Thursday, 13 June 2013

NatureFootstep: Winged #92

Thursday's theme at NatureFootstep is 'Winged'. For all things 'winged', but not necessarily 'feathered' (flying insects welcome).

On a warm summer day, many birds like a good nap. Here are some examples, taken at the National Wetlands Centre:

NENE GOOSE
Sleepy Nene 1

RED-BREASTED GOOSE
Red Breasted Goose

BAR-HEADED GOOSE
Bar-Headed Goose 1

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38 comments:

  1. Hi Mitch, this is me finally trying to do a bit of a catch up on a few posts. Was away for most of May and its taken me another couple of weeks to catch up on stuff at home. These photos are fantastic. I've been trying to do 'bird' photos and I've come to realise, its not easy. I would love to get to the point where I can take those real action shots of birds in the air.......think that’s a bit ambitious though, maybe one day. I really like your red breasted goose, fantastic colours, we don't have geese like that here.

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    1. Hi Loretta!! Good to see you back online!! I rarely try those 'action' shots of birds myself. As you probably know by now, I specialise in 'up close and personal' type shots with subjects ranging from birds and animals to flowers and insects. The simple reason is I'm much better at those than I am at the action shots!! LOL. The only place I've ever seen the Red-Breasted goose is at the National Wetlands Centre, here in Wales. They have colonies of several types of goose that aren't indigenous to the UK.

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  2. Amazing close-ups of three very beautiful geese. Well done.

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  3. Excellent photos of the birds napping! Just awesome!

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  4. I fell for the red brested goose. Not that the others aren't beautiful But it ha something ..
    Have a nice evening.
    Mormor

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    1. Thanks Mormor. They are lovely aren't they? And they make a very funny sound, too :-))

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  5. They are so cute but loved the first one .

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  6. Nice collection of Geese! They would all be new to me, great photos!

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    1. Thanks Eileen :-)) None of these three species are indigenous to the UK, but there are colonies of each at the National Wetlands Centre, here in Wales.

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  7. now I´m getting sleepy too. :)
    I had the pleasure to get a glimpse of the Nene goose in Hawaii. Think it was Big Island. Is this shot from there? I think it was a local species.

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    1. Hi NF. The Nene is also known as the Hawaiian Goose, and is native to those islands. My shot wasn't taken there though. There is a permanent colony of them at the National Wetlands Centre here in Wales.

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  8. Such amazing shots! They are wonderful!
    Cheers from Cottage Country!

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  9. beautiful closeups; new ones to me; well done Mitch

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  10. aww, I think you woke that last one up
    fabulous bird shot

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    1. Thanks Danette :-)) That last one was just dozing as I took the shot :-))

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  11. I loved these Mitch, never thought about birds needing to sleep too-what a great subject for photo taking

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    1. Thanks Kathy :-)) Perhaps we should change the phrase 'having a cat-nap' to 'having a bird-nap'. LOL.

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  12. It looks like the Nene is sleeping well. Great shots of all the geese.

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  13. Beatiful birds and pictures!

    This morning I have looked at your photos from Colby gardens - how interesting specially the way (macro) you look at the flowers. Some of them I can see here in the wild in Sweden, some in my gardens - but I can understand from your way of working with the camera, that I have to learn to take better macro-pictures.

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    1. Thanks Ulla :-))

      Also thanks for looking at my Colby photos. Macro photography requires lot of patience. It helps to have a good camera/lens, of course but just as importantly is patience and practice, practice, practice!! Don't be disheartened by lots of bad photos. For every one good macro I save, I delete maybe three or four bad ones.....sometimes more.

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  14. I am amazed how you can get so close to them!
    Great shots.

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    1. Thanks Sophie :-)) A good zoom helps.

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  15. How wonderful! There's so much peace in those photos.

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  16. The detail of the feathers is magnificent! Especially love the second photo capturing the closed eyes of contentment!

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  17. Det er meget fine billeder af gaser ;-)

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