Random birdies at the feeder



I took these a while ago and kept forgetting to post them. Just some more photos of birds on our balcony, including a new set we hadn't seen before.

We'd been seeing one redwing blackbird for a while but later it was joined by a second one. Or possibly these were two entirely different birds given their more colorful markings
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[personal profile] shadowycat2017-06-23 08:52 am

Butterflies!

When I was at the botanical garden, I went into the glasshouse this time to look at the butterflies. I must have timed it right near a release because there were butterflies galore. One rested in my hair for awhile, and I got one to sit on my hand, too. I wanted to share a few of the pictures I took. I hope you like them! :D

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More butterflies )
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[personal profile] rydra_wong2017-06-19 07:20 pm

Parkour!

Sadly, I didn't have a phone on hand to try to get a photo.

But I just found out that a startled fox on a London balcony will, if feeling cornered, drop two storeys onto the top of a garden wall, bounce off that onto the ground, land with somewhat less dignity than it had intended but apparently without injury, and trot off hurriedly.

In my defense, I really didn't mean to make the fox feel cornered; it's just that my immediate, automatic response to "unexpected furry cat-sized creature" is "stay still, make crooning noises at it, try to edge a bit closer." Had I fled, it would have been able to go round to the other side of the balcony, where you only have to drop down half a storey to an adjacent roof.

ETA: I can't help noticing that there is a very well-chewed yellow foam ball on my balcony, which I did not put there.

Also, by way of apology, I have left a dish of water out on the balcony, because it is a heatwave.
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[personal profile] nanila2017-06-19 02:08 pm

Ducklings

Ducklings!
[Two ducklings, one facing the camera and one showing us its fluffy backside.]

Someone left the top gate on our canal lock open today and these two plus their four siblings got stuck at the far end of the lock next to the closed gate. They couldn't scramble out to meet their momma standing on the lock edge. I went out to chivvy her back toward the open gate, and luckily the ducklings trapped in the lock followed her all the way out the gate, which I shut behind them. All seem to be okay if a little peeved with me, and I can take it!
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[personal profile] rdm2017-06-17 11:46 pm
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Welcome Swallows' Welcome (and introduction)

Hi everyone!

I'm a sysadmin from Perth (Western Australia), and keen photographer. I rarely manage to get out of the metropolitan area, but we have a wonderful variety of wildlife right on our doorsteps.

For example...
Hirundo neoxena, or Welcome Swallow, shot at a jetty on the Swan River, just a couple of minutes' walk from my office, and taken during my lunch break.
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You can also find me on G+ - where I have a collection dedicated to nature - https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/IauoY - including many of my better shots.

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[personal profile] left_turns2017-06-10 02:40 pm

TOAD AMPLEXUS PARTY (and also some birds)

I used to live in Bloomington, down about an hour south of Indianapolis. About twenty minutes east of Bloomington, the state of Indiana maintains the home of T.C. Steele and his wife as a state historical site. I was sure I remembered posting to [community profile] common_nature about it before, but all I can find is a post I made about it in my journal last year.

Steele was a prominent Midwestern artist around the turn of the twentieth century; he trained in Europe and hung out with the Cincinnati artist colony crowd in the late 1800s. He lived in Indianapolis most of his career, but towards the end of his life, he had a house and studio built on a ridge in Brown County, which had its own little artists' colony. At the time it was apparently nothing but fields and hills; he chose that spot for the house because of the view across to the next ridge. At some point over the last century, the land on the ridges was left to grow wild again and now most of the land around it is Yellowwood State Forest and Brown County State Park. So Steele's sweeping vista is gone, but there's still this lovely old house and gardens up on the ridge.

I moved to Ohio a couple years ago, but I still stop through the Steele house site every time I go back to Bloomington. I was down in mid-April and went to look at the progress they've made restoring the grounds and gardens.


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Starling Nest Exercises

I mentioned in some past posts that we have starlings nesting in our balcony ceiling. It's very difficult to get in there so what we often see are them flying up and down trying to get in. I was able to catch one session, though I've counted as many as 13 unsuccessful attempts in a row.



I also added a few more short bird vids to our account yesterday.

Edited to add: There's a radio broadcast going on in the background that has some U.S. political reporting so viewers may want to mute the clip.