Pigeon!

Jul. 18th, 2017 08:16 pm
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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 )
yourlibrarian: Robin sits on her nest (NAT-Robin)
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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

Ducklings

Jun. 19th, 2017 02:08 pm
nanila: wrong side of the mirror (me: wrong side of the mirror)
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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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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.
Cut for size )

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.

yourlibrarian: Robin sits on her nest (NAT-Robin)
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Since my last post we've had some new developments bird-wise, and I thought I'd also share photos of some of our other balcony visitors.
nanila: wrong side of the mirror (me: wrong side of the mirror)
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Mother duck said quack quack quack quack
[Click to embiggen.]

I popped outside for a quick canalside walk after lunch and had to go pelting back to the house to get my camera. Because DUCKLINGS!
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Sparrows in hedgerow

I went for a walk on a cold, clear, crisp morning here in the UK Midlands, and these two gave me a very thorough squiz from their vantage point above the footpath!

Junco

May. 27th, 2016 04:22 pm
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Junco in the bird bath
This junco had a bath every morning when I was visiting my parents in the Pacific Northwest.

+1, Junco drying off in the sun )
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Towhee in the wisteria
This towhee spends all day hopping possessively about the wisteria vine outside my parents' house in the Pacific Northwest.

Blue tit

Mar. 13th, 2016 09:18 pm
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Excuse me, don't stare, I'm eating

Today I got a chance to camp out for a few minutes near the toroid fat ball feeder and wait for a photo opportunity. This blue tit was kind enough to oblige me, although I'm not sure it appreciated having quite so attentive an audience for its afternoon snack.
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Lapwings at Upton Warren
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We went to Upton Warren this weekend to try and catch a glimpse of the avocets. We didn't see the avocets, but we did see a lot of lapwings and black-headed gulls on the flashes. Every time I visit the hides Upton Warren I wish for a slightly longer reach for my telephoto (max 200 mm)...
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We were on a weekend break on the Welsh border, during which we visited Powis Castle. We didn't spot the earl, but surely this peacock would give any nobleperson a run for their money.

Peacock at Powis 2

Closeup of tail feathers )
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Nuthatch, goldfinch, great tit

Nuthatch: "Hey! I got a peanut."
Goldfinch: "Cool. I'm eating thistle seeds."
Great tit: "BANZAAAAI!"
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 Young-Crow-2-etsy

A couple years ago, I was at work in the basement of a nice house when I realized that there was a bird trapped in one of the deep, narrow window wells. It was a juvenile crow, and I posted the story and my snapshots here

Second drawing under the cut )
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I think these little moorhens must be pretty new! They were cheeping incessantly at their parents as we strolled along the towpath on the opposite side of the canal.


"Mum, I'm huuuuungry, Mum."

+1 )
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I was out walking when I saw a wide variety of colourful but broken snail shells, which were probably evidence of a serial-killing thrush. A bird either dropped snails onto the hard surfaces from a height or, more likely in this case, held a snail in their beak and bashed it, before extracting the snail from the broken shell and eating it or feeding it to a nearby baby bird.

05 Snail massacre, probably by a thrush, Cheltenham 06-15

Link to a larger image on flickr.
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The goldfinches are on the nyger seed feeder almost every day, but the green finch is a less frequent and shyer visitor. I was delighted to get a shot of one bobbling about on the perch, finally!
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Cruising along the canal.

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