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Soukous
16 hours ago, Zubbie15 said:

The past couple of days we've had a big male Turkey patrolling our backyard

 

Keep him there until Thanksgiving :o

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Soukous
11 hours ago, janzin said:

@Zubbie15 we'll convert you to a birder yet :lol:

 

 

 

Yeah, and we'll get you contributing to Big Year Janet. :D

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Zubbie15
14 hours ago, janzin said:

@Zubbie15 we'll convert you to a birder yet :lol:

 

 

 

Hmmm, well baby steps at least. :)

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Patty
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Pinnacles National Park has been one of the few national parks which has remained open on a limited basis. We went once for a day trip and have camped there twice since it closed to day use. On our day trip we had 4 California condors fly right above our heads on the Steep and Narrows portion of the High Peaks trail. I heard their wing beats before I saw them. I managed one phone photo after they were much farther away.

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On the same trail

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That portion of the trail along with the two talus caves closed the following day due to social distancing issues

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Towlersonsafari

Came acoss this rather jolly sight on our river walk

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Peter Connan

Love,y sighting!

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xelas

Adorable!!!

 

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Soukous

Birdlife in the garden has been a bit sparse recently; apart from a pair of Jackdaws that strut around the lawn and the Blue Tits that are feeding chicks in our old water pump.

The Blue Tit parents have been busier than Deliveroo over the past few days, bringing food to the chicks pretty much non-stop from dawn to dusk.

I think this morning will be their last day though, as some of the chicks have already flown the nest.

 

It's fun to watch them. They fly in and stand on top of the pump for a look around before dropping down inside to feed their young. Then between 3-7 seconds later they shoot out of the spout to go in search of more food.

getting shots of them standing on the pump is easy.

 

Blue Tit

 

Blue Tit

 

Blue Tit

 

Blue Tit

 

Getting shots of them coming out is much harder.

The only way I could get anything at all was to wait until they had gone inside, then count to 3 and start firing a burst.

Even with the shutter speed cranked up to 1/2000th of a second this was all I could get; they come out so fast

 

Blue Tit

 

Blue Tit

 

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Soukous

it's not only Swans that are caring for their young at the moment.

Lots of Canada Geese and Geylag Geese around at the moment with little Gooselets

 

Canada Goose

 

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Soukous

Last year I couldn't find a Yellowhammer or Linnet for love nor money, this year they are everywhere

 

Yellowhammer

 

Yellowhammer

 

Linnet

 

Linnet

 

and the Linnets are even taking appropriate Covid-19 precautions

Linnet

 

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pomkiwi

Having a lot of fun watching our barn owls at the moment. I have witnessed them interacting which is not something I've heard much about or seen pictured. I'll post a few images but in the meantime here is a shot from a couple of evenings ago of a male (I think) enjoying a successful hunt.

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Not the best quality I'm afraid but I am a fair way away, it was nearly dark and my ISO unpleasant (Nikon D500, FP500mm f/5.6, 1/3200 sec, ISO 8000). 

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Soukous

I see Pied Wagtails quite often but this one had actually found something to eat.

Mistley, Essex. May 2020

 

Pied Wagtail

 

Pied Wagtail

 

Pied Wagtail

 

 

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