Tag Archives: birds

Goose family

Sunday 5th June 2022, 5.00pm (day 3,937)

Goose family, 5/6/22

These geese were behaving just like a human family. The little ones dashed hither and thither while the parents tried to keep up, looking concerned. I like the way, on this shot, the parents seem to have merged into one, only the bizarrely extended neck of the one in the rear makes it properly visible. Amazing to think that the little balls of golden fluff will become just like Mom and Dad in a relatively short space of time.

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Blackbirds pose

Thursday 3rd February 2022, 11.15am (day 3,815)

Two blackbirds, 3/2/22

The guys give it the “mean and moody, but still cute” look, as if they are modelling for the blackbird version of a Hugo Boss ad. A shame this one is a little out of focus, but I couldn’t persuade them to repeat the pose, sorry.

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The mynah birds check me out

Wednesday 10th November 2021, 2.40pm (day 3,730)

I’m in quarantine, meaning I know that for another week, I can photograph only what is within, or seen from, the house I occupy. It’s a very nice house, with a superb view, but still, I have pretty much already worked out what shots might be worth trying, and will just have to pick my way through them, in a kind of drip-feed way. For a start, I am not putting up the view just yet, because today was cloudy, and there’s no sense blowing that one until the light is at its best.

Therefore, we’ll start today with some of the local fauna. My talents as a naturalist are not great but I’m 99% sure these are mynah birds — if they’re not, they’re doing a damn good impression of them. The one on the right fluffs himself up dramatically, as they check out the new human on the block.

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The flock works out

Wednesday 27th October 2021, 11.30am (day 3,716)

Many pigeons, 27/10/21

The community of pigeons that live in Hebden Bridge town centre sometimes act as one, particularly when it comes to their group callisthenics. They take off en masse, circle round for a while, then all land again. This flock was so large that here you see both the ones nearby, and those in the distance, already further round the circuit. Military exercises spring to mind — the ducks must be worried.

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Geese crossing

Wednesday 20th October 2021, 11.50am (day 3,709)

Geese crossing, 20/10/21

The second day in a row to feature a pic of birds asserting their rights over human-designed territory. These geese had decided they were crossing the main road in Hebden Bridge this morning, and that’s just the way it was. In the end, the woman in the dungarees saw them safely to the other side.

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Pigeon bouncers

Tuesday 19th October 2021, 1.30pm (day 3,708)

Pigeon bouncers, 19/10/21

Seen in St John’s Gardens, Manchester. This used to be a cemetery, hence the existence of this decorative cross in the middle, and obviously it’s a good vantage point to keep an eye on humans eating their lunch around the garden (as I was at this point). The impression given by these three pigeons, particularly the butch one on the right, is of nightclub bouncers, ready to pounce on any slight infraction of behaviour.

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Jay and Silent Bob

Monday 23rd August 2021, 1.45pm (day 3,651)

Jay and Silent Bob, 23/8/21

Further proof, if proof was needed (see also this shot) that the provision of fake owls throughout the country has not only failed to deter other birds, but that they may in fact encourage other avian life in attempts to befriend them. Jay the gull admires Bob’s taciturnity as they keep an eye on the pickings available from the local fishing fleet.

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Know Thy Place

Tuesday 27th July 2021, 1.25pm (day 3,624)

Pigeons on mill, 27/7/21

“There’s not enough room up here. You’ll have to stay down there.”

“Ah, come on you jobsworth. Look, Bob’s up there and he’s not even grey.”

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Pigeon’s-eye view

Tuesday 6th July 2021, 3.05pm (day 3,603)

The Hebden pigeon population is well trained, and anyone who simply sits on a park bench for a few moments of contemplation (as I did this afternoon around 3pm) will soon find themselves the object of curious, food-related enquiries from the local birdlife. Feeling in need of a new approach, I tried putting my camera down amongst them at ground level and (not wishing to join everyone down there myself) firing off the shutter at random a few times. This was the best of the shots that resulted. But it may also be a sign that I need to get out of Hebden a bit more.

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Rule 1: Follow mother

Monday 24th May 2021, 3.20pm (day 3,560)

Duck and ducklings, 24/5/21

Have I yet done 2021’s duckling/gosling pic? No? Well, here you are then. These balls of fluff can get up to a decent speed in the water, you have to give them that.

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