Saturday, 31 December 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR





As the new year approaches I would like to thank all those that have taken the time to visit my blog and who have left many kind comments. Thank you, I've enjoyed your company and I hope that you will continue  to enjoy your visits in the future.



And for the New Year...

May your world be bright and colourful, may your experiences be good ones, may your viewfinders be filled with wonders anew, may your rants be light and good humoured and, above all, may you enjoy life and all the wonders that surround you to the full. 




My very best wishes to you all for a happy, enjoyable and prosperous........





                          
                ~~~~~~~~ HAPPY NEW YEAR ~~~~~~~~

Friday, 30 December 2011

CHRISTMAS TEASERS - THE ANSWERS






I know you've all been on tenterhooks (?) awaiting the answers for the series of picture teasers I posted just after Christmas!  To those that tried and to those that failed miserably (sorry!)  thanks for taking part, I hope you enjoyed the challenge?



But first a picture of a Male Kestrel that posed for me in the sunshine a few days ago close to Marsworth Reservoir in Hertfordshire.




And now...the answers...



#1 Blue Tit

#2 Robin

#3 Kingfisher

#4 Mallard (female)

#5 Starling

#6 Blackbird (male)

#7 Dunnock

#8 House Sparrow

#9 Marsh Tit

#10 Goldcrest





And now he's gone!

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Post Christmas Teasers






I Trust that you all had a pleasant Christmas?

If, like me, you've consumed an excess of food and drink and are feeling too lethargic to get up and go out for some much needed after Christmas exercise, then I've got something just for you,  a little quiz!  (at least your brain will get a some exercise!!)

We all get (a few!!) images were the subject moves or we're trying to be clever and are using a far slower shutter speed than is sensible, and the outcome...blurred images!  Well instead of discarding them (all) to the recycle bin I've been cropping and enhancing some of them in Photoshop with the result that I've now got a selection of abstract images that I call 'Bird Blur'.

 So here's the quiz...can you identify the birds in the following images? some are easy but a couple may get you thinking! There's no prizes on offer but I will post the answers (for those that are still struggling!) in a few days time....Have fun!...[;o)


No.1

No.2

No.3

No.4

No.5

No.6

No.7

No.8

No.9

No.10


Friday, 23 December 2011

A LITTLE BIT OF SNOW FOR CHRISTMAS








As the weather men are predicting for it to be reasonably mild over the Christmas period I thought I would present you with a little bit of snow!



Yesterday I went to Startop's End  Reservoir near Tring in Hertfordshire were sightings of a Jack Snipe had been reported during the last two days, needless to say it was spectacular in its absence!!
So I decided to have another look at the Snow Bunting that has taken up residence and has been showing well for over a week now.



So, here's your  'snow'  for Christmas...enjoy!







And a video...!

Monday, 19 December 2011

SEASONS GREETINGS






Wherever you are and whatever you're doing I wish you a happy and contented Christmas.


                                               Have a good one.   Trevor.    

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

A Day of Firsts





Over the last  few days there have been reported sightings of three species of birds  in my local area that were all potential lifers for me. So today I decided to make the effort and brave the elements to see what I  could find.

I arrived at Startop's End Reservoir  on the Buckinghamshire/Hertfordshire border to find a small group of birders, braving a bitterly cold South Westerly wind, watching a stunning  first winter male Snow Bunting.  




 
Next it was a short drive to Wilstone reservoir in Hertfordshire, where the wind seemed to be getting even colder, and a quick word with another  birder who was just leaving and I was directed to my second lifer of the day a juvenile Dark-Bellied Brent Goose grazing in an adjacent field with some Greylag Geese.




 
The third lifer of the day I have seen before in captivity but never  in the wild consisted of a family group of four Bewick's Swans who were  unfortunately too distant for a decent photograph! 

 
So, that's three firsts for the day... and now the next first is... the very first time that I have posted a video on my blog!  Yes - after much deliberation I've purchased a video camera and have been trying to get to grips with it for the last few weeks!!

So here are my two very shaky  (well it was windy!!) first videos...hopefully the quality will improve for future posts!!







 
So  I had a very successful, if very cold, day of  firsts, and the final first is that for the first time I've managed to post photographs (and videos!) on the same day as I took them...that's a lot of firsts for one day...phew!!