In the morning I heard a woodpecker pecking a tree somewhere in the neighbor’s garden. I quickly went in, grabbed my camera and back out. I still heard him but was unable to spot him. My neighbor was on the porch. I said I so wish I would be able to shoot a couple of photos. But, the sound disappeared. In the afternoon my neighbor called. She said, go look, there now are two woodpeckers. She was right. The two of them picking insects on the ground. I hope they will be back tomorrow or in a near future and I will be able to shoot better photos.
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.
It’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.
Four 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.
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.