Macro Monday

 I looked up ‘macro’ and it said “the lens has a macro setting for shooting big close-ups”! A statement which I rather liked!

I already knew what ‘Monday’ meant!

So today’s big close up…..

 I present the 2nd smallest bird in the UK….

I see wrens quite a lot but they are too fast to capture. Today, however, I caught one on camera by displaying some stealth and cunning! Once I had located Wrenata Wren, I took out my trusty iPhone, found my 'birds of Britain' app and played the song of the wren from it. Lo and behold…..Wrenato popped out onto the branch to take a long look at me…then she flew off but repeated the popping out several times!

I see wrens quite a lot but they are too fast to photograph. Today, however, I caught one on camera by displaying some stealth and cunning! Once I had located Wrenata Wren, I took out my trusty iPhone, found my ‘birds of Britain’ app and played the song of the wren from it. Lo and behold…..Wrenata popped out onto the branch to take a long look at me…then she flew off but repeated the popping out several times! 

I am very excited to actually catch a wren on camera mmmmmmm :)

That’s All!

See Ya xx

Weekly Photo Challenge: Motion

‘Tis the time for friskiness on the canal with a lot of ablutions going on!

Thus, I have my photos for the topic of ‘Motion’….

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But she’s not finished yet!

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And here she is with just the blow dry to organise and then she’s ready!

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See Ya xx

Weekly Photo Challenge: Early Bird 4

I think I should re-name this post “Early Birderfly!”

A beautiful Tortoiseshell butterfly on some Forget Me Not flowers.

A beautiful Tortoiseshell butterfly on some Forget Me Not flowers.

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Thanks to The Daily Post for this challenge.

That’s All!

See Ya xx

Weekly Photo Challenge: Early Bird 3

The Challenge-Early Bird!

First thing this morning the bees were very busy…..

Mr. Bee here was collecting something from the bud of a horse chestnut that is just bursting into leaf!

Mr. Bee here is collecting something from the bud of a horse chestnut that is just bursting into leaf!

This little chap was so excited with these Forget Me Nots that he was zooming from one to another. I could barely keep up with him!

This little chap was so excited with these Forget Me Nots that he was zooming from one to another. I could barely keep up with him!

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See Ya xx

Weekly Photo Challenge: Early Bird 2

So, over at The Daily Post the challenge is ‘Early Bird’.

Well whilst on a narrowboat at Easter I got up early to walk Rocky the dog and saw this beautiful Buzzard most definitely looking out for his breakfast!

Bernie Buzzard was hungry He'd not eaten since yesterday's tea 'Twas early and he had decided To see what he could from a tree!

Bernie Buzzard was hungry
He’d not eaten since yesterday’s tea
‘Twas early and he had decided
To see what he could from a tree!

He barely moved a muscle Just his head turned a tiny bit But then he noticed me and my dog And from that very tree he did flit!

He barely moved a muscle
Just his head turned a tiny bit
But then he noticed me and my dog
And from that very tree he did flit!

Sadly he went into the field a way off and I thought that was my only sighting of him for the day.

However….

Oh imagine my joy

Imagine my smile

On coming back to the boat

For up over there

Bernie’d come back

A chuckle grew up in my throat!

Out with the camera

On with the stealth

Tiptoe to up over there

Don’t hold your breath

It’ll give you the shakes

Now capture his beauty so rare….

"My tummy's a rumblin' I'll look over there." Said Bernie with hope in his heart!

“My tummy’s a rumblin’
I’ll look over there.”
Said Bernie with hope in his heart!

"I'm early enough to catch more than a worm, cos I'm big and I'm bad and I'm smart!"

“I’m early enough to catch more than a worm, cos I’m big and I’m bad and I’m smart!”

He looked to the right

He looked to the left

I wondered what he could see!

And then with a jolt

When I checked once again…..

….he was looking directly at me!!!

….he was looking directly at me!!!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Early Bird

So Early Bird is this week’s photo challenge. I permitted myself a smile when I thought of my holiday a week ago on a narrowboat. Oh…..the early mornings and oh…the birds! Perfect combination for this challenge…..

So without further blather….

There I was doing a bit of stretching in the early morning when I heard a tapping….and that's when I saw Graham the Great Spotted Woodpecker!

There I was doing a bit of stretching in the early morning when I heard a tapping….and that’s when I saw Graham the Great Spotted Woodpecker!

"Now," said Graham the Great Spotted Woodpecker, "Where was that hole I was working on….?"

“Now,” said Graham the Great Spotted Woodpecker, “Where was that hole I was working on….?”

"Was it up a bit higher?" he wondered!

“Was it up a bit higher?” he wondered!

"Or was it another tree completely?" he wondered idly in the early morning light!

“Or was it another tree completely?” he thought idly in the early morning light!

Graham the Great Spotted Woodpecker finally found that hole!

Graham the Great Spotted Woodpecker finally found that hole!

And here he is thoroughly checking it out!

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Just to let you know how excited I was to catch this beautiful bird, it’s only the second or third time I have seen one…just so pleased!

Also, on the previous day, this next photo was the best shot I had managed to get of another Great Spotted Woodpecker! Look….

You can just make him out!

You can just make him out!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Afloat 3

So following on from Cecilia

Some other birds heard what I’d said

About how her voice kind of grated

And left me holding my head.

So a few of them got together

To show how birdsong should be

So here’s some more little birdies

Singing their heart out for me!

Meet Bailey the beautiful Blackcap Sitting sunning himself on a twig He seemed to look to the distance Like he couldn't really give a fig!

Meet Bailey the beautiful Blackcap
Sitting sunning himself on a twig
He seemed to look to the distance
Like he couldn’t really give a fig!

But then he noticed Rocky Who was really quite inattentive He shouted "Oy dog go find your bone!" Which I thought was fairly inventive!

But then he noticed Rocky
Who was really quite inattentive
He shouted “Oy dog find your bone!”
Which I thought was fairly inventive!

So then Bailey started to sing

What a joy-it made my heart feel afloat

I know it’s a tentative link

But just listen to his lovely notes

"That's yer lot!" said Bailey And Rocky's coming now So go and find Mr. Robin He's just over there on a bough!

“That’s yer lot!” said Bailey
And Rocky’s coming now
So go and find Mr. Robin
He’s just over there on a bough!

Introducing Rocky!

"What have I missed?" barked Rocky "I couldn't find a bone, I looked and looked and looked and looked It's location to me is unknown!"

“What have I missed?” barked Rocky
“I couldn’t find a bone,
I looked and looked and looked and looked
It’s location to me is unknown!”

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But now back to the gorgeous Sir Robin

Sitting aloft in the tree

Feeling so glad of this weather

And waiting patiently for me!

Listen to my wonderful song All warble and tootle and tweet

Listen to my wonderful song
All warble and tootle and tweet

Have you ever ever ever in your long legged life Hear anything half as sweet?

Have you ever ever ever in your long legged life
Heard anything half as sweet?

That’s All!

See Ya

Cecilia the Singing Siskin!

Some days Cecilia gets a faraway look in her eyes

She looks out over the countryside and sits on a branch and decides

What sort of song she should sing  today, quiet or sung with gusto

Perhaps a little melancholic or maybe just plain robusto!

She flies over to a hawthorn tree whose leaves are just coming out She settles herself and stares for a bit

She flies over to a hawthorn tree whose leaves are just coming out She settles herself and stares for a bit before letting it all hang out!

She flies over to a hawthorn tree whose leaves are just coming out
She settles herself and stares for a bit before letting it all hang out!

Today there's no holding back for this bird, she sings with all her heart Who'd ever have known that this sweet siskin gal could get her beak this far apart!

Today there’s no holding back for this bird, she sings with all her heart
Who’d ever have known that this sweet siskin gal could get her beak this far apart!

Cecilia stops and ponders awhile of the beauty of where she is seated She smiles to herself and takes a deep breath for this song must now be completed!

Cecilia stops and ponders awhile of the beauty of where she is seated
She smiles to herself and takes a deep breath for this song must now be completed!

Oh has ever a bird sung so loud or with such enthusiasm It's sad she sounds like scraping rocks and my ears go into spasm!

Oh has ever a bird sung so loud or with such enthusiasm
It’s sad she sounds like scraping rocks and my ears go into spasm!

Oh Cecilia I’m sorry, I think you’re beautiful

But when you open your beak to sing please lower the decibel!

You might think my comments are very rude and quite inexcusable

But when I have my camera you are so irresistible!

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See Ya xx