With the onset of cooler temperatures, the Goldfinches and other birds are beginning to increase in number in the garden.
It was a very grey day again today (oh please can we have some sun soooon), and, as I sat as day dawned watching the birds, I had a four-legged visitor again - a fox. This seems to be quite a young one and was very timid. I noticed as s/he left the garden that its rear right-leg was badly injured and it couldn't put any weight on it - I hope it recovers very quickly. I believe its the same one that visited not that long ago.
A couple of pictures which come into the category - see something in garden - grab camera -shoot through double glazing on dull day. Technically, the pictures are dreadful but the subject was too pretty to resist
In terms of bird visitors - my early morning count was:
17 Goldfinches - whey hey
8 RN Parakeets
4 Wood Pigeons (hardly a berry left now on the Holly tree)
19 Feral Pigeons (grrrrr)
2 Great Tits
3 Blue Tits
and 2 Grey Squirrels.
No Jay or Nuthatch today
To assist in holding the camera more steadily when using the heavy lens, especially in low light shots, I've purchased an Ergo Rest - and thanks to Diane for the introduction and more recent demonstration. Unfortunately I haven't been able to try it out, since its delivery a couple of days ago. But I did try a shot of a RN Parakeet high up on the Eucalyptus tree today (the Para being the one who was high up - not the photographer!) and this is the result... - I can see an improvement.
Over the years I've lived here I've been gradually developing the garden and it's almost complete now. One thing I have endeavoured to do is to plant for all seasons' interest and, in particular, for autumn colour.
I've been waiting for some sun to take pictures, but if I leave it any longer there will be no colour to photograph so, a quick (albeit not well lit) tour of garden colour.
A Penstemon - still in flower..
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