Rare and native birds are exciting, but plain old house sparrows still put a smile on my face too. this was one of a group hanging around a cafe in arrowtown, angling for crumbs and catching rays of the finest afternoon sun.
Where’s my royalty then? 💰 .
♥️ robins adorn nearly every christmas card here! what makes them so perfect for this festive season? well, postmen in victorian britain were nicknamed “robins” because of their red-breasted coloured uniforms. so the robin on the christmas card came to represent the postman who delivered the card! but hey, their b*****s are orange - but you see, they were named before we had a word for orange which came in the c16th after the fruit made it to our land! (erithacus rubecula uk 🇬🇧)
♥️ this is robbie in my garden on the dried out hollyhock stems, checking me out, checking him out! they are one of the friendliest or birds - british robins are famous for their tameness, but apparently this contrasts with their behaviour on the continent, where they are shy and generally unapproachable. how strange is that?! . #cowpi32@bbcearth @wildgeography
Watching this juvenile #gull undisturbed by the crashing #waves, i did have to wonder if it was calculated or stupidity. i don't think i'd have risked it, the stones the #sea was flinging up with each wave really highlighted its power!
Beach week got a bit derailed as life got in the way, but i have two more photos to share as part of the series. this is a great cormorant which i love because it shows off the bold colours of the day. how great is the colour of that water? 😱 fun fact: this is the most widely distributed of the cormorant species so i didn’t have to go all the way to australia to see it! i could have visited the east coast of north america, or europe, asia, africa.
Great black hawk!!!!! the furthest i’ve ever chased to see a bird, and @skipmilan1 and i did so for good reason: this bird is a resident to central and south america, and this bird represents the first record of the species in the united states! this bird has been observed unreliably on the coast of maine back in august and into the fall, eventually disappearing for some time. last thursday, it finally reappeared and hunkered down at @deeringoakspark in portland where it has been running wild on squirrels. it was a long trip to see it, but with views like this, the juice was definitely worth the squeeze! digiscoped with an iphone 8 plus, @phoneskope, and swarovski scope.