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Hope these puffins brighten up your day 😉

 

Puffin singing in the rain....

 

Puffin, Fratercula arctica singing in the rain, calling showing joy, happiness and defiance despite the weather. Taken at Skomer Island UK Stock Photo

 

.... a beak full.....

Puffin with sand eels in its beak with the focus on the sand eels Stock Photo

 

....and rest!!

 

Puffin, Fratercula arctica, waking up with its beak tucked under its wing. Taken at Skomer Island UK Stock Photo
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Oh, thank you Martin! They are perfect!

What is it about these birds? Fat-looking cheeks, sorrowfully designed eyes. Colorful beaks. And super-talented to be able to pick up those tiny fish without dropping the rest. 
I would love to hold one and stroke it’s feathers.

Betty

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If you ever get to the uk, get to Skomer Island off the Welsh coast between May and August.

You can't pick them up obviously but you can have a lot of fun watching them running and waddling around your feet as they cross the paths to get to their burrows. They are amazing birds.

 

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1 hour ago, Martin L said:

If you ever get to the uk, get to Skomer Island off the Welsh coast between May and August.

You can't pick them up obviously but you can have a lot of fun watching them running and waddling around your feet as they cross the paths to get to their burrows. They are amazing birds.

 

I might die of ecstasy. Be still, my heart.

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Woody in the snow

 

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There are Puffins in Maine too Betty, a little closer to home. Amazing birds, haven't seen them myself. Love those photos. 

 

Here is one of mine - a place close to my heart - a beach near my family's summer place. Canada geese in it too - in keeping with the bird theme. 

 

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McGregor Lake, Alberta 

 

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Robin singing his heart out.

 

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Kāpiti Island, NZ

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Here's a couple of my favourite bird photos.

 

Mallard with duckling:

 

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Robin having a bath in my garden:

 

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23 minutes ago, VbFolly said:

Here's a couple of my favourite bird photos.

 

Mallard with duckling:

 

 

 

Robin having a bath in my garden:

 

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We are seeing a lot of one particular robin now we're doing so much gardening. He doesn't want to miss any of the greeblies we disturb. 

I'll try to get a pic of him- though it won't be up to your standard, I only go to 200mm.

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1 hour ago, spacecadet said:

We are seeing a lot of one particular robin now we're doing so much gardening. He doesn't want to miss any of the greeblies we disturb. 

I'll try to get a pic of him- though it won't be up to your standard, I only go to 200mm.

Good luck, Mark, and thanks. They're one bird you can get pretty good photos of without a long lens.

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41 minutes ago, VbFolly said:

Good luck, Mark, and thanks. They're one bird you can get pretty good photos of without a long lens.

 

 

Like this one, I could have held out my hand and he would have been able to step onto it.

 

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Love the birds! 
 

Here’s one of mine, taken from my back patio. I taped a stick on a shepherd’s pole that held my hummingbird feeder and got this sweet female ruby-throated hummingbird taking a shower in the rain. The females don’t have the ruby throat.

 

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Green Violet-ear (Colibri thalassinus), Costa Rica

The 'a' are my raindrops Betty 😄

 

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2 hours ago, gvallee said:

Green Violet-ear (Colibri thalassinus), Costa Rica

The 'a' are my raindrops Betty 😄

 

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Lol! Gorgeous hummingbird. What beautiful birds you have Down Under. Just think. You are standing upside down on the other side of the earth from me, with your feel holding onto the ground by gravity.

Or am I upside down? :blink:

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This little female, possibly the same one showering, showed up almost before the first light. Then she napped. But she was guarding the nectar feeder below in spite of sleeping, and woe to any other who tried to steal a sip.  
I often took the feeder down for a very short time and sat out with a red cap lid full of nectar in my hand. It’s really special when they hover three inches from your nose and look you over. Then land on your hand with those itsy bitsy feet and drink from the lid. They weigh almost nothing. I treasured those moments.

 

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Violet saberwing -- hummingbirds are birds of the Americas, not Aussies.  They've got other amazing birds.  This one was taken at El Jaguar private reserve near where I live.   I sent it in as a single submission because I was concerned about the motion blur passing CC.   When this virus gets under control, El Jaguar is a wonderful place with good birding guides.  My friend saw 20 different species in around 3 hours.   I also got a photo of a sloth, but not closeup enough, probably for a sale.

 

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1 hour ago, Betty LaRue said:

Lol! Gorgeous hummingbird. What beautiful birds you have Down Under. Just think. You are standing upside down on the other side of the earth from me, with your feel holding onto the ground by gravity.

Or am I upside down? :blink:

 

Unfortunately, we have no hummingbirds in Oz, nor monkeys for that matter.

This one was taken in Costa Rica.

We do have the lovely sunbirds, lyrebirds and bowerbirds though.

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Here’s a wasp on a coneflower in my garden.

 

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On 27/03/2020 at 11:54, Allan Bell said:

 

 

Like this one, I could have held out my hand and he would have been able to step onto it.

 

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Great shot, Allan. I could draw this bird. Make a circle. Put a smaller half-circle on one end. Wings, tail, legs. Voila. Little fattie...they are so cute.

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A pair of Monarch butterflies on a pink cone flower.

 

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Excellent, Dave! Beautiful part of the country you live in. Went through there once and loved it.

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Thanks, Betty.  I went through here once and stayed!  But this week we still have snow on the ground...

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There's always something about clownfish that makes me want to take photos. 
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