Category Archives: birds

Erithacus Rubecula

European Robin. Also called Robin redbreast or just Robin. They are back after spending the winter in the southern Europa. I saw a flock of about 8-10 of them. When I came they all flew away. I slowly took my camera from the bag and waited. After about 10 minutes the first one came back. He sat on a branch and stared at me for a good while. Then flew to the next branch, which was more close to me, and sat there for a while. Then also the others came back. They all began to look for something to eat. The first brave one moved even one more step closer to me. Now I was able to take some photos. I still waited for him to, perhaps, come a couple of more meters closer. But he didn’t. I wish I had a 600 mm lens but, my 300 has to do. Also I wish I had had the tripod but, I quite often am too lazy to take it with me.

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The spring is here !

Today is the first real spring day in my mind. Plus 10 degrees Celsius. Swans, Canadian geese and ducks enjoyed the small water puds in the lake. I think the ice will be gone by the end of the week. Checked the temperature, it’s actually + 14 C.

Barnacle Geese

Barnacle Geese IMG_6185CBarnacle Geese IMG_6191CIt’s still quite warm here. But, the birds know it’s time to migrate. Already for days we have, daily, both seen and heard flocks of hundreds of geese migrate. They usually stop to eat and rest in the nearby field. Same field where the cranes have stayed for a couple of weeks. On Wednesday, on the way home from the supermarket, we stopped just to take a couple of photos. In the photo also are the four cranes and a few Canada geese  but they are hard to spot as they stayed far further down the field.

Cranes

Cranes IMG_6064CCCranes IMG_6076CCCranes IMG_6112CCranes IMG_6115CFour cranes in the grain field. Once again I wish I had had a super zoom lens. Unfortunately I don’t but it doesn’t stop me from photographing. These needed rough cropping and are what they are. I think, despite the poor quality, the cranes look quite nice walking in the grain field.

Sparrows & Flying Ants

I’m not sure do the flying ants appear here every summer.  When they do they always disappear as quickly as they appear, usually this time of the year. On Tuesday there was many and the sparrows were so excited that they hardly noticed us being there too. They ate and ate. In the evening there were no more ants with wings.

European Goldfinch

European goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) Steglits, TikliEuropean goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) Steglits, TikliOriginal photo above, cropped of the same below.European goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) Steglits, TikliOn the 20th of July I saw this cute, colourful small bird sitting on a flowered thistle. I have a bird book and learned it’s an European goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis). I was not happy with the picture from the 20th because it’s blurry. I went back for six days hoping to have a new chance to shoot more photos, better photos. Then on the 26th there he was. One click and he flew away. I still hope to spot him one more time to, hopefully, be able to have the possibility take a better profile photo.