Thursday, 18 December 2014

Feral Pigeon.


The Feral Pigeon (Columba livia domestica) originates from the wild Rock Dove and is a widespread resident of our towns, cities and parks.

Due to the high density populations in urban areas they are often considered a nuisance but possibly no worse than a large flock of Canada Geese or the very noisy Ring-necked Parakeets!

Feral Pigeons can be found on every continent except Antarctica and their plumage has a multitude of different colours, including metallic greens, bronzes and purples on the neck, as well as exquisite wing patterns but the 'Blue-bar' version is almost identical to the 'pure' ancestral Rock Dove.  FAB.

Linking to Saturday's Critters

Monday, 17 November 2014

Rear Views.



Sometimes you shoot whatever is on offer. In this instance just the rear views of Fallow Deer, hinds and a fawn, during a wander around Bushy Park.  FAB.

Linking to NATURE NOTES hosted by Michelle.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Coal Tit.


The colder temperatures at this time of year often bring additional species into the garden to take advantage of a free meal at one of the feeders including this Coal Tit (Periparus ater).

This tiny Tit constantly flitted around the branches above the feeder making the 'watcher' work hard for a few reasonable images.
  
Linking to I'D-Rather-B-Birdin'.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Male Tufted Duck.


Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday with a few recent shots of a male Tufted Duck.




Friday, 24 October 2014

Female Tufted Duck.


Most ducks usually head for the safety of the water if you get too close but this female Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) decided the lens wasn't a real threat.

She constantly kept her beady little yellow eye on the 'watcher'.

For a brief moment some action on the water caught her attention but she very quickly settled down again.

All images taken handheld with the 450D and 70-300mm lens. FAB.

Linking to Camera Critters, Saturday's Critters and I'D-Rather-B-Birdin'.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Grey Heron.


In most locations where I encounter a Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) they are very flighty and don't allow a close approach. More recently I have had much better experiences with several individuals in Bushy Park where they are far more tolerant of human movements.

This week one individual was on sentry duty but later flew down to allow some rewarding close photos.


Linking to Camera CrittersSaturday's Critters and I'D-Rather-B-Birdin' FAB.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Black-tailed Godwit.


To compliment the post on my main blog I'm sharing a few more images of the Black-tailed Godwits (Limosa limosa) that I watched feeding and preening inside the North Wall at Pagham Harbour on the weekend.


These birds are slowly changing from their colourful full summer plumage into their plain grey winter garb.

Linking to WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY.