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On 25/07/2020 at 23:31, Betty LaRue said:

The big ones will turn your blood cold...they’ll go for the throat sometimes. But the small ones are the ankle-biters, and can do their own brand of damage. 
My mother had a half poodle, half cocker spaniel once. I was visiting when Mom’s insurance agent called on her. Danny barked once or twice when he came in, then laid down through the visit. When the guy got up to leave, Danny shadowed him then nipped his heel above his shoe as he was stepping out of the door. It was the Cocker in him. They can be feisty.

 

You will have to be careful if you ever come over the pond to visit the Queen.

 

Corgis are good ankle biters.

 

Allan

 

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Finally started uploading "new" content again. 

I have decided to put off majority of my keyword reviewing until winter - I have a lot to fix, and I'd rather use the nicer weather to get out into nature now. 

 

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On 27/07/2020 at 17:46, Allan Bell said:
On 27/07/2020 at 11:07, Sally R said:

 

I love this photo Shergar. The scenery is beautiful on its own but having your dog Ben in there as well really makes it. A few years ago I went to Bhutan and there were many dogs wandering about who were friendly. I can remember watching a scene of the sun setting and cloud coming down from the mountains over a village and valley, and this lovely dog just came and watched the scene with me. Your photo reminds me of that memory.

 

You should have brought that dog back home. He/she was a sole-mate.

 

Allan

 

Aww thank you Allan. I love dogs anyway but felt especially connected to this one. Animals are everywhere in Bhutan. Horses and yaks and cows often roam freely. One of the people I travelled with asked one of the guides how the owners of the yaks find them when they need them, and she said the yaks know their own name and respond to it when called. They often have bells as well so you can hear them. It was strange coming home to a place where animals are controlled behind fences and everything seems separated off from everything else and is more regimented somehow. I loved seeing yaks for the first time there.

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This was a special moment for me a couple of months ago - for years I have wanted to see grebes carrying their chicks around. I wish I had been able to get lower down, but it was just lovely to see :)

 

I have a special day our planned for tomorrow - going to some wetlands I have not visited since before lockdown. It was going to be two days running I was having outings, but Saturday isn't looking so good right now.

 

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4 hours ago, chris_rabe said:

This was a special moment for me a couple of months ago - for years I have wanted to see grebes carrying their chicks around. I wish I had been able to get lower down, but it was just lovely to see :)

 

I have a special day our planned for tomorrow - going to some wetlands I have not visited since before lockdown. It was going to be two days running I was having outings, but Saturday isn't looking so good right now.

 

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You are very lucky to get such a good shot. At least as far as I am concerned. Course it is probably better preparation than I ever managed.

 

I used to visit my local water park nearly every day in the village where I lived in Cambridge and there were Grebes there which I tried many times to capture on the sensor but the moment they saw me positioning the camera they dived under water and would pop up elsewhere shouting "Cooeeee! I'm over here". Did manage to get one or two but no where near as good as yours.

 

Allan

 

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11 hours ago, chris_rabe said:

This was a special moment for me a couple of months ago - for years I have wanted to see grebes carrying their chicks around. I wish I had been able to get lower down, but it was just lovely to see :)

 

I have a special day our planned for tomorrow - going to some wetlands I have not visited since before lockdown. It was going to be two days running I was having outings, but Saturday isn't looking so good right now.

 

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Spectacular, Chris! What I wouldn’t give just to see them let alone capture them on camera so well. Good on you.  That would have been a thrill for me, too. Trouble is, I’d have been shaking with excitement so much I’d have messed up the shots. I do that if I come across something on my bucket list unexpectedly.

i planted two crabapple trees once in the hopes of attracting Cedar Waxwings.  I waited 8 years, then one day pulling into my driveway after shopping, there they were, a flock of them accompanied by a flock of American robins. They were stripping the red crabapples off the tree, it was winter.

I had to pull into the garage, get my Nikon, mount my 80-400 lens, put the camera on a monopod and sneak out to the garage door and take my shots. I must I’ve taken 80 or so, only a few useable because even with a monopod, I was shaking so hard and my finger jerked on the button. In fact, I was shaking so hard that just getting my lens mounted took forever.

Betty

The only one fit for upload.

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A robin, same shoot

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10 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

Spectacular, Chris! What I wouldn’t give just to see them let alone capture them on camera so well. Good on you.  That would have been a thrill for me, too. Trouble is, I’d have been shaking with excitement so much I’d have messed up the shots. I do that if I come across something on my bucket list unexpectedly.

i planted two crabapple trees once in the hopes of attracting Cedar Waxwings.  I waited 8 years, then one day pulling into my driveway after shopping, there they were, a flock of them accompanied by a flock of American robins. They were stripping the red crabapples off the tree, it was winter.

I had to pull into the garage, get my Nikon, mount my 80-400 lens, put the camera on a monopod and sneak out to the garage door and take my shots. I must I’ve taken 80 or so, only a few useable because even with a monopod, I was shaking so hard and my finger jerked on the button. In fact, I was shaking so hard that just getting my lens mounted took forever.

Betty

The only one fit for upload.

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A robin, same shoot

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That's a red, red robin. What was he saying to you?

 

Paulette

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6 minutes ago, NYCat said:

 

That's a red, red robin. What was he saying to you?

 

Paulette

 

Get that camera out'a my face.

 

Allan

 

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8 hours ago, NYCat said:

 

That's a red, red robin. What was he saying to you?

 

Paulette

He couldn’t get any words out because of the crabapple in his mouth. 😉Might have wanted to say, “my feet are cold, it’s February.” And yeah, Allan, what you said. 😂

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The thing about waxwings are they are usually found in the countryside. They are in flocks, anyway every time I’ve seen them, and feed on berries of all kinds, including those green “horn-shaped” berries on evergreens, and catkins. I’ve seen them in town only twice in my life. The first time many years ago I saw them was when we cut back some holly bushes in the winter. We had the limbs piled in the yard. It was winter (again) and the waxwings came in a flock to feed on the holly berries in the limb pile. I had never seen one before and fell in love.

 

I don’t know for sure, but possibly when food gets scarce in the country, they’ll search in urban areas. Of all the years (about 25) I had my crabapple trees, one in front, one in back, they visited only once.
I must’ve been extremely optimistic when I planted them.

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On 31/07/2020 at 01:33, Betty LaRue said:

Spectacular, Chris! What I wouldn’t give just to see them let alone capture them on camera so well. Good on you.  That would have been a thrill for me, too. Trouble is, I’d have been shaking with excitement so much I’d have messed up the shots. I do that if I come across something on my bucket list unexpectedly.

i planted two crabapple trees once in the hopes of attracting Cedar Waxwings.  I waited 8 years, then one day pulling into my driveway after shopping, there they were, a flock of them accompanied by a flock of American robins. They were stripping the red crabapples off the tree, it was winter.

I had to pull into the garage, get my Nikon, mount my 80-400 lens, put the camera on a monopod and sneak out to the garage door and take my shots. I must I’ve taken 80 or so, only a few useable because even with a monopod, I was shaking so hard and my finger jerked on the button. In fact, I was shaking so hard that just getting my lens mounted took forever.

Betty

The only one fit for upload.


 

You were so lucky with the Waxwings - something I am still desperately after! Maybe this winter! It's such a lovely shot :)

 

I know what you mean about exciting moments getting the better of you - just yesterday, I encountered my first stoat - a weasel like creature for anyone not sure. I was just so flabbergasted, I forgot how to use my camera :D  Still got a couple of ok shots - helped by at one point it coming to within about 3 meters of me! Despite me not getting that I actually went out for - this made up for it :D 

 

 

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On 30/07/2020 at 18:49, Allan Bell said:

 

You are very lucky to get such a good shot. At least as far as I am concerned. Course it is probably better preparation than I ever managed.

 

I used to visit my local water park nearly every day in the village where I lived in Cambridge and there were Grebes there which I tried many times to capture on the sensor but the moment they saw me positioning the camera they dived under water and would pop up elsewhere shouting "Cooeeee! I'm over here". Did manage to get one or two but no where near as good as yours.

 

Allan

 

 

They are one of my fav uk birds. I  now have quite a few photos of them. I have three great locations for them near me - Richmond Park, the Thames jsut a 20 min walk away, and Windsor Park - which I was going to visit today, but am knackered after my day out yesterday 😕 

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2 hours ago, chris_rabe said:

 

They are one of my fav uk birds. I  now have quite a few photos of them. I have three great locations for them near me - Richmond Park, the Thames jsut a 20 min walk away, and Windsor Park - which I was going to visit today, but am knackered after my day out yesterday 😕 

 

Yeh! The heat gets to you don't it. I was out yesterday afternoon and am taking it easy indoors today.

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Great one Edo. Just make sure your cat doesn't jump on my bird.

 

Little Corella.

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Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca) silhouetted in flight at sunrise. It helps to have a campervan to camp near the wetlands. I didn't have to get up at super stupid o'clock. I still needed a short drive in the dark though.

 

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On 01/08/2020 at 05:08, Ed Rooney said:

This is the closest thing I could find to beautiful nature this past week.

 

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I like that, Edo!

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5 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

That is stunning, Gen!

Aww... Thank you Betty.

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I don't have any new images of wildlife critters, but here's a recent nature photo from  a beautiful place - Ucluelet, British Columbia, Canada. (Vancouver Island)

 

Rocky shoreline as seen from the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet, British Columbia, Canada Stock Photo

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On 02/08/2020 at 10:35, gvallee said:

Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca) silhouetted in flight at sunrise. It helps to have a campervan to camp near the wetlands. I didn't have to get up at super stupid o'clock. I still needed a short drive in the dark though.

 

 

 

Lovely photo :) 

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On 05/08/2020 at 05:25, dlmphotog said:
 

Misty Koolau Mountains, Kaneohe, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA

 

Scenes like this make me think about travelling... wonder when thats going to happen again... I'm seriously looking into what options I have this year. It's such a minefield though. 

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