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mvecht

a short walk today to check on the Owl family.

They are still doing well and the Owlets are starting to fly.

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A couple of Redstarts were seen

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a Wren

 

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and some Mute Swans and Eiders

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"He went that way!"

 

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pedro maia

Black redstart, today in Carcavelos:

 

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pomkiwi

Possibly got a bit too much time to play in post-processing at the moment.....

 

A Red Kite flew over the garden yesterday:

 

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In a more serious fashion - they are actively hunting over the neighbouring field at the moment. Normally I'd be very happy with this but they are directly competing with the barn owl....

 

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The Barn Owl has taken to hunting in the late afternoon - hopefully a sign that he has some dependents to look after. It is annoying the crows a little...

 

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The crows are annoyed with everything though - here in conflict with a buzzard:

 

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janzin

Back to the cemetery yesterday, was really happy to find an American Woodcock hiding in the leaf litter. They are very hard to spot! Too bad about the bottle behind him. Most places in this cemetery are immaculately kept but this one pond is somewhat neglected (which actually makes it a hot spot for birds.)

 

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Also, another look at a Louisiana Warbler. There seemed to be an influx of them, we saw at least four or five. Soon they will be gone and replaced by their cousins the Northern Waterthrush.

 

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I thought some might be interested in a view or two of our beautiful, historic cemetery. Many famous New Yorkers are buried there.

 

Here's the pond where we have been seeing the waterthrushes.

 

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Alan on the prowl.

 

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Another view of the main pond--its called Sylvan Water.

 

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Soukous

That's a pretty swanky cemetery @janzin

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Towlersonsafari

We are lucky enough in this lockdown to be able to walk along the river Nene which flows about a third of a mile below us-this was taken with my phone this morning-and what a difference a week makes! last weekend we heard blackcaps, a few Reed Warblers and Cettis mostly, but today Garden Warblers,whitethroat, lesser Whitethroat and lots more Reed Warblers and joined in, as well as the first cuckoo of the year, and a badly disguised heron

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And in the garden pond we have lots of these caddis fly larvae at the moment, that seem to loke adding duck weed to their stone houses

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And finally a wood pigeon pair are nesting in oe of the trees--scrubs up quite well

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janzin
1 hour ago, Soukous said:

That's a pretty swanky cemetery @janzin

 

It is; and many famous people buried there like Louis Comfort Tiffany, Leonard Bernstein, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and many others that probably only New Yorkers would know. We actually looked to get a plot there but they wanted $30,000--paid in advance :)

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Today's highlight was spotted pecking at insects at the far end of my garden on one of my apple trees. So far this year he has not been spotted on my feeders. This is handheld through double glazing. 1DX2 at 1/250s, f5.6, ISO 2500, lens 100-400 L mk2 at 400mm stabilised. Processed from RAW in Photoshop CS 2020 using Camera Raw. Although I had attempted to clean the window I still had to use the dehaze tool. The weather was solid light grey cloud.

 

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Bush dog

From my kitchen,

 

Great spotted Woodpecker

 

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kittykat23uk

Been checking on our owls:

 

 

 

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Bush dog

In my garden

 

White wagtail

 

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pedro maia

A Common buzzard over my house a few momments ago, pity it didn´t come down a bit more to allow more detais:

 

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TonyQ

Some more regular visitors to the garden.....

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Great Tit - seen most days

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Dunnock

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We see Dunnock every day in the garden. I think when you have fewer species to look at, you can spend more time appreciating the understated beauty of common birds. Colours may be from a limited palatte, but they are arranged to very pleasing effect.

 

 

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pedro maia

Yesterday afternoon, 10m from home:

 

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