I hadn't expected to be posting this weekend but I've had some interesting young visitors to my garden and seen some (that I've not photographed before) in another garden. And today - the sun shone for a good part of the day; now that can't be bad can it!
(Photographic notes: Pictures of Jays, Robin, Squirrel, Parakeets all shot with Nikon D70 and Sigma 50-500mm lens (no IS). House martins: Canon 20D with Canon 100-400 mm IS lens)
I've often had Jays (up to 8 at a time) visiting my garden and, in particular, the Oak Trees in the neighbouring gardens, but this year for the first time, I've had two youngsters visiting - well pleased!
And equally pleased at my young Robin visitor.
I was fascinated the other morning, that an imported Grey Squirrel, who started off sitting happily in the Eucalyptus tree, became much intimidated by another import, this time a feathered one a Ring-necked Parakeet.
Now I must say that the RNP was doing no more that sitting on a higher branch in the same tree, and simply looking at the Grey Squirrel.
Having run to the other end of the branch and noticed the RNP, the tail started to curl over it's back and ..
until it covered the whole of the Squirrel's back
BUT TODAY, in a much more stately house than mine, there were three House Martin nests occupied. The families consisted of three, two and one youngsters. The one on its own was only four days old and being fed very regularly - if anything it's going to be too heavy to fly!!
And the three youngsters
Not visible as a parent leaves for more food.
Soon decided it's about time for another snack
and an obliging parent flies in with something tasty.
Just a pity that the nest was so high up and in a very dark area of the archway - but pleased to have got the pictures of the babies and their parents.
400 (no, not birds) and some chats
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