Monday, 1 March 2010

Eating Out Of His Hand



Last weekend, I went to London to watch the Olympics. Two years early, you might think, but this actually wasn't one of my more absent-minded moments. The Winter Olympics may be in Vancouver, but we went to London to watch TV with a friend. (Did I mention we don't have a TV at home?) I'm sure we could have found somewhere closer to home to watch the skiing, but we happened to be at this friend's house for the 2006 Winter Olympics, and we had a great time so we thought we'd do a reprise.

So I got to watch Amy Williams bring home Britain's first gold in the skeleton bob, and cheer on our curling teams (though they sadly did less well this year), and I have a new favourite sport in the shape of "ski cross".

Because of the time difference between home and Vancouver, we had mornings free for doing other things like playing cards and taking walks through Hyde Park. Our friend walks there regularly with a pocket full of peanuts, and has many of the small birds literally eating out of his hand.


RobinBlue Tit
Great Tit

Quite aside from our peanut-eating friends, Hyde Park is great for bird life. The RSPB even had a stall there, with scopes pointing at this tawny owl. It's always lovely to see an owl in daylight:

Tawny Owl

And although they're becoming very common in London's parks now, and probably shouldn't be exciting, I'm still in love with the parakeets:

Parakeet

We had a great and relaxing long weekend - I'm missing my daily dose of winter sports now I'm home again. Definitely hoping to see some live Olympics in 2012.

36 comments:

L.C.T. said...

Really beautiful photos. I love small birds :)

A Scattering said...

Hi Rachel! I'll be going through serious Olympic withdrawal as well. While the games were here in Canada, Vancouver is a looooong distance from where I live so I was up late most nights watching it on tv as well. I'm with you, I loved the ski cross, it's the first time I've seen it. The snowboard cross was very exciting as well.

Love your bird photos!

Tabor said...

Wonderful bird photos...now I must remember to carry peanuts and see if I can do the same.

Lee Ryan said...

Great pictures - what luck to see an owl!

blueviolet said...

Those little bird friends are just adorable!

Toni said...

Ok, so firstly, I'm officially back on my blog! I've missed you :)
Secondly, what gorgeous photos of our good old British wildlife!
Thirdly - when in the hell did Hyde Park get parakeets?! Have I missed some shift of London closer to the Equator?

I was just taking about going to the Olympics this weekend funnily enough - has to be done right?!

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

Oh dear ...arent those birds so absolutely adoarable and cutey?
Would have so love to feed 'em peanuts too.....

Penny said...

I really enjoyed your bird photos.

gaelikaa said...

Hi Rachel. Love dropping in here, it is such a friendly blog. So glad you're having a good time nowadays.

Sweet and Savory said...

I love the bird photos.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Vesper... said...

awwww, simply amazing :)

Brook said...

What beautiful pictures! I love photography. Wow, your profile is so interesting. Congrats on working on your PhD that's fabulous! You're so dedicated (and I'm sure disciplined). :) Thank you for dropping by my blog today. I'm still trying to get the hang of and feel for SITS. Are there any tips you can give me regarding maneuvering around their site and being a good SITSta? Thanks!

Kindest regards,
Brook

Stephanie V said...

Isn't that owl well camouflaged! The little birds are so sweet and so different from our little birds. Nice of them to pose so nicely.

Dreamer said...

LOVE the photos of the cute little birds! You've got a great blog going on here~

thanks for stopping by my blog and welcoming me to SITS! ^_^

lotsa love!

Bree said...

I really love your pictures of the birds! Especially the green parakeet. Thanks for welcoming me to SITS!

lakeviewer said...

Lovely birds. You have no television? You're not miss much.

liliannattel said...

Great pictures of birds. I watched the Olympics this weekend too, but from about 6 hours closer to Vancouver.

Kazzy said...

Makes me miss London tremendously.

Niks La Mode. said...

Awh nice to see someone appreciating nature !

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I really appreciate it!

I will be back :)

Ruby said...

how beautiful! love the little birds how lucky are you they out of ur hand! thanks for stopping by my blog!

Holly said...

Really amazing photos of those birds. How wonderful to see an owl and all the others too!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I LOVE those little birds! Especially the blue and yellow one.

A Cuban In London said...

Hyde Park is one of my favourite parks in London. I'm lucky to live in a city with so many green spaces. I loved those photos. They brought back memories of last summer. Many thanks for such a beautiful post.

Greetings from London.

Louiz said...

Those parrots make a very loud and annoying noise, but my daughter's fascinated by them.

They've been in London for years, since they started escaping from cages etc and are quite a nuisance now.

Chelsea said...

So pretty! I've never been to London but Hyde Park looks wonderful.

Thanks for visiting my blog from SITS (what a great bunch of women in this group!).

Suzanne said...

oh my gosh - great photos!!!

Real Live Lesbian said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I'd be totally enamoured with them!

GP said...

beautiful photographs!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Totally amazing pictures. To get the bird eating out of your hand makes for an awesome photograph.

CJ xx

Jenny Robbins said...

What a lovely walk. I don't think I've ever seen an owl outside of the zoo before. To see one during the day would be magical.

Thanks for the birthday wishes!

Karls said...

Crazy but I took one thing out of this... You don't have a TV?

Thanks for stopping by my part of the world!

Oh and I did notice the wildlife... gorgeous!

Joy said...

Those bird photos are flat-out astonishing. I am just amazed at the hand-feeding and the parakeets in the park!!

Razzi said...

That's amazing! I wish I could coax my local bird over more like that! And I love the sneaky owl - I love owls so much I got a tattoo of one! haha

Paddy☮ xx

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forgottengenius said...

It's strange, but a year ago I claimed a TV would be the first thing to install in a home of my own. And, here I am, one year later, with no TV in sight. I think it gives one a lot of spare time to spend on more productive tasks, does it does?

Oh, I do adore the birdlife in London. Especially the parakeets. My family in Sweden though I was delirious when I said that there were parrots in the trees, but I have since proven I am not. Your picture of it is however delightful.

fdiary said...

Awww.....how incredible. I would have loved that. My family is from Central America and Panama is know for its vast species of birds over 900+. Panama is a bird watchers paradise. Great photos once again!!

Veggie said...

Wow, such amazing wildlife. We don't have any parakeets in Canada!

I was so surprised to see the birds eating out of your friends hand.

That owl is so incredible, I don't think I've ever seen one in real life before.

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