"Odds & Sods" (old version) - please add to the new thread 2020 instead !

  • Great set of photos Alan and good to see the blue sky as we sit under a thick dark blanket of cloud with rain and hailstone in-between. It's pretty cold too so not surprised you have snow ! Roll on springtime and the warblers return :)

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • At last, a photo of a Jay, it had to happen eventually.!!  :-)

    This is actually a good sighting for me. They're very, very shy where I tend to see them.

    My bird photos HERE

  • Well done Paul finding your Jay, they are such attractive corvids but they have to have one of the worst sounds I've heard with their typical screech lol

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • In reply to HAZY:

    Not seen any migrant Chiffchaffs, yet, Alan, let alone any singing.

    I'm with you, Paul, the local Jays are extremely secretive and it's only at Leighton Moss that I occasionally get close.

    HAZY said:
    we sit under a thick dark blanket of cloud with rain and hailstone in-between

    This is what greeted me on my way out this morning - an imminent but rather spectacular hail storm over a local reservoir. The two gulls are Lesser Black-backs by the way

    In fact, I don't think I've taken a bird photo all week (a part from the gulls above) with the incessant wind and storms but I always think that's when to go and do landscape photography (no blue skies here please!) Earlier, while exploring migrant hotspots on the moors in readiness for next month I also got this stormy shot of a local landmark in the West Pennine Moors. It's only a stone's throw from where Flycatchers (both), Cuckoos, and even Ring Ouzels are supposed to stop over, so fingers crossed!

      

    Both shots are obviously heavily done in Photoshop, to recreate traditional B&W darkroom styles.

    Maybe I'll get some birds next week!

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  • In reply to Alan.:

    Wonderful pics of the Chiff chaff Alan and then the Linnet, and what a difference five minutes makes in our weather these days, hard to believe it is the same day.

    Lot to learn

  • Paul your patience has paid off at last, I have heard quite a number of Jays and seen them flying away screeching, but yet to see any perched,

    Lot to learn

  • Hope you had your waterproofs with you Nigel, your photos are very dramatic and who can believe we had such glorious weather a month ago:-)

    Lot to learn

  • I've been searching for Siskin all winter in my local pine forest but haven't seen any this year. We arrived home this afternoon after my father's birthday lunch to find a pair on the feeders. The female disappeared after we got out of the car but the male did come back after I had retrieved the camera. Plus male Chaffinch and Blue Tit

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    Cheers,

    Bob

    My Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bobs_retired_now/

  • A big flock of about 10-12 Yellowhammer in Brixham yesterday with 3-4 Cirl Buntings landed in a bush for a few minutes, giving me just enough time to get closer and photograph the ones that were not obscured.

  • One of the Cirl buntings.....