Garden birds.

So after my short problem walking I’m back to form. Earlier this week while being a little fitter to move I shot some birds in the garden. With a few feeders near by it was a matter of waiting to see where their waiting perch was. So installing myself in a large bush close by I settled in. Giving the birds some time to get used to me there, soon they ignored me. Shooting with a Nikon D7200 ans Sigma 150-600 mm lens on a mono-pod I could get some close up shots.

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So first up is a Robin which is a ground feeder and gets the seed and nuts that others drop from the feeders. They are happy around humans and come close. While working in the garden they will perch on tools waiting for you to turn up insects or grubs. Flying down around your feet for a free meal.

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Here we have the House Sparrow with some hair from the ponies in the field beside me. The lining for a nest somewhere close by. Known to nest in some of the out buildings. Below are a few more different poses of them.

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The marking  above the eye on this Sparrow shows its still a juvenile.

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Another Robin.

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This one is a Coal Tit, look closely and see a nut being felled between his feet. They hold it there while they peck at it.

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I could not get a shot of the smallest of the Tit family away from the feeder. So had to settle of this one of the Blue Tit.

Time for a coffee, I hope you enjoyed your time watching a few garden birds.

Thank you for visiting,

Take care.

George

Killard Point

Was driving along the road following the Co.Down coast. Something dark was swimming close to shore, There are seals in this area but normally you don’t see them where the tide is in. So pulling into a small car park and seeing people watching something I got out and asked the first person what was in view. His reply was a ship just off shore repairing something. Walking down to the beach to see the seal which turned out to be a woman swimming wearing a wet/dry suit. Given this is the start of winter and it about 7 degrees  Celsius (44 Fahrenheit) and a cold wind blowing it was not warm. Got talking to her and being a local she told me about Killard Point. It was a Royal air force base around the second world war and was used for radar  until it closed.

After following her directions and were to park I followed the shore around to the reserve gateway which you enter from the beach. I meet few people on the reserve and a few I did meet give me a lot of info  about what to see and the best time of year to visit depending on the season. Below is a few bird photos i took while walking the coast. I intend to return once a month and will also include some landscape shots from the area.

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I know this is not a sea bird shot but of the repair ship people were watching.

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First up we have a Curlew ( Numenius arquata ) the one at the top the b&w bird is an Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus )

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Like these ones, which are resting has they stand one one leg and like the right hand bird they rest there heads on there back. A bird very easy to identify by its markings and bright red eye.

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And one landing on a rocky isle to wait for the tide to drop and expose there feeding ground.

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Liked the way this Redshank ( Tringa totanus ) stood out against the clear backdrop.

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A shot across the bay to Kilclief castle, not the greatest of photos, the landscape is nice around here and hope to do some landscape shots in the area.

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The two larger birds are Cormorants ( Phalacrocorax carbo ) they are about the size of a large goose and are diving bird that feeds on fish.

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Identifying these are not so easy, but given there habits and markings I think they are Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea ) which are a winter visitor to our shores from North Siberia.

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These were hard to get a good shot of, they stayed well away from where I was.

Ringed Plover ( Charadrius hiaticula ) or there international name Common Ringed Plover.

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Rock Pipit ( Anthus petrosus )

Got this shot while walking back from the reserve, I got a few shots of them on the pebbly beach but not as close or sharp has this.

These next few photo’s are of one of  Britain and Ireland’s smallest birds, the Wren

(Troglodytes troglodytes )

Again these are hard to photograph, fast moving and busy  seldom staying still. Most time you only catch a glimpse  has they fly from one point to the next. It was this movement gave it away and a little crawling on the ground that got me these shots, plus thanks to a long focal lenght lens.

 

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On my drive home I called at another reserve near Dundrum on the County Down coast and on leaving it I saw  a Grey Heron ( Ardea cinerea ) in a field near a river that run’s along the road side. Using the car like a hide I got a few shots. Would have been nice if he had been hunting the river bank but maybe next time.

 

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Thank you all for coming on my day out with nature here in Ireland.

Till the next time, take care.

George.

245/365 Shutter release challenge

The rain swan.

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Was passing a local lough and saw a couple of swans grazing in a field beside it. I pulled into a small car park beside them and was able to  take this shot through the open side window. I run it in HDR in Photoshop where it helped to bring out the rain.

Thank you for viewing.

Winged Joy

Some Photo’s  I took this morning while there was a brief sunny period, I love wildlife and when I have time I watch and photograph it.

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Even half an hour in the garden can product a few shots. I find it very calming and relaxing to spend time around any animals. A couple of bird feeders and you have no end of photographic subjects, birds of all sizes and shape visit the garden.

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I have found I can stand still and after a short time they ignore me, providing I don’t move suddenly. With seed falling to the ground and me scattering a little around, it’s also a chance for some ground shots.

So if you enjoy birds or other small animals, set up the right conditions and food and with a little time enjoy your own private viewing.

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But it’s who is watching who. Thank you for viewing.

64/365 Shutter release challenge

Busy day today so was glad I shot some garden birds early this morning. So today’s shot is another bird, though I don’t mind as I love wildlife.

Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)

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They love this food made from fat, seeds and nuts. High energy food.

Thank you for viewing.