Saturday, 18 September 2021

A Young Kestrel

Every morning a 10 am My daughter in Law takes me to a clinic on the outskirts of town where I have physio therapy for the treatment of sciatica. This is the second month of treatment and I am beginning to feel a great deal better, which means I can sit  without feeling too much pain, and do a little gardening, all in moderation of course as I don't want to get worse. Well, one morning  as we were making our way to our main gate, I saw a Sparrow Hawk perched on a telegraph cable. I asked  Paula to drive slowly, and then stop. Most of the photos I took were all the same, as he didn't move, however eventually I managed  to capture some different poses. I think this may be a juvenile because of the colour. Other Sparrow Hawks I have seen usually have darker f eathers. 

I have been reliably informed that this young bird is not a male bird, nor a Sparrowhawk,but a young female Kestrel. Many thanks to Richard Pegler and Mike Attward for drawing my attention to this. They know everything about birds, and I am always grateful  for their superior knowledge. Thank you so much.
































Saturday, 11 September 2021

Blue Tits

 All the following Blue Tit photos were taken through my bedroom window, some are in sequence, but others were taken on different days,  I love this delightful visitor, and have many more to share with you.



A big peanut for a small bird



This image should have been the first , sorry :=)



There are smaller pieces of peanut on a plate for the smaller birds but they always choose the biggest



Young and sweet.



A wet Blue Tit.



That's a rather stern look



A young Blue Tit



His feathers are drying



A handsome and well fed looking Blue Tit.


Friday, 3 September 2021

Visit to the Pond

I knew from the cacophony of sound which pervaded the air that there would be some photo opportunities not to be missed, down at the pond. I hadn't been for a while as to get there, I have to walk down a steep incline, but walking slowly and carefully, I managed to arrive there, without incident, and I had arranged with Paula my daughter in law to bring me back home afterwards,in her car. My son and daughter in law moved in with me five weeks ago, as they are having some renovations done in their home, and it may take some time before they are finished. It's lovely to have their company, and they are in many ways so helpful and obliging. 



Views of the pond are at the bottom. Frogs were difficult to detect because of the vegetation in the water, where they hide underneath at any movement they detect 
 


One of the many dragonflies I saw that day.



Another lucky shot.



These two photos were taken in our pond in the garden on my return.







Some parts of the pond water was clear, more towards the middle of the pond.











I absolutely loved seeing these tiny frogs, on the leaves.























Three shots of the pond from different angles, lightened quite a bit








I want to take this opportunity to thank Phill Slade and David M. Gascoigne for correcting me on the bird's name in one of my previous posts. It was not a Goldcrest as I had mentioned, but a Firecrest. It has now been corrected. Many thanks Phill and David.

Thursday, 20 May 2021

In Memoriam


On the afternoon of the 10th of April my darling husband passed away. He was my true love, the love of my life, and the deep wound in my heavy heart and the sense of loss greater than I can bare at times, is what I feel every day when I miss seeing his loving smile as he said "Good morning darling" at the start of each day.

We had known each other since our college days, and had been together ever since. We understood each other, and had the most loving relationship. We were partners, and good friends, enjoyed the same things, took great enjoyment from our love of nature, our pets, photography, art, music, travelling in our youth to every continent in the world. and as we got older we still took little excursions  to discover the joys of nature with our cameras and binoculars at the ready. After our 60th Wedding Anniversary we slowed down somewhat, because we no longer had the energy or good health to do what we used to, but we sat side by side at our computers, enjoying the nearness, and the companionship whilst listening to the music we both enjoyed, sometimes in silence, sometimes laughing at something on screen because we shared the same sense of humour.

Thank you for your caring comments, although I'm not sure that the black symbol was understood by everyone, but you still knew something was not right. 

 Condolences have been many, and in every case his joyous smile was mentioned, also what a lovely easy unassuming manner he had. He was a humble gentleman, and I am proud to have been his wife. Rest in peace my darling, until we meet again.

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Birds at the feeders

Sometimes I'm surprised at number of the birds that visit my feeders. Many are from the Tit family, but once in a while a Tree Creeper will come, the Jays are never away, the Robins and the Black birds are regular visitors, but this year a Firecrest came several time, and I'm only mentioning the birds that come to eat my wall-nut cake, not seeds or nuts. Here are a few images, taken recently on my bedroom balcony and in the garden.



The Coal Tit eats seeds as well as cake, but on the whole I think it eats more cake than seeds. It's looking upwards because there is another feeder higher up, with a Great Tit.


A Coal Tit with a Sunflower seed in it's mouth, These birds eat peanuts, seeds, and cake.



The Robin only comes for the wall nut cake. Most Robins eat from the ground, These have no problem eating from the wooden box, although there's not much left in this one. I only fill them in the morning. For the rest of the day, the birds have to find their own food. I will refill them in the morning if the Squirrel comes first, and eats everything.


      

The Great Tit, is the bird that comes most often to eat both peanuts and cake. it  rarely eat the seeds.


The Firecrest, was so difficult to photograph, It seemed to hover over the box, It didn't linger, and only came at certain times of the day, when there were no other birds around. It was just lucky that I was looking outside the window, when it came. I fell instantly in love with this delicate petite beauty, and was on constant alert afterwards.

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This Blue Tit is unusual, as it has a patch of yellow feathers on the head, above the beak. I have never seen this on any Blue Tit before. It looks very pretty.  Has anyone seen this before?


Usually the Blue Tit looks like this, a pretty bird, without the addition of the yellow patch. Whenever another bird is at the feeder overhead, they are either curious or uneasy. 



The Robin is a welcome sight, any time. It must already have chicks, as it has been taking more cake than usual, returning again and again,  and leaving with a full beak.



Knowing that the Firecrest came late in the afternoon, when most of the cake had been eaten, I started to put a little more so that if it did come, it would have something to eat. I waited each day, and most times it never appeared, or had already been. I was determined to see it again, so repeatedly filled the feeder and waited until on two consecutive days it came, and I was rewarded with a few successful captures.


Another Coal Tit. They are a little braver than the other Tits, and less likely to fly away if they see me, and one has even eaten from my hand. A wonderful experience.



At last it came back, my hand was shaking, this was the moment I had been waiting for.



   With a piece of Wall-nut in it's beak, it flew away immediately, but I got it on camera.       



Sometimes you are so used to seeing things like watering cans and hose pipes, that you don't notice they are there when you take a photo. Like this old hose pipe. It would have been a better shot without it, but I'm happy it was in focus.



I see the Jays every day, either in the garden or on my balcony. They are extremely shy birds. and are easily spooked by the slightest movement. I take great care not to be seen.




This shot makes me smile. The Black cap is all eyes. It looks like a young male bird.



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