Tuesday, May 15, 2012

World Bird Wednesday - Living in the Past / Wood Pigeon


Just to get me in the mood for my rapidly approaching birthday – it’s not one of those big significant round number ones, but it’s not far off – I thought I’d dig out some pictures from the past.  A kind of “Living in the Past” sort of post.
On one of my infrequent trips back to the UK I spent some time at Slimbridge, the home of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.  This organisation was set up by Peter  Scott, whose father died on the return journey from the South Pole.  I was sat in a hide when this wood pigeon landed more or less directly outside the window.  It’s one of the few bird shots I had to take with a wide angle lens!
It’s not really the kind of bird people would travel any distance to see, but I don’t see them any more so I thought I’d give it a brief dance in the spot light of World Bird Wednesday.
You can find the latest post to my other blog by clicking the Paying Ready Attention image on the RHS of the screen.
Enjoy the birds

28 comments:

George said...

This is a wonderful picture, and I enjoyed the circumstances that let you get it. I've never gotten a good bird picture with a wide angle lens.

Thanks for visiting my site.

TexWisGirl said...

it's really beautiful. you should load your photos in a larger format (if your layout will allow it). i clicked on it to enlarge, but often don't take the time to do so as i'm scooting thru blogland. :) just a suggestion...

Sylvia K said...

Such a beautiful bird and TWG is right, the larger version is really awesome! Hope your week is going well and don't worry about the birthday, believe me, you're still a youngster -- well, in comparison with some of us!!

Sylvia

jane said...

Lovely shot - I love wood pigeons - I think they are very photogenic - glad you enjoyed Slimbridge - my last visit to a reseve was a couple of months back to Cley next the sea in Norfolk - Jane UK

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

If it's new or different to you or if it brings back memories it's a significant bird! And if it's new to your readers, it's definitely worth blogging. And besides that's one beautiful softly colored bird.

And I agree with Sylvia over there -- you're too young to worry about birthdays.

Carletta said...

I enlarged it and it's lovely Stewart - such wonderful clarity!
Looking at his face he seems to have an attitude. I looked at it and just imagined someone scrunching their eyes and scowling. :)
But really, a lovely shot!

Island Rambles Blog said...

good shot for a wide angle!! Really enjoy the photos here and never mind how old you are in is all a state of mind!

missing moments said...

A lovely bird .. certainly deserves some attention!

mick said...

Nice photo and the backward look can be lots of fun.

NatureStop said...

Nice one! Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

Shantana

Larry said...

A gorgeous shot Stewart! I know someone who would give his eye teeth for a shot of a Wood Pigeon like this...me!

Isn't it amazing how our common birds are rarities to so many others?

Kim, USA said...

I so like the color. ^_^
Kim,USA

Arija said...

Nice one Stewart. Hope your birthday turns out to be all you could wish for!

eileeninmd said...

Awesome photo, Stewart. I also loved the enlarged version. I hope you have a very Happy Birthday!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Well done Stewart and a very Happy Birthday, coming soon;')~

HansHB said...

Lovely to see this post!
Happy WBW!

Gary said...

He's a beauty Stewart!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Karen said...

That's the thing- so much in the world around us is taken for granted, until it's gone. It's often the little things we miss. I think it's a lovely bird, with beautiful shades of blue and grey!

FjÀllripan said...

Great photo of the dove! :)

heyBJK said...

Well, I've never seen one. Very handsome pigeon! Much nicer than the standard city pigeons we have. Happy upcoming Birthday, Stewart!

subbu said...

Wow! That's a beautiful shot on the bird. Advance birthday wishes Stewart :)

Jean said...

What an interesting and pretty bird. One I have never seen.
Hope you have a very Happy Birthday Stewart. Nothing like a birthday to cause us to replay the past. Oh...we all are getting older.:)

Andrew said...

Wonderful to see Stewart and a garden favourite of mine... known as my "Garden Hoovers" they eat every dropped from the feeders.

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful bird!

Springman said...

Oh yeah, that impending birthday mood!
Here I thought you were going to reference that great Tull album!
Cheers Sir!

Gemma Wiseman said...

The beautiful tones of dusky blues and greys look wonderful when enlarged! Great photo!

NixBlog said...

That's a lovely post and a wonderful photo.

Amila Kanchana said...

Beautiful bird!