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Bird weekly – Photo challenge – Birds from the last 2 weeks

The topic for this weeks bird weekly photo challenge is birds that I have seen during the last two weeks. I have tried my best to snap as many photographs of the birds I have seen during the past 2 weeks. Some have eluded me but I hope you enjoy the ones that I managed to get.

Canada goose
Duck
Chiffchaff
wood pigeon
Collared Dove
Shelduck
Redshank
Chicken
More ducks
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Easter weekend walk

Todays blog is a summary of our Easter Sunday walk, I have posted about this place on numerous occasions but it is definitely our favourite woodland walk and with lockdown easing and being able to move around a little bit more it was time to take the opportunity to get back there. So todays blog will also bring in a few blogging challenges that I like to do and these are for Jo’s Monday Walk, Cee’s flower of the day and also Becky’s are you square? – bright squares.

A lot of my squares today are actually contributing to my bright squares for today from all of the bright blue skies to the bright reflections on the lake.

On leaving the car and deciding which direction we would start our walk this little bird was the first thing I saw flying up from the ground into the trees. It took a while to get this photograph as it kept flitting from branch to branch and it was quite difficult to find it camouflaged into the branches. Neither Mr H or I actually knew what it was when we first saw it but we now think that it is a chiffchaff.

The next two photographs are for for my flower of the day as I could not resist taking a photograph of the willow, its latin name in Salix caprea but it is known as a goat willow, pussy willow or a great sallow.

I couldn’t resist taking a close up of some of the catkins before carrying on our walk as they just looked so fabulous against that bright blue sky.

As we carried on our walk this tree trunk stump just needed to have its photograph taken. It always amazes me when they have gaps at the bottom of the trunk I am not sure how well you can see it. It always makes me wonder how it has been made.

Our next stop that we took photographs was the lake, this is always one of my favourite places to take photographs as every time you go it looks so different. As we walked around towards the lake we heard a couple of geese flying overhead heading for the lake. It was lovely to be able to actually see them both from the actual viewing platform as we walked around. With one of them standing on its tree trunk island preening itself in the sunshine while the other was on the lake. Although there were some ducks and a moorhen they were at the other side of the lake.

How fabulous does it look? Its looks like it was really sunny and warm but actually it is very deceiving as it was quite chilly. But just look at the reflections of the trees in the Lake it really didn’t matter how chilly it was as it was just a fabulous sight.

Charlie is also enjoying his surroundings although luckily enough the ducks had stayed away as Charlie really does not like being around the ducks (not sure why as there have always been ducks around the caravan.

As we made our way back to the car eventually I spotted this little duck just wandering back to the small lake by the visitor centre.

I didn’t actually realise until writing this that actually the majority of the photograph that I took were around the lake but Mr H did actually take a little video and he has posted it on his facebook group, so here is the link if you fancy having a little look and even listen to all of the birds that are in the background they were definitely very vocal. Plus there is also a very short video clip on this blogs facebook page that I managed to get of M H and Charlie dog and here is the link to that.

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Pairs in black and white

This week in Cee’s black and white photo challenge Cee is asking us to look for pairs. Some of my photographs you will have seen before since we are still in lock down but there are a few new ones as well.

Pair of ducks

Pair of seagull chicks

Pair of bear statues

Pair of alpacas

Pair of dandelions

Pair of water bottles

Pair of crochet heart keyrings

Pair of walking boots

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Bird weekly – Photo challenge – Birds with white feathers

Although I am slightly late for this weeks it is nice to get back to searching my photographs for pictures of birds, at the moment they still seem to be one of my favourite things to photograph even with a fear for them flying close to me. The topic for this weeks bird weekly photo challenge is birds with white feathers.

Swans

This has to be one of my favourite birds with white feathers, to me they are so graceful.

Trumpeter Swan
Mute Swan
Black necked swans

Seagull

This is probably one of the most common birds that I see were I live so it would be so wrong of me to not put at least one seagull picture in this blog. This one is one of the regular visitors to where I work (A school, so lots of possibilities of food dropped on the floor by the kids) they certainly like to get up close and personal.

The following images are those birds with flashes of white feathers somewhere on their body as opposed to being all white.

Pigeon
Duck
Moorhen
Chaffinch
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Bird weekly – Photo challenge – Macro shot

The topic for this weeks bird weekly photo challenge is macro shot. I don’t have many macro shots and I know I have used this one before but this one is definitely my favourite up close bird photograph for a few points. Firstly I seem at the moment to be obsessed with ducks and secondly as I actually managed to be able to sit so close to these two regular duck visitors to the caravan looking for some food without actually running away from them, a very big step in trying to get over my fear of birds flying by me or being very close to me.