Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Wild Bird Wednesday 153 - Magpie

This is the second of three Wild Bird Wednesday's that I need to organise before I head off for work related travel.   So, although the familiar blue button will appear at the bottom of the page - the posts themselves will be rather briefer than normal!

These birds are Magpies from the UK.  Many birds have this name, but this one is Pica pica - the only crow in the UK that is not basically back or grey.

These shots were taken last year on Hampstead Heath on the first day of a wonderful month back in the UK.  These distinct, clever and noisy birds were constant companions of mine as a kid and it was nice to see them again so soon after getting off the plane.





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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Wild Bird Wednesday 152 - Hoary Headed Grebe

This is the first of three Wild Bird Wednesday's that I need to organise before I head off for work related travel.   So, although the familiar blue button will appear at the bottom of the page - the posts themselves will be rather briefer than normal!

These rather splendid little birds are Hoary Headed Grebes, Poliocephalus poliocephalus (and no, I have not developed a stutter!).  For those of you in the UK, they are about the same size as a Little Grebe, and for those of you in the USA its about the same size as a Pied Billed Grebe.

These birds were all loafing about on coastal pools on Phillip Island, Victoria.







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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Jakarta Bay Fishing Boat

By the time this post hits the airwaves (so to speak) I will be well into more work related travel - and as per normal I have no idea when (or if) I will get to have a look at my blog.  It's so annoying how things like work get in the way of important things - like life!!

This is one of the many fishing boats that we encountered while we travelled out to the fish traps.



You can find more pictures from around the world here at Our World Tuesday.  SM

Friday, 19 June 2015

Jakarta Bay Dawn Sky

To visit the Friagtebirds featured in the last post, my journey started at 4.30 am!  Even then the streets had a good deal of traffic on them.

I'm trying to track down the exact location we ended up at, but the Sun was not that far over the horizon when the boat left the beach.

A combination of early morning sea haze, pollution and a low Sun provided some rather interesting colours.





You can see more skies from around the world at Sky Watch Friday.  SM