Tuesday 10 January 2023


Thank you one and all for your kind support, it means so much, and I'm glad to say that I am improving, and so is my daughter. And my friend and mentor who was very ill indeed, has also made a miraculous recovery. Your prayers and mine were answered. Thank you!

Early morning sky shot.

Waterlogged field on the farm. I was trying to see where the birds made their nests in the stone crevices, but was unable to get there.

This leaf was hanging on. 

Coal Tit on a familiar perch.

Another Coal Tit, looking right at me.

Two Green finch captures. They hog the Sunflower seed planter.

Jays are easier to spot now that the leaves have fallen from the trees.

A closer shot of the above Jay.

Some new growth.

Jay in the shade. 

Three different Blue Tit captures.

Indecisive squirrel. He's not sure if he should climb the tree, or come down and climb up to my balcony.

Image taken just before take off.

The Crested Tit framed in  yellow Autumn colour.


I'm not sure when I took this photo. The Robin is a favourite of so many of you so I'm including it in this post.

The Great Tit image was taken from my balcony.

I took a small soft wood cutting of the Echium candicans plant last year, and now it has five leaf heads. I hope it produces the showy blue flower spikes this year. The plant is in a corner of my balcony,  looks healthy, and  is surrounded by Vinca Menor, Blue Periwinkle I will share the first Echium flower whenever it appears.

Hopefully each of the leaf heads should produce a flower like this one. Common name Pride of Madeira.

Paula sent me a winter sunset photo to share with you.

I have a doctors appointment tomorrow, 11th of January. I hope my family doctor prescribes some injections that have helped me previously, so that I can fully return to blogging. Until then, I leave you with this post. I will visit as soon as I am able.


Marit said...

Dear Sonjia,

I'm so glad you are feeling better. Your photos are always so beautiful. The Blue Tit is my favorite. I love "blue" birds.

Take care.
Many warm hugs!

MadSnapper said...

I am happy to see you pop up and know that you must feel some better because you have picked up your camera and pointed it and shared what you saw with us. Prayers for the doctor to find a way to help you today. Hope we see you back to your old self soon... hugs

roentare said...

I just love looking at robin!

Lowcarb team member said...

Lovely to see and read this post from you.
So pleased that you and your daughter are improving, so too your friend and mentor ... good news indeed.

You have included so many beautiful photographs.
I like the cheeky squirrel and delighted that you did include the Robin as it is my favourite bird.

Thinking of you and hoping your Doctors appointment on the 11th goes well.
My good wishes.

All the best Jan

Teresa said...

Me alegra que estén mejor, espero y deseo que la consulta vaya bien. El reportaje es una preciosidad, los pájaros son hermosos. Abrazos.

Irma said...

What a beautiful series of photos of the different birds.
Photo 4 is not a great tit but a coal tit (Parus ater).
You can see this clearly on the wings, so photo 19 is a Great Tit (Parus major), if you see two species next to each other, the difference is clearly visible.
I enjoyed your photos.
Greetings Irma

eileeninmd said...

Hello Sonjia,

I am so happy you all have recovered are all feeling better. I love your pretty garden birds, they are wonderful photos. Lovely sky captures too.
Best wishes on your next appointment. Take care, enjoy your day!

David M. Gascoigne, said...

You have used your camera well, Sonjia. Just keep on getting better and come back to us whenever you feel up to it. Hugs - David

Richard Pegler said...

Dear Sonjia. I am absolutely delighted to hear that you are recovering and that your daughter is also mending. However, the most wonderful news is that your friend has survived and recovered!

Thank you for your beautiful photos which have brightened my day even further. My very best wishes for your continued recovery. Stay safe - - - Richard

Jeevan said...

It's good to hear from you and also to know that your health is improving. Beautiful series of photos, as usual, and to witness the simple, amazing lives around you. Please take care
I wish you a happy new year as well.


Michelle said...

Gorgeous birds and I like that fox squirrel.

Granny Sue said...

My first visit here, and my what beautiful photos! Not sure where you are but certainly not here in the US. Adding my hopes for your daughter and you to have quick and full recovery.

LEN said...

Good Morning Sonjia,
From a cold,blustery and wet corner of East Sussex. I went for a 90 minute walk yesterday because it was a lovely day and only saw one bird close up. It was a robin who kept a wary eye on me before flying off. I hope your doctor today prescribes something worthwhile. I an still losing weight by avoiding alcohol but my labyrinthitis is still preventing me from playing golf. Perhaps I should take up photography!

sami niilola said...

The first photo is fantastic. Greetings.

Veronica Lee said...

I'm so glad you are feeling better.

I always enjoy your incredible photos.

Hugs and blessings!

Phil Slade said...

Hello Sojia. It's good to hear you are on the road to recovery. The warmth of spring will soon be here to give you an extra boost and to ensure you are fit to continue your photography and blogging.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Sonjia,
I am so glad you are feeling well and blogging again. Your photos are all beautiful, I love every one of the birds, I wish I could see them here.
The squirrel is a cutie! Lovely plants, blooms and sky photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a happy weekend. PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

Mae Travels said...

Seeing your beautiful bird photos reminds me of the birds we saw in Holland earlier this winter. We don’t have the same garden birds here in the US.

Good luck with your recovery…mae at maefood.blogspot.com

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm glad to hear you are all better but try to take it easy. Your photos are beautiful and I love the winter sky. Take care, Diane

John's Island said...

So happy to see you back! So happy to hear you are feeling better! Scrolling down the page, I enjoyed every single photo. Congrats on all the neat captures. Thank you, Sonija, for sharing your blog. Sending you a hug and best wishes from Seattle! John

Tom said...

Sonjia, you sure have created a beautiful collection of images. I that you continue to feel better.

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful series of photos of our feathered friends ~ very professional ~ Xo

Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Bill said...

Beautiful series of photos. Glad to hear you are feeling better. Take care!

RedPat said...

Your shots are always so wonderful.
I hope the doctor's appointment went well.

Shiju Sugunan said...

Incredibly beautiful birds and fab captures. My favorite is the Coal tit one with the colorful background.

Anni said...

Beautiful and MORE beautiful images. Terrific bird portraits!!
Enjoy your week ahead and thank you for linking in at IRBB.

Rajani Rehana said...

Super blog

Rajani Rehana said...

Great blog

Lasse said...

Glad you and your daughter are feeling better. Keep up the good work Sonia !

Nancy Chan said...

Good to know that you and your daughter are feeling better. Great photos of the birds and squirrel. Have a wonderful day.

Adam Jones said...

Glad to hear that you are feeling better. I love your selection of images. The Crested Tit stands out for me as a favourite, as it is a bird I have yet to see. I must make a special effort soon to go and find them up in Scotland.

Linda said...

Fantastic bird photos! I am glad that you and your daughter are feeling better. Take care.

Rajani Rehana said...

Beautiful blog

Nick Morgan said...

Hi Sonjia,
Great to see you back posting! These are a great set of pictures. Blue Tits are such lovely birds that we tend to take for granted because they are so common.
I am just back from a short visit to Mauritius to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary, so catching up with things!

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