Monthly Archives: April 2013

Little Brown Beauty!

The term ‘Little Brown Job’ or ‘LBJ’ is used by birders to generically describe small passerine (perching) birds. I’ve never liked the term, I Just don’t think it does any bird justice! What some call ‘dull’ I call gorgeous.


There are none more special than those hardy travellers who spend their summers here before migrating back to their various wintering grounds.


Here are some of those lovely looking birds that have arrived in the past week!

Garden Warbler

Willow Warbler

Whitethroat

ChiffchaffBlackcap

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A little closer!

Christmas was kind to my camera! I had a few additional gadgets to add to my kit.

The first was a doubler to increase the telescopic length of my lens, bringing me that much closer to would-be distant wildlife. I was advised against a x2 zoom, some saying get a x1.4 zoom, others saying don’t bother at all. But I love my 2x zoom, it is testing my technical camera skills with great rewards.

Robin

My other gadget is a set of macro-tubes; placed between the camera body and lens to act as a magnifier. Again this is also testing my technical camera knowledge with great rewards. My first test drive was of the tubes was on fabrics. My first test on a living thing was of a crocus which I think looks a little like a Georgia O’Keeffe painting.

PashminaCrocus

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also got very lucky on Easter Sunday, a rare moment of sunshine brought the bees out of the hives and I got this lovely shot.

Honeybee

I’m sure I’m going to have more fun with these gadgets in the summer months in the mean time I’ll keep watching the migrants arrive and the buds unfurl!

Primrose in budLeaf in bud

Willow Warbler

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Call of the Wild

I apologise for my absence again! I have been busy with one thing and another.


Milligan is doing well. In fact he is feeling the call of the wild! This wonderful photo was taken by Morris-Henshaw, it shows Milligan at the patio door looking very wistful.

Call of the Wild

I had hoped Milligan would be on his way by now, out exploring the local gardens, but unfortunately the weather is not quite ideal. Though there was not much snow on the ground where I am, the temperature is still very cold. Spring is very slowly beginning to show, but there’s not as much life out and about as there has been in previous years. I’m waiting for the weather to become a bit more stable, one swallow doesn’t make a summer!

Preparations have been made to get things ready to release Milligan. I’m waiting for the best time to release him as I want to make sure, after looking after Milligan for all these months, that he gets the very best start this spring! Although I don’t know when Milligan will be released, it will be soon and I do know I will miss him.

Milligan

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