ABOUT ME

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, 16 March 2015

SUNSTROKE. (16/03/15)

Well not quite but the weekend was notable for cloudless skies and little wind. Saturday morning I wandered down to Foyers Pier to creep up on a Wren that lives there. The little blighter was hopping about in the Gorse bushes and though it was close it wouldn’t sit in the open.

_MG_2878            Foyers Bay.

Sunday was great, but very cold and I forgot my gloves. I was out for a couple of hours and the sun took an hour to appear over the hills and warm my fingers.

_MG_2881        I spent twenty minutes walking this way and that to try and creep up on the Goldeneyes. They have radar and can swim as fast as I can walk. This is the best yet, at least I can see it’s golden eye.

_MG_2883       More Hair Ice. This is the largest example I’ve found and the fronds are about two inches long. I suspect this is the last of it for this year. The stick it is growing on is about a foot to eighteen inches long.

_MG_2886       We got back to the van to find half a flock of my favourite birds decimating my fat ball feeder. The little sods had unhooked it and eaten the lot so decimation is a vast understatement.

Have a good week.

32 comments:

  1. Good shot of the Starling. Glad you had some decent weather Adrian.

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  2. I was wondering what kind of bird that was ~ and I see Margaret named it for me. Interesting ice formation ~ why/how does that happen Adrian?

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    1. Carol, I think it is triggered by a fungal infection in the stick then a calm cold night makes the ice filaments.

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  3. When you say you crept up on a Wren in the bushes, did you mean a member of the Women's Royal Naval Service? Poor young woman! She must have been very scared when you revealed your navel and asked her to service it.

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    1. YP, no a much smaller bird than that.

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  4. A little more perseverance with those Goldeneye Adrian and you'll have them posing perfectly for you!

    Excellent shot of the Starling, they don't miss a trick when it comes to finding food.

    Amazed to see the Hair Ice is still around, it must still be very cold up there?...[;o)

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    1. Trevor, I got both male and female this morning twig free and in the same shot.

      It's the first time I've seen any for a month or so. It seems to like about -4C.

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  5. Pictures, excellent. But, I love the Starlings, beautiful.

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    1. Bob, they are noisy naughty birds but I enjoy them.

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  6. Buenas fotos nos dejas hoy!!!
    La primera es preciosa y el pájaro estupendo.
    Por aquí tenemos la primavera adelantada perio tienen que vover las heladas de marzo, esta tiempo no es nornal
    Buen lunes .
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Gracias Laura, podemos obtener las heladas hasta finales de abril. Después de que son raros.

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  7. Me quedo con la primera,Adrian. Es preciosa con ese reflejo en el agua!!!
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Jordi, és rar aconseguir un dia sense vent.

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  8. All beautiful, the first one is really magic

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    1. Laura, it is a pity I was not set up for landscapes.

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  9. lovely shots as always. Riding back from my Sunday Safari, the thermometer on my bike read 104F (Google says that's 40C). That was in the sun, of course. Sitting at lights was tough. Not so bad as long as I was moving. Have a nice week.

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    1. R.Ma., it is too hot in Florida.

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  10. I love the massive reflection on the first image (of course). The Hair ice is amazing are you any closer to getting it under a microscope?

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    1. Douglas, I have tried but the LED light on my USB microscope melts it.

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  11. Love that first shot Adrian, and the cheeky Starling.

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    1. Keith, they are limited to three fat balls a day. They are very entertaining birds. I've had to wire the feeder to the hook as their first job is to chuck it on the ground.

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  12. Really great images. Love the reflections in the first landscape shot.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. Mersad, I have not had any misty morning or evenings for ages.

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  13. Your first photo is a winner. I like the reflection. It's hard to tell which direction the light is coming from. Also it's not very bright so not good reflection conditions.

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    1. Red, the light was behind me but the sun hadn't risen.

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  14. Love these pictures. It seems such a peaceful surrounding. Soothing.

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    1. Raffaela, it is a beautiful and peaceful area.

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  15. I love starlings also.. and that's a beauty of an image.

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    1. Hilary, they provide me with hours of entertainment.

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  16. Some great quality shots here, hope they didn't eat you out of house & home.

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    1. Jay, starlings are little devils but I have tied all the feeders to the pole so they can't chuck them on the floor.

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