Sunday, 29 November 2009

Birds



It's not surprising that we saw a lot of birds while we were enjoying our summer holiday in the Outer Hebrides. Of course the puffins were the stars, but sadly not all birds are quiet so distinctive, so there were several we couldn't identify.

This fabulous bird of prey was sitting on a rock just by the side of the road, just feet from the car. He let me take quite a few photos before he decided to fly off:

Buzzard on rockBuzzard in flight

We think he might be a buzzard, but we're not sure. (Clarification for my US readers: click to see a UK buzzard)

My husband and I aren't proper birders - we're not even enthusiastic amateurs, really. Just people who love wildlife, even if we don't know what it's all called! So there are others where we have even less idea... if you know any of these, please tell us.

If, like me, you have no idea, then "ooh, pretty!" is a perfectly valid response. I especially love this first guy (or gal), so elegant with those long legs...

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18 comments:

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Chris always identifies birds by their official names. Beyond sparrow and robin, I generally say "the brown one" or "the little beaky one".

liliannattel said...

Oh pretty! My h knows the names, unlike me, but he's downstairs and I'm here with kids watching Sharkboy and Lavagirl for the umpteenth time.

Chad Zahara said...

I have no idea what birds those are, but they are attractive. Wonderful shots!

Sam said...

I believe the first one to be some type of falcon rather than a buzzard, Rachel. The profile looks much like a type of eagle, but the coloring makes me guess otherwise. If you find out, I certainly would like to know. It's a great pic!

Ellen said...

I LOVE these bird photos. One of my favorite lazy-day things to do is watercolor birds, so these make me ready for a future lazy day. :)

Stopping by from SITS to say "Hello".

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

The top photo is a hawk or eagle but not a buzzard. I am not up on hawks and eagles in the UK so I am not able to name it. All of your bird photos are excellent in quality. I like them, and hope you come upon another hawk soon. That is one magnificent bird.

Dave King said...

Stunning photographs. They show very clearly your love of wild life.

Sebastian said...

Nice birdie photos! I keep meaning to do some -- I have the gear for it -- but... well, I guess I don't have the patience. And there's the whole 'pointing the camera at the right place at the right time' thing.

You are really quite well-travelled by the way... colour me impressed! You... Jackess of all trades!

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lemonologie said...

Wow, these are beautiful photographs.

Thank you for visiting on my SITS day! I know you will enjoy being in this group. There are lots of wonderful people to meet!

kristibonney.wordpress.com said...

I absolutely love these photos! Great shots. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. :)

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Ms Bibi said...

I love your pictures. My older son is a birdwatcher and I love to join him sometimes. I don't have a clue, but he's just happy to share it with me.

Thank you for stopping by

Fly Girl said...

The top one definitely looks like an eagle. The rest look like pretty little birdies that I'd love to see on my own window sill. Great shots!

Missy said...

You captured awesome shots with those birds. I love birds but I can't identify them too :-) I'm not familiar with their names.

Melissa B. said...

We've got hawks and other birds of prey in our neck of the woods, too. They swoop down on my neighbor's ornamental pond and try to snatch the koi. SITS sent me by, and I'm glad they did!

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Carrie said...

Stopping by from SITS! I had to come over when I saw you were blogging about birds. Not sure why, but I love them!

I agree, the top photo is not a buzzard (it would have a bald head, for, you know, scavenging to put it delicately) but probably a hawk. Of course, I call all non-buzzards hawks, but they are very common! Great post!

Emily said...

Thanks for stopping by! And thanks for your concern over my foot. This post is great about the birds. My daughter is heavily into The Green Balloon Club show on Cbeebies and I think they went to an island in the Outer Hebrides...

Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish said...

Love the bird pics...really got some great shots. We are having so much fun spotting birds that are new to us in our new home of Sicily.

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