Friday, 4 April 2014

PICTURE THIS #244 ~ BIRDS

by the skin of my teeth yet again, I made it .............. 


 Very appropriate banner by Randall, 
did that one inspire you Mitch, for this wonderful theme??

As you all know I am an avid birder but every single one of these are taken in my garden. 

They are all taken by my faithful little Canon SX120, the camera with a heart of gold.
I have to admit, I don't enjoy the new Fuji much, 
should have waited for the opportunity of another Canon. 

What I lack for in equipment, maybe a thousand shots and enthusiasm 
and that one lucky streak

AFRICAN HOOPOE
BIRDS Everything that floies, African Hoepoe

CRESTED BARBET
Birds Barbet

LAUGHING DOVE
Birds 14

FEMALE CAPE WEAVER BIRD
  Birds 11


11 comments:

  1. wow! I love that first shot, Marianne! very distinct looking fellow!

    The Crested Barbet looks pretty "dressed up" too. Fancy birds!

    The third one we call a mourning dove here, because it makes a sound like a woman weeping.

    The weaver bird is very pretty.

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    1. Thank you Debby, I always get a kick out of seeing African Hopoe in my garden, they are so very scarce in the suburbs. That Crested Barbet can get very nasty with other birds and vicisious too, have hand reared one, not nice like the other Black-bibbed Barbet we have in the nursery at the moment. Maybe it is a Mourning Dove, will double check to make sure what we call them here. I love our Weaver birds, they are busy with nests all winter and have 4- 6 little wives, this little girl is very special out the aviary, was hand reared.

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  2. Oh, my , Marianne, that first shot is very special. The colors are wonderful. I love how you captured your birds standing out amidst the branches they are in. Just beautiful.

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    1. Thank you so much Benni. Our garden is full of trees, so the best time to be able to catch all the birds with the camera is when no leaves.

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  3. Hi Marianne!! I was hoping you'd post before it was too late, coz I know you have LOTS of great bird shots!! Love all your shots, the Barbet looks a real character, the Dove is handsome and the waver is just lovely, but my fave by far is the Hoopoe. Such colourful characters, and so distinctive. You couldn't mistake one for any other breed of bird!!

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    1. Thank you Mitch, I just simply had such a hectic stupid week, running late with statements and no power all of Monday, to top it, some idiot started a slander post of my beloved Heia, so miss busy body here had to bring in the heavies. I was so worried this afternoon someone would post the new theme. The Hopoe is so very distinct yes and his call too. I am really privileged he likes my garden, maybe the bonemeal and worms I put out for him and the Hadeda Ibis could have something to do with it?

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  4. Marianne these are great. Love the Hopoe's colors, or markings. What c great looking outfit he has. The mourning dove is always fun to see. I have a lot of them around my place. Hearing them coo dawn till dust, is a nice treat each day. THey are always on a date with another Dove. all these shots are really nice. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you so much Randall. Your praise means a lot. :-)

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  5. Beautiful plumage

    Delightful little bird

    Amazing yellow colour

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    1. As always Anders, your lovely comment turns into sweet poetry. *Hugs*

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    2. Hugs back - and you're most welcome,

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