Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday 124 - Robin

When I was back in the UK one of the things I really enjoyed was catching up with the kinds of birds I used to see around my house everyday.  Nowadays I see Australian Magpies and two or threes species of parrot most days, along with a few introduced birds. So, seeing robins, tits, finches and warblers was a real treat.

What surprised me when I got back home to Australia was how few pictures I had taken of these 'domestic' species - at least part of the reason for that is that I often saw them when I was sat in a garden (beer or otherwise) and I was not in photographic mode!

So, in celebration of the common and the everyday, I give you a Robin from the UK.  This is a common, and trusting species, in the UK.  As far as I am aware this species is much less domesticated in the rest of Europe.

As you will notice if you are not from Europe this is not the bird you call a robin - presumably the robins in other parts of the world gained this name via the possession of a red breast rather than a shared evolutionary history.

Anyway - this rather obliging bird stayed still enough form me to photograph it, even if it did have a fondness for the shadows of a hedge.

And now it is over to you - click the blue button to link in with WBW and off your go!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

The Things They Left Behind 3 - Heatherlie Quarry

This post continues from yesterdays - this old quarry site was abandoned  and reopened on a number of occasions, but today its story is told mainly by the equipment that was left behind.

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

Monday, 24 November 2014

Mantis Orchid

Orchids are such strange plants that they are almost irresistibly photogenic.

As far as I can tell, this is a Mantis Orchid - Caladenua tentacular  - but given the ability of these types of plants to interbreed and hybridise it could be anything.

This plant was growing at Heatherlie Quarry, one of my favourite orchid watching locations in the Grampians.

You can find more macro shots at Macro Monday2 and I Heart Macro.  SM

Friday, 21 November 2014

Ancient Sky - with a flock of pigeons.

A quick thank you for all the comments over the last week - normal service is about to resume!

This is a shot I took at Stonehenge earlier in the year, and I really liked the flock of pigeons.  Unfortunately, they did just a single fly-past and headed for the horizon!

But I like it none the less.

You can find more skies and less pigeons (look at about 3 o'clock on the picture) at Skywatch Friday.