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BIRD NEWS:252

September 1st 2014 07:05
young pigeon
young pigeon
young pigeon


I have some more shots of that young wood pigeon to share before moving onwards into the second half of August. As you can see, it was dozing away in peace on the tree branch.
pond

In other news around the yard, I recently spent around an hour doing serious pond maintenance. I removed chunks of overgrown grasses and pond-plant, removing a lot of stenchy murky water and replaced about 2 dozen buckets of water. Less than a minute after i went indoors, a large flock of starlings and sparrows landed and the blackbird families re-entered 'their' territory to see what I had been up to. Much splashing about in the bird bath meant I had to go outside again ten minutes later in order to top that up, but mostly the sparrows dust-bathed in my newly seeded veg plot.


It turned out that there were 2 baby pigeons born in the tree in August, as well as another brood of sparrows, a robin, and some more blackbirds. I have been fascinated by 'Wings', the young pigeon that does not exercise its wings properly. By the final week of the month, it was still having difficulty in standing on one leg to stretch its other leg along with the wing - although it seemed to have learned it should attempt this acrobatic feat.
wood pigeon

I am hoping that parent pigeons will not shoo it away too soon, as Wings has sat lazily meditating on the branch staring at me when I approached with a camera - or even when I opened the window and put seed on the sill. No fear...
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BIRD NEWS:251

August 28th 2014 06:50
bird on beach
beach birds
bird on beach

Now what is this strange black bird, you might be wondering. Unfortunately, I am unsure myself. It might be a rook, raven, or crow... Whatever it is, it was among around a half dozen of its species feeding and strolling along and located by me upon Rustington Beach in the middle of August 2014. This last shot shows from its dirty beak that its food source might well be tar-covered.
dirty beak
pigeon and jackdaw

I am afraid my shots of the wood pigeon and jackdaw sharing the bird table did not come out very well. I have shared one just to proove that inter-species table sharing does occur from time to time. The jackdaw was busy munching away when the pigeon landed THRRRRUMPHHHH! on top of the table roof - then dived inside. It stood still, startled, but then, after a moment's observation, decided to tuck in anyways.
wood pigeon

Here is yet another wood pigeon. This one is a youngster that sat in my tree one day in the middle of August. I am unsure, but never having seen it before, I estimate it is fresh from its nest - which may very well be located within the tree. From its posture, I am assuming its wings might be unused to their position - perhaps due to being squashed by nest or sibling.
wings
wings

After observing the bird for a few minutes, it did stretch. Amusingly enough, i think it was actually learning ho to stretch. Instead of raising both wings at their shoulder joint, then replacng them and extending one wing and same side leg, which most adult pigeons and doves do, this fellow raised its wings together and then sort of extended a wing, not with a leg, and seemed to totter as if trying to lift a leg - I assume it was as yet unfamiliar with both standing on one leg and pigeon-stretchercises.
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BIRD NEWS:250

August 24th 2014 12:59
Just a few more pictures of the young magpie to share, before moving on to the next ornithological subject...
magpie
magpie
magpie
magpie

...which is the West Dean Chili Fiesta. I took 2 other photographs of birds - or should I write 'bird-like' subjects. I have followed these by close-ups of the 'birds' themselves so you can recognize the detail a little clearer.
'bird'
'bird'
'bird'
'bird'
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BIRD NEWS:249

August 20th 2014 06:25
Let us start today's pictures with an updated shot or two of Luckypops!
young blackbird
young blackbird

Then move back to the young magpie, of whom I took a few more shots...
magpie
magpie
magpie
magpie

...before continuing today's photographs with a photograph and close up taken at the West Dean Chili Festival. I did take a few more, but here is the first shot of a bird serenely floating across a pond. HERE are further details of the event itself


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BIRD NEWS:248

August 17th 2014 07:25
budgy
budgies

These were the last two budgerigar photos that I took on my late July visit to Chichester. Coming soon, there will be 3 pictures from my recent excursion to a chili festival. Yes, being the bird buff that I am, even at such as a chili fiesta I managed to get just a few pictures of birds...

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BIRD NEWS:247

August 14th 2014 05:10
budgies
budgies

I did not finish showing you all my budgy pictures from Chichester in the last post, as you can see above. I was fascinated by the numerous colors - the yellows, blues, greens, turquoises...
budgies
budgies
budgies

As I am writing this post, a young jackdaw has just landed on my windowsill to tuck into the suet pellets that I put out twenty minutes ago - alas, my camera is out of reach... so it is back to the budgies!
budgy
budgy

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BIRD NEWS:246

August 9th 2014 16:25
aviary

Where is this interesting aviary situated, you might ask - or perhaps you are wondering just how many photos I took of its inhabitants while passing! I mentioned in my last post, written late July, that I took another 700-run. This time I went in the opposite direction to usual, to Chichester.

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BIRD NEWS:245

August 7th 2014 05:34
One of the nice things about observing young birds is their sense of curiosity. The juveniles seem to take the time to stare at everything going on around them as they learn about their new environment. This is evidenced by a couple of shots of a young jackdaw I took earlier in July. While perched on something sticking out from next door's hedge, is stared in all direction curiously...
jackdaw
jackdaw

As July comes to a close, I see yet another round of romancing/nesting going on within the sparrow community, molting in the blackbird world, a baby robin that seems fairly tame at the moment, and I took another 700-run, but this time not to visit Naboo & Bluey along with the beach pigeons.
Here is one of the sparrows in my tree...
sparrow
young blackbird
pigeon

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BIRD NEWS:244

August 3rd 2014 06:15
young jackdaw
young jackdaw
young jackdaw
young jackdaw

As promised, here are a few more shots of the young jackdaw peeping in at me from the tree. He spent sometime staring in, and then stared vacantly - as if his mind was focussed elsewhere, possibly meditating. A day or so later, I spotted another juveniule jackdaw in better weather for picture taking. Alas, this poor fellow was not feeling well.
sick jackdaw

He was lying on the branch, not standing on it, resting his legs. His eyes were shut tightly and at first I assumed he was also meditating, as that is what the former jackdaw had ended up doing for ten or so minutes prior to departing. However, as time passed, I realized it was unwell. Its eyelid was glazing over, in a similar white way to a 'left-the-nest-too-early' pigeon. It had been normal previously, so I assumed it was not just out of the chimney too soon.
sick jackdaw
sick jackdaw

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BIRD NEWS:243 & ducks

August 1st 2014 07:39
After visiting Naboo & Bluey, I went on to a chili festival in Shoreham. Whilst there, as well as sampling 7 chili sauces, purchasing 3 and a bag of chillies, and then listening to music while tasting chili cider and eating chili curry, I spotted a swan idling along the waterway.
swan

I wandered across the footbridge to the other side of the water to take some better shots after my meal, as it had gone in that direction. I managed to get a collection of pictures I am rather pleased with. Although the swan itself remained distant, the actual shots came out pleasing.
swan at shoreham
swan at shoreham
swan at shoreham
young jackdaw

Ah, that last photograph was not of the swan serenely swimming about Shoreham Harbor as I am sure you have already decided. It is of a youthful jackdaw that perched in my tree and spent several minutes staring in at me and my room, fascinated by my Tibetan prayerflags. Unfortunatelty, I failed to get a decent shot. More jackdaw pictures in my next post


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