Friday, 8 September 2017

The Old Lighthouse

After this weekend I will be taking a break, as we are going to the algarve for a couple of months holiday. I have fallen behind with my visits, but will try to visit everyone who made a comment on my last post before we leave.  Happy blogging everyone, but most of all, I hope you are safe wherever you are.



 

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Gulls, Garden Flowers and visitors.

In May this year this Yellow Legged Gull was perched on our roof most mornings, but then, I did throw it a few scraps of toast to keep it happy.
Some garden flowers, a lizard, butterflies, a bug, and as many shots as I
could find of the gulls, but unfortunately I didn't take very many this year.



 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 



 


 


 


 


 


 

A FENCE FOR GOSIA'S  MEME "FENCES AROUND THE WORLD"

 
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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Algarve and Stonechats


A family gathering! All these shots were taken from the car window, after a shower.
 

The bird on the post was very vocal. I wonder what all the noise was all about! The other birds tweeted back.
 

Perhaps he was the youngest wanting to be fed! He flew from post to post, tweeting very loudly, but the other birds stayed put.
 

The sky looked like there were more showers to come, only good weather for ducks, not for taking photos.
 

Young female Stonechat.
 

The same vocal youngster. After taking this shot, it did start raining, so reluctantly we went home.

 

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Monarch Butterfly, Goats and White Pigeon.

It's been some time since I have posted a fence or gate, for Gosia's meme Fences Around The World, and I'm not even sure this ever was part of one, but when I saw this unloved discarded frame, that's what I'll call it, I decided to give it some space on my blog. There were other metal scraps dumped in a hole nearby, which I would never have seen, if I hadn't been chasing a Monarch Butterfly, which led me a merry dance through knee high flowers. Some goats, and a pigeon with all white plumage were my next finds.



 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 
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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Two Hoopoes

This is the follow up post to the Hoopoe post. As we were about to call it a day, another Hoopoe flew to the side of the one I had been photographing.


NOW THAT THERE WERE TWO HOOPOES, WE HAD TO FALL BACK A BIT.
 

IT WAS MORE DIFFICULT TO FOCUS ON TWO HOOPOES ON THE MOVE.
 

HERE, YOU CAN JUST MAKE OUT, THAT ONE HOOPOE HAS SOMETHING IN IT'S BEAK.
 

WHICH IS OFFERED TO THE OTHER.
 

THEIR CONSTANT HEAD BOBBING AND CHANGE OF DIRECTION, WAS CHALLENGING.
 

MORE OF THE SAME,.....JUST SCROLL DOWN QUICKLY!!
 

SORRY GUYS, BUT YOU ARE NOT DOING ANYTHING, VERY INTERESTING.:)
 

AH! HERE YOU ARE SYNCHRONIZED!
 

I'M SHOWING ALL THE PHOTOS I TOOK, BUT THEY ARE NEARLY FINISHED NOW, SO BEAR WITH ME!
 

ANOTHER FIND, PROBABLY A CATERPILLAR.
 

I'M NOT SURE IF I WAS PHOTOGRAPHING A PAIR OF HOOPOES, M and F, OR A FEMALE WITH HER OFFSPRING.
 

OFF THEY WENT UP THE ROAD.
 

AND WE FINALLY CALLED IT A DAY, A VERY GOOD DAY.:)
 
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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Squirrels and Jays

As I haven't yet edited the pair of Hoopoes we saw, here are a few squirrel captures I made a couple of weeks ago. It is not a Portuguese custom to feed birds, unless it's bread for the ducks in our ponds. Therefore there is a limited supply of attractive bird feeders. The only ones available are the little wooden boxes, some of you may have seen in my posts. I just use anything, for the birds and for the squirrels. Here I've used a heavy glass plate,...so it wouldn't break, or be knocked off the table. At first the birds were wary,...but not the squirrels!  They hogged the table, establishing their dominance in the pecking order, and the Jays were next. Of course I refilled the plate after they had left, for the smaller birds, and then settled back in my hide again to watch them.



WE HAVE A COUPLE OF OLD BENCHES STACKED NEAR THE TABLE, WAITING TO BE DISMANTLED,
 

AND MADE INTO FIRE WOOD, AND THE SQUIRRELS JUMP FROM HERE TO THE TABLE.
 

THIS YOUNG SQUIRREL AND THE ONE ABOVE ARE ONE AND THE SAME.
 

THIS SQUIRREL JUMPED FROM THE TREE BEHIND,...
 

AND SO DID THIS ONE.
 

ANOTHER SQUIRREL, CHOSE A PEANUT, WENT TO EAT IT ELSEWHERE, AND RETURNED THREE TIMES.
 

THIS LITTLE SQUIRREL STAYED A LONG TIME, EATING THE SUNFLOWER SEEDS.
 

I TOOK THIS SHOT FROM OUR PATIO DOORS,...
 

AND THIS ONE.
 

THIS SQUIRREL AND THE NEXT ARE ONE AND THE SAME.
 

IT HAD SUCH A SWEET FACE.
 

A JAY ABOUT TO DRINK WATER FROM AN OLD DISH.
 

THE JAYS ARE USED TO SEEING MY BESPOKE HIDE.
 

AS I LEAVE IT OUTSIDE ALL SUMMER, BUT THEY HAVE NO IDEA I'M INSIDE.
 

IT'S SUCH FUN TO OBSERVE OUR GARDEN VISITERS THIS WAY.
 

MY MADE TO MEASURE HIDE. AMERICO HAD THE FRAME MADE...
 

AND I MADE THE COVER FROM AN OLD SHEET. I ZIP IT UP AT NIGHT TO KEEP THE INSECTS OUT.
 
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