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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Monday, 20 May 2013

AM I A SILLY BEGGAR? (20/05/13)

The weather is now settled, it’s foggy early on but by lunchtime the world comes alive.

I am not a birder or naturalist but enjoy looking at things. I’m a voyeur of naturism.

I had a piss myself moment today…..what birders call a LIFER a WETTER would be a better word. Funny folk are birders. I found a hooded crow….they don’t eat wholemeal bread…I scattered two precious slices on the ground and they are not bread eaters. 

_MG_0535 copy   Hooded crow pissing off with Bertha hand held. Is this what you call a record shot? I mounted Bertha on the tripod with Gimballed Head.

_MG_0519 copy I concentrated on the feeders. Male Chaffinch._MG_0518 copy  Male Siskin. Nothing wrong with Bertha. She is sharper than her manager.

We went out for a wander.

_MG_0507 copy   I found this, I don’t usually pick wild flowers but they were growing in a swamp and I wasn’t in swamp gear. I seem to recollect Phil Gates posted these a year or two ago but it being a year or two ago I can’t remember what they are called. They are tiny green or nearly green flowers.

_MG_0482 copy    It’s easy to get muddled up. This is Ladies Smock. In a morning it is this lavender colour and by lunchtime it is white. I’m getting paranoid. These plants are out to trick me.

_MG_0481 copy    This is, I hope, Bird Cherry Blossom. These are shot macro so will enlarge with a click.

_MG_0490 copy  I too found a Blue Bell. Good on mass but a bit disappointing close up.

_MG_0489 copy   I know what this is….It’s a very old primeval plant called Mares Tail. These aren’t very old. They weren’t here three days ago. These are a brand spanking new Jurassic plant.

_MG_0534 copy  Hooded Crow. This and the next are perfect.

_MG_0524 copy   I’ve seen one….I’ve seen loads of them but they aren’t tame. These were shot with Bertha plus 2x teleconverter. Will the wee devils come to my feeders, will they hell! The file size will allow enlargement. These are proper wet my knickers shots.

Now for the Eagles and Buzzard and Osprey and White Tailed Eagles. Who sells incontinence trousers? Don’t worry I’ll enquire on T’internet.

Have fun.

27 comments:

  1. Pampers do a good range of incontinence pants but not trousers, though they might be a bit small for a tall chap:) Like the Hoodies a very odd bird. You've seen one extra bird species then me:(

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    1. Thanks Douglas. I'll tie string round the bottom of my over trousers. There are several around but they sit on the top of tall trees.

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  2. Lovely set Adrian.
    I think; maybe, your green plant is a Spurge of some sort, or a Euphorbia. Quite a big family.
    dead envious of those Hooded Crow shots.

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    1. Keith, I can't make my mind up over the plant....I'll get a closer view of the crow.

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  3. Lovely pics, Adrian ... so lovely ... spring is just starting here in Alberta ... the poplars are getting greener every day ... I rototilled my garden ... will put it in tomorrow ... do that always around Victoria Day ... hopefully we'll get the 100 frost free days we are promised ... so I can harvest my crop of beans, carrots, peas, beets, tomatoes, and potatoes ...I'm so excited that winter is over ... although I see they just had a freak snowstorm in Newfie Land ... we get freak hail storms in August, so just when you think of harvest ... everything gets shredded to bits ... Be well, eh ... blessed be, Adrian. Always, cat.

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    1. Cat...it is very warm here at the moment. How long it will last is anyone's guess.

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  4. Super bird images Adrian, well done with those shots of the Hooded Crow, you're one up on me, I've yet to see one!
    With your expert guidance Bertha seems to be doing the business and I predict lots more wet moments to come, just be careful of the nappy rash!!

    I think your mystery green plant could be a Golden Saxifrage..either Alternate-leaved (chrysosplenium alternifolium) or Opposite-leaved (chrysosplenium oppositifolium) I'll leave you to decide!!...[;o)

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    1. Trevor, the plant needs an expert.

      Bertha is capable of some wonderful shots...I suspect she is best left to her own devices.

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  5. Heerlijke vogelserie zo te zien heb je daar niet veel regen.?

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    1. Geen regen voor ongeveer een week nu .... het is mistig en saai in de ochtend.

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  6. A Lady's privilege to change her outfit several times a day :)

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    1. Monica, it does it to confuse me....odd behaviour for a plant.

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  7. Well done on the Hooded Crows. We don't have these birds here in Canada. I think you may have to do a little cropping on those photos. Love that big Bertha of yours.

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    1. Horst, cropped from 5,500pixels to about half that on the longest side.

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  8. Hooded Crows a plenty on Lewis Adrian. Pretty tame in comparison as well. They come within 5 metres at the house.

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    1. Graham, 5 metres is plenty close enough....These are miles away and watching me.

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  9. A great post on birds and plants. It's a good time of year for both birds and plants. You can tell how hard it was to get the hooded crow.

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    1. Red, they are elusive for a medium sized bird. I'll get closer.

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  10. Love the Hooded Crow, a great "lifer" for you. Bertha sure has got the upper hand, with flowers and of course the birds. Brilliant shots Adrian.

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  11. Love the Hooded Crow, a great "lifer" for you. Bertha sure has got the upper hand, with flowers and of course the birds. Brilliant shots Adrian.

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    1. Bob, I'll keep trying for a clear image. The flowers were shot with a 100mm Macro lens.

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  12. More super pictures Adrian - I especially liked your shot of the male siskin. What an amazing camera you have to achieve such detail and such clarity.

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    1. Y.P. I switched from Olympus to Canon and it has made a big difference. the 400mm lens is a monster but does the job. It's hardly portable though.

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  13. I love these wildflowers and I'm hoping to start photographing the local ones around here. I'm getting a good dose of common gardening ornamental plants, now I need to go to the wildflowers.

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    1. Maria, I look forward to seeing them. hey'll be bigger and brighter than ours.

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