Friday, 22 July 2016

Hot Air

Inspired by politicians of all persuasions - hot air drifting on the wind, with little real control and a good deal of expense.  And I am sure, from up there everything looks fine and dandy!

You can find more sky shots at Sky Watch Friday.  SM

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Wild Bird Wednesday 208 - Grey Shrike-Thrush

Back on home turf for this weeks WBW.

I think everyone has birds that they have trouble seeing - or in this case photographing.  I have struggled (with no good reason) to get anything resembling decent pictures of Grey Shrike-Thrush.  This is not because it is rare, or lives in the depths of a dark and dismal swamps with not light, its just that I did not seem to get decent pictures of this species.

So, when I was out for a morning wander at The Prom a couple of weeks ago I was pleased to encounter this bird.  I think it may have been looking for food from me, as it was hopping around a BBQ area.  I had to disappoint it!

The Grey Shrike-Thrush (Colluricincla harmonica) is about 22-26 cm long and its behaviour (at least on the ground) reminds me of a Song Thrush or a Blackbird.  The common name is a great example of one that makes no real sense, as the bird in neither Shrike nor Thrush.  However, in this case I can see the similarity to Thrushes, and the "shrike" bit comes from the birds powerful beak.  The 'harmonica' part of the formal name refers to the birds musical ability - which is very high.  I always think of the word 'silver' when I hear their ringing call.

One of the reasons I like this bird is that it manages to be magnificent without being colourful.

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Eastern Grey Kangaroo - Wilsons Promontory

One of the reasons I love going to The Prom in the winter is that the wildlife seems to be a bit more visible - and humans are often few and far between.  Thats the kind of place I like.

I took a later afternoon / early evening drive while I was down there and happened upon the group of young Eastern Grey Kangaroos.  They were rather obliging!

Not too many places in the world this could be really!

You can find more shots from around the world at Our World Tuesday.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Wild Bird Wednesday 207 - Lapwing

This week continues the theme of birds that rely on damp grasslands for breeding.  As a kid I would have called these birds Peewits and they were a (reasonably) common sight on ploughed fields and on the permanent grasslands on the Mendips.  Today, they are not so abundant.

Technically I think these birds are now called Northern Lapwings, and enjoy a double barrelled scientific name - Vanellus vanellus.

You may not be surprised to find out that these pictures were taken on Orkney in Scotland.

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