Archive for May, 2011

Swallows shouting at each other…

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

I have returned to the Swallows again for this post as I keep popping back to see how they are progressing.

This pair of Swallows are actually a breeding pair! It just goes to show that even birds yell at each other despite being happily married ( makes mental note to self ).
What I think is happening is that the female is protesting to the males advances. She is not ready and is letting him know in no uncertain manner.

Alternatively, they both want to rest and are simply squabbling over the same perch.

A Starling – having a bad hair day.

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Here is one of a very common bird enjoying a refreshing bath.

Water is like a magnet to wildlife. When we have a prolonged spell of dry weather, which I accept is not very often here in the UK, then I find that the wildlife makes frequent use of the water in and around my garden. At this time of year there are plenty of new born birds that are experimenting with water for the first time. It is quite comical watching them learn from their parents behaviour.

This Starling was certainly heading for a bad hair day award.

A Heron leaving the pond.

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Here is another image from my recent wanderings with the camera.

Surprisingly, Herons have not been an easy subject for me since I started photography. They are easy enough to find and being relatively large I often see them in the fields and in drainage ditches when I am out and about walking. However, when I try to approach them, they are typically quite cautious and very reluctant to hang around. When they do decide to take off, they often fly directly away from me which is not very photogenic

I did however manage to get this image recently. It is full frame in the camera, just as it decided to take off parallel to the cameras sensor.

Mr and Mrs Linnet…

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Here are another couple of images taken locally. This time Linnets.

I had noticed both the male and the female flying around so I decided to adopt a low profile and spend some time with them observing their behaviour. Over the course of thirty minutes or so it became apparent that their travels were actually quite local, venturing no more than 30 metres up and down a quiet track. Following one of these short flights I noticed that the female was carrying nesting material which helped me understand their apparent reluctance to fly further away.

Interestingly I didn’t see the male fetch any nesting material. He was far too busy chirping away in the sunshine, while Mrs. Linnet kept busy.

A Meadow pipit, keeping an eye on me.

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Here is another image from my recent wanderings with the camera.

Generally, this species is a little easier to approach than some of the others birds I have encountered recently. There are good numbers of them as well, in and around the fields, which increases the chances of getting an image. I noticed that they spent a lot of time in the fields but would occasionally return to a nearby fence post.

I picked the best looking fence post I could find and waited for a bird to return when this image was recorded.