Friday, 16 August 2019

16/08/2019 A few rushed photos as very busy here.

Common wood pigeon (Columba palumbus) looking at an interesting stick...

Hmmm maybe I would like this....

Yes, this could be useful I will take it away.....

Nest building in August?, maybe he knows something I don't!!!

Great tit (Parus major).

House sparrows (Passer domesticus) taking a bath.

House sparrow (Passer domesticus) female.

I will be away for the next fortnight plus, see you when I return. Sadly not birding!!

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Sunday, 11 August 2019

Here and there!

My friend Christelle is taking photos at the present time in Botswana and these are a few of her shots, but not to be totally outdone, there are four at the end taken in and around our garden in France.

Burchell's coucal (Centropus burchellii)...

as above...

As above.

Crested francolin (Dendroperdix sephaena).

African darter (Anhinga rufa), sometimes called the snakebird...

as above...

As above.

The White-browed robin-chat (Cossypha heuglini), also known as Heuglin's robin.

White-crowned lapwing, white-headed lapwing, white-headed plover or white-crowned plover (Vanellus albiceps)...

See above.

Back home in France not to be outdone by the above....

Common wood pigeon (Columba palumbus) on the house roof...

as above on the cable over the house.

Little Owl (Athene noctua) on the neighbour's barn, the moon was just an extra bonus...

A slightly closer look.


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Thursday, 1 August 2019

The return of the Little Owl

Little Owl (Athene noctua) returns to the barn roof.

Ignoring me...

Completely!

I then returned to the house and wondered if I could see it from the kitchen window. Hey presto, there it was as close as I have ever seen it. I was also delighted to see a Barn swallow, (Hirundo rustica).  I have been concerned as there just seems to have been none around this year.

Watching me watching you..

I just love this bird.

Ignoring me yet again. 😉


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Saturday, 27 July 2019

27/07/2019 Too hot for the birds this week in France so a return visit to Botswana

Photos taken in Botswana by Patrick Miller, my thanks go to him for allowing me to use them on my blog.

Yellow-billed hornbill (Tockus leucomelas)...

 As above...

As above.

Southern ground hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri).  Yes, they spend a lot of time on the ground, but they do fly and they do roost in trees.

Crested Francolin (Francolinus sephaena)

Swainson’s francolin (Pternistis swainsonii)

African jacana (Actophilornis africanus)

Pale chanting goshawk (Melierax canorus).

Lesser grey shrike (Lanius minor)

African darter (Anhinga rufa)

African pied wagtail (Motacilla aguimp)

I will be in South Africa in October and November and during that time I will not be blogging,  I hope though to return with many new photos 😉

Posts will also be a bit sparce when we have visitors for 3 weeks as from 18 August.

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Friday, 19 July 2019

19/07/2019 Its been a good week for birds in the garden.......


A young Eurasian blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) trying to work out what water was for...


Getting its feet wet...

Inspecting this strange liquid...

splish splash...

Still not too sure.

A young common blackbird (Turdus merula) also experimenting...

Looking around...

Maybe it looks better this way up...

After checking out the next bowl of water it just gave up!

Then along comes a young Great tit (Parus major)...

taking a look...

hopping about...

and finally giving up.  Think this is a young female.

A common wood pigeon (Columba palumbus) looked in.

Of course, the House sparrow (Passer domesticus) looked in - male...

and female.

and then to make my week this evening the Little Owl (Athene noctua) turned up on our barn roof again



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