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BIRD NEWS:285, video and notice

December 21st 2014 07:51
budgies
budgies
budgies


Yes, I have not yet shared all the budgerigar photos that I took in Priory Park, so here are some more from my recent visit. I think this next one sweet how the two birds are snuggled up together.
budgies
budgy
budgies


Of course, I did not plan on staying at Priory Park, Chichester all day - I had a day-pass ticket to use! My next stop was Arundel, and once more, photographing birds was on my agenda, along with sipping mulled wine, munching hot roast chestnuts, and observing live music and Christmas celebrations in the streets.

Before my snack and entertainment session, I strolled along the road up towards the wetlands reserve and Swanbourne Lake, though not going that far. I just walked a little way along beside the moat that surrounds Arundel Castle, knowing I would find some birdlife. Sure enough, I was greeted by feathered beings in abundance - including a seagull that apparently believes it is a duck...
ducks
ducks

HERE is a VIDEO of a cute bird doing things to paper.

Finally - it is my late year annual blog-break. I will be back with more posts in January, to continue my Christmas excursion in Arundel.
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BIRD NEWS:284

December 17th 2014 07:59
I began my 700-run adventures on a cold Saturday morning by stopping off for an hour in Littlehampton. My first camera-hunt was for birds at the beach - expecting some seagulls, pigeons, or something. As you can see by my first photo from this excursion - I did not find what I looked for, just an empty beach.
Littlehampton beach

However, after a brief stroll along the promenade, I finally spotted one seagull. If you cannot see him, he is sitting on top the castle turret at the amusements behind the toilet block. Better luck next stop, I hoped.
seagull

Yes, traveling westward to Chichester, I did indeed find birds. Long term readers may recall a place called Priory Park with a budgerigar aviary from a former trip of mine. Despite the sharp and chilly weather better suiting the Christmas markets that I passed en route to the park, sure enough there were budgies to view and photograph!
budgies
budgies
budgy

I took quite a few pictures as I took a few before and a few after I sat down in the park to munch a wrap for early lunch. I find the coloring of these budgies to be quite beautiful, so there I was - snap, snap, snap...
budgies
budgies
budgies
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BIRD NEWS:283 & Christmas gift idea

December 13th 2014 09:28
Mr Bob the robin

This is a slightly better photo of Mr Bob on his latest begging visit. Naturally he was offered suet and seed. He took a few nibbles then huddled up back on the tree branch. He was fluffed up due to the cold weather, I assume.
Mr Bob the robin
Mr Bob the robin

As December moved into its second week, the cold weather came too. One appearance of note that this brought about is the sighting of a pair of thrushes. The thrushes only seem to be seen in the very cold weather - in our yard at least. I have spotted the couple in my tree, on the bird table, and back in the tree again - so am hopeful to get some photos later in the winter season to share.

For now, much berry-munching is occupying the birds in the yard and I have some photos to share from a recent excursion. During the first weekend of December, I took the 700 bus for a day trip. Normally, this means pigeons at Worthing beach and photos of Naboo & Bluey, but on this trip I headed west, not east...

A few days later, I did manage to get a few photos of the thrushes. Unfortunately, it was that windy weather, when the swaying tree branches meant the photos did not come out clearly. You might JUST be able to tell one splodge is a thrush, however...
song thrush
song thrush


If you want a bird-related xmas gift - take a peek at THIS BOOK that I wrote a few years ago concerning the birdlife in the Illawarra region, NSW, Australia.

Finally for today, HERE is a link to some facts concerning cardinals at a great artwork site where you might also find some xmas gift ideas.
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BIRD NEWS:282

December 10th 2014 06:21
Mr Black the blackbird
Mr Black the blackbird
Mr Black the blackbird

The cold weather in the first week of December was not enough to put off our resident blackbirds from taking a dip. My first three photos today are of Mr Black the dominant male of the local territory having a bath. Mr Black had a few splashy-shakes before another blackbird landed on the rim of the bird bath.
blackbird

Mr Black flew away, so I am wondering if this is a young male that was born this year trying to take over the territory. He may just have been startled or have finished, but it is more likely a case of a new dominant blackbird.
blackbird
bathing blackbird

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BIRD NEWS:281

December 7th 2014 08:24
I was standing at the front doorway, sipping a jahe wangi and regarding the front yard one morning in mid-late November, when I spotted a group of birds flying towards me. Rushing uptairs, grabbing the camera and running down again, I was just in time to take a couple of pictures. Ducks or geese, I am uncertain - but they were obviously some of the migratory birds en route somewhere.
migratory birds
migratory birds

The final week or so of November arrived and with it some chilly weather - as well as much rain. It was still a little too warm to become snow, although some of my friends over in the US have had massive dumpings of the pretty white stuff.

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BIRD NEWS:280

December 3rd 2014 07:50
Mr Black the blackbird
Mr Black the blackbird

Here are 2 last shots of Mr Black munching the birds' bread near the mushroomy things at the base of the bird table. The third week of November progressed wet and nippy weatherwise. In one way, the colder weather brings more birds into the limelight - but alas, it also brings swaying trees and raindrops which are not good for photography.

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BIRD NEWS:279 & link

November 29th 2014 07:29
One last picture each of Naboo and Bluey before I return to back yard updates. Bluey finally got into a decent pose for my final few photos, just before I moved onwards to Brighton shopping.
Bluey
Naboo

Naboo knew it was almost time for me to leave, and permitted me one last shot before verbally squawking at me to remember to pay him attention and visit his cage-room again!

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BIRD NEWS:278

November 26th 2014 11:45
pigeons on beach

One last shot of the pigeons on Worthing beach before the next batch of pictures. Guess who - it's Naboo!!!! On this visit, Naboo was kind enough to pose for a shot before playing his hiding games. Bluey joined in...
Naboo
Naboo and Bluey

Naboo was soon back in his attention seeking mode, even if shiny pink metal boxes had to be endured for a few minutes. Bluey peeped down, unsure...
Naboo
Bluey

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BIRD NEWS:277

November 22nd 2014 13:48
pheasant

One last shot of the pheasant parading in the school grounds before I begin to share my usual assortment of pigeon-parrot pictures from a 700-run. When I arrived at Worthing beach, there was a gang of pigeons on the usual gangs territory - but I only recognised one of them. The others were either this years born or another group. Perhaps pigeons change the group of friends they hang out with, even in England...?
pigeon on beach
pigeon on beach
pigeon on beach

Anyway, none of the pigeons seemed to know me, or that I meant 'food', as they stayed well away on the pebble horizon. This meant some good shots, but none up close. As mentioned - there was one friend present - the dark gray pigeon who seemed to recognize me. However, he did not seem to be hungry or curious enough to see if I had arrived with or without seed and stayed with his new group.
pigeons on beach

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BIRD NEWS:276

November 19th 2014 12:23
sparrows
sparrows

Today I have a few terrible photos to share with you as I am sure you can guess by the first 2 shots of a group of sparrows munching away in the veg patch. More wet n windy weather continued to mean less photo opportunities...
Mr Black the blackbird
Mr Black the blackbird

... and ghastly ghostly photos when I tried, such as this pair of Mr Black in the tree. I should mention that I do not use a flash in order to not frighten or damage the eyesight of the birds


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