A while ago I'd been encouraged by a friend to submit a picture of mine to the photo gallery. I had an email this morning from Kevin of Birds of Britain website advising me that my picture had been chosen as "Photo of the Month" and consequently I'm to receive a prize of a book of the BBC Photographer of the Year. WOW - this is the first time I've ever had a picture of mine chosen for anything - let alone win a prize. I'm really chuffed :D
And twas the Grey Phalarope picture that qualified.
So now down to earth. I increased my garden list by 1 today, when I had a visit from a coal tit. I've had a huge number of garden visitors probably due to the cold weather. In excess of 25 Goldfinches, 8 Starlings, 10 Ring-necked Parakeets, 4 Blue Tits, the Black cap, 2 robins, other finches etc. etc. At one time, I had 40+ birds in the garden at the same time. I now need a sponsor for sunflower hearts!!
Some of today's garden visitors:
"Levitating" Blackbird (female)
A cold Robin
even colder Robin as s/he's standing on frozen pond water!
I've had my grandson staying this weekend, so we trotted off to Bushey Park for the first visit of 2009. 90% of the water was covered in thick ice still. J (grandson) was given a camera for Christmas, so we were both taking pictures. Some of his are very good!
My sole contribution from Bushey Park today - a frozen Boating Lake.
and these are the results of some of J's pictures
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