Watch the Birdie;
Well here is what I came up with for the bird challenge. Nothing unusual here. These are all mainly common birds you would find around water except for the chooks. One of the chooks pictured was at Lake Dulverton where I go for my walks with the dogs. He was sadly dumped there with another rooster. Dumped for being a rooster. I don’t know what became of them. I’m afraid that they were probably killed by other creatures. This sort of thing always makes me very angry. Some kind people were feeding them up till then. A couple of photos are slightly blurred due to the birds moving so quickly. I decided to post them anyway.
Well now we are on to a new group of subjects. I love to photograph birds but it is not easy and not something you can do to order. Well I can’t anyway. No birds have shown up in my garden to be photographed this week. Even the Plover family have deserted me. This afternoon I sat in my garden for an hour or so and I saw what I think was an eagle flying high above me. In the trees I could hear parrots, probably cockatoos, and various little birds chirping away from the safety of the apple tree.
Here are some of my favourite bird photos from the past.
Green or Tasmanian Rosella
“A Wondrous Bird is the Pelican, His Bill holds as much as his belly can.”
Pet show Middleton Fair
These four ducks wandered into my garden.
Out for a stroll with mum or dad.
Yellow Throated Honeyeater Looking in my back door
Juvenile Southern Black Backed Gull
White Ibis – Sydney 2012
Pigeon in Wellington Square Hobart
I was a bit disappointed to reach the letter Z as I was enjoying this alphabet challenge but I am looking forward to the new one. I wonder what it will be. Anyway I came up with all sorts of things for “Z” from the very predictable zoo to the rather unexpected Zara that turned up in one of my photos. I hadn’t planned that one and it’s not even a very good photo. It came in handy today though. Here are my “Z” photos.
My “Z” words are:
- Dizzy Gillespie
- Zebra Crossing
- Z 2 Tram
I’ve spent most of the last few days trying to think of “Z” words but unfortunately I keep thinking of things I can’t photograph or don’t have photographs of like maze, zeppelin and the hole in the ozone layer. In the version of English I was taught we use”s” for a lot of words that Americans use “z” for and I refuse to change my habits. Finally I did come up with a few ideas so here they are.
- Buzz Lightyear
- Blaze in a fire-pot
- Dozy Ducks
- Ford Zephyrs
- Polly zzzz
Buzz Lightyear toy from the Op Shop.
Firepot at dusk
Best to let sleeping ducks lie.
Ford Zephyr at Oatlands
Either a Ford Zephyr or a Zodiac. at the Geeveston Christmas Parade
Polly sleeping or pretending to sleep July 2015.
I didn’t mind having the letter Y for this week as it gave me another excuse to use photos of Toby and Teddy. I had a lovely walk around the town looking for other things to photograph and got one or two good ones. We’ve had some dodgy weather with hot days and strong winds or very wet days. We’ve had the lot in one day. Many people have said to me that you often get four seasons in one day over here and they are quite right but despite that we’ve managed to get out for our walks and I actually got to take some new photos. I love the High Street here in Oatlands. There are so many old and interesting buildings here. Quite a few of the buildings along the High Street are built from sandstone and date back to the 1860’s I think. They are very old anyway but in wonderful condition. Others are of weatherboard. The Pharmacy is a mix of both sandstone and weather board and I always loved the front of this building so I have featured it today. The other photos are a mixture of other Y places and things. All of these photos have the subject ending in the letter “Y”
Word for this challenge are:
- Teddy Bear
My X’s are mostly to do with transportation today. X really marks the spot there. Explorer of the Seas and Celebrity Solstice both have an X in them. Explorer has one in the name while Celebrity Solstice is plastered with the letter X. I took a good one of the funnel some time ago and there is a big X on it. I also found a railway crossing sign in my travels today. I was driving along the rather notorious Mudwalls Road to go to Richmond today and there was just the very thing I needed for the challenge. It was a narrow road and there was a rise and a bend and some deep ditches on the side of the road. You wouldn’t want to put a wheel in one of those I thought to myself. Still I took a bit of a risk and pulled over easing the car on to the verge as carefully as I could so I could get my X photo of the crossing sign. No traffic passed us and we got away without getting side swiped or bogged. Someone driving in the opposite direction probably wondered what that idiot woman in the purple cardigan was trying to do however. I also got a picture of a hotel in Picton New Zealand that has an X in the name from my archives. The blades of the windmill in Oatlands also form a very nice X.
Explorer of the Seas
Oxley’s Rock Hotel
Railway Crossing Sign
Windmill at Oatlands