THE RAMBLINGS OF A STRUGGLING ARTIST ON LIFE WITH TWO TERRIERS, A PONY WITH ISSUES AND OTHER WILDLIFE AND BIRDS THAT CROSS OUR PATH

17 June 2014

BACK TO REALITY - WITH SERIOUS UNDER-EDITING


Over two weeks since we got back form Scotland and I have a MASSIVE backlog of photos to edit having documented our trip in three hits. I really have tried to cut them down and have, from 264 to 40-something, but there's always so much I want to show you. As far as Nikon vs. Fuji is concerned, I'm a convert. Sorry Fuji. I can't believe the Nikon has picked up all the flies around the Buzzard I took in a tree last week; I didn't even know they were there and tried to clean them off the computer screen thinking OB had been mucking it up again. I'll put these in categories......birds first. A few more of that Buzzard at 7.30am.



And a different Buzzard on a cloudier day:


Kestrel scanning the landscape from Middle Tor:


Meadow Pipit hovering:


Sparrow at the feeding station


Female GS Woodpecker:


Feeding frenzy:


Blue Tit; aren't those feathers amazing?



Magpie:


Siskin with a feather that needs pulling out:


Sparrow juvenile alone......


..........then there were two......


....then three:


Meadow Pipit. I just love photographing them:


A new foal:


Number 3 playing with this year's first foal, Will:


The latest foal, Dot. I hope the black dot remains:


Sleeping in the sun up at Kestor:


Another new one since going away, Zorro:




Diamond:


Scut sleeping early one Sunday morning:


Number 3 punching above his weight. He attempted to mount this very large mare......it didn't go well for him:


Diamond again with his mum:


Scut and Jack:


Diamond scratching.....a lot:




A bit of landscape before.....


Some sheep and lambs:


Including these twins and their mum:



At about 4.30pm last week when going up to feed Trigger, I disturbed this Roe Doe feeding in the long grass. She stopped at the field boundary for a minute before bounding off:



I caught this beetle (possibly a Dor Beetle?) just as it opened its wing casings to fly off:


Speckled Wood:


Sunshine makes everything in the garden look beautiful. Columbines:


Geranium Phaeum:


More Columbines:


So much seems to have happened over the last couple of weeks and I will catch up eventually. It's OB's sports day tomorrow which he isn't looking forward to as usual. He's qualified for the high jump again this year, but by default since two children were away. Not as glorious as last year and straight in cold tomorrow after 12 months not doing it. I have so much stuff I need to do and seem to be chasing my tail all the time. On a positive note, OB's Great Ormond Street Hospital appointment has come through for July 10th so we'll have to stay overnight and take him out of school for a couple of days. 

Better get on. Only an hour and a half before bed and I have so much STUFF to do. So, until next time, where more restraint might be shown in the photo department, here are the dogs back on their patch. have a good rest of the week and welcome to some new followers!



53 comments:

  1. Terrific pictures. We would call the buzzard a hawk. Pretty intense bird what ever he is called.

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    1. That is a very intense look isn't it?

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  2. Amazing so many great shots! The detail is as awesome, those flies round the buzzard & the close up feather detail so clear!
    The 3 sparrows is my favourite!

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    1. I like those three sparrows too Jenny.

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  3. Like turning the pages in a picture book. Lovely.

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  4. Well this was a treat ~ I was so enjoying these photos ...
    I wanted it to just keep going on and on !
    That beetle brought "Scarabs" to mind although I know full well it is not one.

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    1. I agree about the scarabs. It was actually very small in the grass - pure luck as I pressed the shutter button!

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  5. Your lack of 'restraint' in the photo department suits me just fine. The high definition in some of those photos is delightfully realistic. In the case of the beetle I'm glad it isn't as large in life as it appears on my screen. I expect your new camera--and your skill with it--could even capture our hummingbirds as they zoom around the feeder.

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  6. The new camera is really working well. Great shots, especially the close ups of the birds. And I'm really going to have to come up and see some of those foals.
    Good news on GOSH.

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    1. Funnily enough, I remembered what you said about your plant photos and not using the macro and I've been doing the same. The GOSH hospital thing is all a bit quicker than we expected so I'm in a panic of searching for cheap train tickets that don't seem to exist.

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  7. What a fabulous set of photos .... please throw all restraint to the ends and give us more! Your shutter speed must be incredible to give those beetle wings the clarity and definition. Can you tell me what the camera is - and how difficult it is to learn to use it please. We've got a month's trip to South America coming up and I'm wondering if I shouldn't take the plunge - I've point-and-shoot camera at the moment. We're spending three days at the Iguaza Falls which have a bird sanctuary too. What do you think?

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    1. The camera is a Nikon Coolpix P600.....would highly recommend it!

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    2. Thanks Em. I've just looked it up, and it gets high recommendations, and I think I can stretch to the price - I feared it would be in the four figure bracket, as you're taking such breath-taking shots with it. Loved the pictures of the foal scratching - made me feel all itchy!

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    3. On Amazon here the one I got (with case and 32GB memory card) was £319.99....I don't know if that's the same kind of price you're looking at?

      http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nikon-COOLPIX-P600-Digital-Camera/dp/B00IJX30XY/ref=sr_1_8?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1403188333&sr=1-8&keywords=nikon+coolpix+p600

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  8. The beetle was gorgeous. ;-)

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    1. As I said to Willow it was pure fluke that I pressed the button at that moment.

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  9. Wow gorgeous photos. The lamb looks so clean and white!!

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    1. Wasn't he amazing? And so fluffy too.

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  10. Your Buzzard looks like a hawk to me unless I am missing something.
    The buzzards in America look very different.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Just different names Parsnip - it's very confusing. I remember someone from the US saying what we call a Marsh Harrier, you call a Marsh Hawk and there are so many other examples. Our Buzzards can be huge - wing span of 45-51 inches.....I don't know if that's the same as your Hawk?

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  11. Always outstanding photos! Love the magpie and bluetit. I have to laugh at Jack -- he has such an attitude!

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    1. He's proving a bit of a nightmare at the moment Chris and we're more and more sure he was hit before we got him - so fearful, particularly of men.

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  12. wow fantastic photos, so many favourites it's difficult to know which to choose, but the hovering pipit and the blue tit are just beautiful.

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    1. I like that Pipit, even if it is blurred!

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  13. Fab photos - the DETAIL with your new camera is amazing. LOVE the Aquilegia (but then I would, wouldn't I, having a gardenfull). Great bird photos, but I think the foals are my favourites, especially itchy-scatchy Diamond.

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    1. I'm having real problems stopping the columbines falling over when they get really established and big; any tips??? Isn't that little diamond lovely? Some great markings this year.

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  14. Wonderful photos - you must be over the moon with your new camera. The buzzard is brilliant and love all the foals. So glad OB's hospital appointment has come through.

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    1. Thanks RR - we're very glad too as we were about to go into hassling mode again!

      I am very much over the moon with the camera even though I'm struggling with the manual focus option which I was hoping would solve what I now refer to as ' the snow bunting syndrome' where the autofocus refuses to work and you end up with a picture of a blurry mess.

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  15. Great shot of the hovering pipit. x

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    1. I just wish it wasn't as blurry but it would take a few more hundreds of pounds to get that I think! x

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  16. It's always such a treat for me,visiting to see what glorious shots you have for us to enjoy!
    Jane x
    PS Thanks for the magpie!!

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    1. Always think of you when I take them Jane! x

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  17. As ever, perfect photographs, particularly of those pretty little foals. The only thing I know about the Dor Beetle is that if you turn it over it is purple underneath.

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    1. Ah - I'll try that next time I see one - thanks Pat.

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  18. WOW 1 = amazing photos!!
    WOW2 = great restraint indeed!!

    You and the new camera are obviously getting on really well Em, the photos that you are taking are fantastic, the birds are stunning, I love the hovering meadow pipit, that really is wonderful.

    I hope that the GOSH appt goes well for you all and also that OB does well at sports day! xx

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    1. he did great - third in the sprint again!

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  19. I loved your Scotland posts but it nice to see wonderful Dartmoor again! Glad your appointment has come through for OB. Sarah x

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    1. Thanks Sarah. I do miss Scotland but not as much as I miss here when I'm away from it.

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  20. Love these photos. What an amazing collection. I must say though, that photo of Scut and Jack takes the cake. That belongs in a frame :-)

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    1. Both so interested! Thanks for visiting and hope to see you again.....virtually speaking.

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  21. I'm glad you didn't edit out any of them - I enjoyed every one! Especially the foals, of course.
    Like you, when I saw the dots on the first photo, I thought my screen was dirty. It often is.

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    1. Thescreen germs must be enough to kill a small village. I clean it sometimes but usually forget!

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  22. Welcome to the world of Nikon Em! Seldom do I take a picture that I don't find something later in processing that I completely missed when composing the photo. As a biologist, Nikon has availed me to a whole new, refreshing way of seeing the world that now compels me to take pictures! Beware for I think you have the 'bug.' I shot 1375 frames on a recent trip to British Columbia. :)

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    1. I can't believe it took me so long but they are considerably more expensive.....deservedly so. thank goodness for 50th birthdays!

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    2. Congratulations on your 50th. No better present deserved for an artist like you. You will never regret drinking the Nikon cool aid. :) Your male stonechat is gorgeous.

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    3. It's a revelation every day Mark. I'm so delighted with it. Imagine what a REALLY good one would be like!

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  23. Hi Em
    I love your animal photos. They are so beautiful... and yes the feathers from the blue tit are stunning :o). Where in Scotland have you been. Last year we were at Lochcarron and three years ago in the district of Five. I love Scotland... well to be honest, I love all of the UK :o). Hope to be back next year for holidays, but I guess then it will be Wales... we will see.
    Hihi, I called my tomcat red bunny, because he held his paws the way my bunnies do it sometimes.
    Have a lovely evening
    Alex

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    1. We went to Lochgoilhead which is about half an hour from the top of Loch Lomond. Wales is a lot easier to get to for us with spectacular scenery. We may see you there! Red Bunny is a great name Alex. x

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    2. Hehe... it's not his name, he is called "Noah" (because when he found us, we had already, one cat and two bunnies and the arch was full after we adopted him). He just looked on that picture like a bunny ;o).

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  24. So many wonderful photos it's hard to know where to start!

    Gorgeous of the buzzard although here we call it a hawk. The Nikkon is wonderful! I know when I got my new Canon I was thrilled with how much better it was than my old camera. The detail on the birds are great. Love the Magpie!

    What beautiful photos of the foals and lambs. Great drawing references for you!

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    1. I'm tempted to draw the Buzzard actually but I'll see. It's funny how our names differ from one side of the pond to the other.

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