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Underway at last.

Posted Thursday 5th January 2012 at 11:50 by Denny Woodthorpe
Well, I have at last started to do some photography again. As I write this, the camera is set up outside, focused on a perch near the feeders. I have two flash guns working as slave flash and I am operating the camera from inside the conservatory by remote shutter.
It is extremely windy and it keeps raining, but everything is inside plastic bags and a rain sleeve.
So far I have got just one phot - of a goldfinch. Trouble is, it is slightly out of focus. I am focussing manually on...
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Killymarley. December 2011. Missing birds.

Posted Wednesday 4th January 2012 at 16:11 by Monahawk
A couple of months back I mentioned how I missed the local snipes here. Well apart from that one sighting in October of 3 birds flying over my house, I have not seen any here since. I carefully watched a hunter in a local bog the other day to see if he would flush any up, he flushed up absolutely nothing. Apart from the lack of breeding snipe, it crossed my mind that two other species have vanished as a result of last years Arctic winter.
Up until last winter at least two pairs of grey wagtails...
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Back again.

Posted Thursday 29th December 2011 at 14:45 by Denny Woodthorpe
Is it really 10 months since I posted to this blog?
Is it really 10 months since I did much bird photography?
Well, I'm determined to put all that right over the next few weeks.
As I write this, my daughter and family have gone back to Belgium after spending Christmas with us, and the place seems very quiet. Not only the house, but the garden seems very quiet also. I do not have many birds visiting the feeders this winter. A few Goldfinches, one solitary greenfinch and the usual...
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Has anyone else had a break from Birding?

Posted Wednesday 28th December 2011 at 12:58 by ambling artist
I was a keen birdwatcher when I was young and Wow how things have moved on since then - I think it is probably quite common for 'would be' Birders to become distracted or consumed by the 'Trials of Life' the internet has brought a new perspective to Birding for me and has certainly helped me 'brush up' on, what I now realize was just, school Boy Knowledge and opened my mind to just how much I still have to learn

I think I am now Keener than ever!

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My Garden Bird Feeding Station

Posted Saturday 17th December 2011 at 15:25 by Tanny
One of my favourite winter visitors arrived today, he dived into the garden just like he did last winter, first he had a nibble of the cake then one or two beak-full of apple, then up onto the piracantha and ate a couple of the Mountain Ash berries that I had attached to the plant. I picked those berries in October when they were ripe and placed them in my freezer for the winter birds.
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