Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Wild Bird Wednesday 179 - 2015 Highlights

As the year rolls to an end it's always good to take stock.  Here are some of my favourite images from this year - I have avoided any Lord Howe images, as I am still working with them.

So, thanks to all who have been involved in WBW this (and any other) year.  As ever, all suggestions for improvement and innovation welcome!  I'll see you in 2016!

Eastern Spinebill, nr. Lorne, Victoria, Australia

Jackdaw, Bempton Cliffs, UK.

Masked Lapwing, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia

New Holland Honeyeater, nr. Lorne, Victoria, Australia

Purple Swamphen, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia

Chestnut Teal (female), Ruffey Lake Park, Victoria, Australia

Shy Albatross, off Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia

Silver Gulls, off Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia

Sooty Oystercatcher, Wilsons Prom National Park, Victoria, Australia

Tree Sparrows, Bempton Cliffs, UK.
So, now, for the last time in 2015 its time to click the big blue button!

46 comments:

diane b said...

Great shots and good work with the blog.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Stewart, you have an awesome collection of beautiful birds and images. Thank you for hosting WBW over the past year, I will look forward to 2016. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your new week! I wish you all the best in 2016, Happy New Year!

TexWisGirl said...

such great shots! beautiful birds, too. loved the sparrows at the end. :)

Sharon Wagner said...

Thanks for the re-cap. I've loved all your images, travel photography and wonderful birds. Happy New Year!

Brian King said...

Magnificent photos! I like the Jackdaw and Honeyeater! Nicely done, Stewart!

photodoug said...

Stewart, always a pleasure viewing your photos. Happy New Year 2016 to you and yours. Thanks for sharing.

Findlay Wilde said...

What a great collection of pictures. Glad some of your UK visit ones made the list. I hope you have had a brilliant Christmas and have an amazing 2016.

Linda W. said...

Lots of amazing images, but my favorite is your first one!

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

You do capture the great shots with birds. May 2016 provide you with many more great opportunities.

Missy George said...

Love the Spinebill photo!1 They are all interesting..I don't remember the cute Sparrows..I don't think I have any recent birdies to share but they're coming..It's that time of year..Happy New Year to you and your family..

Ranten said...

Hey Stewart! So many great pictures! I especially enjoyed the New Holland Honeyeater and the Tree Sparrows. Thanks for all the nice pictures you have shared. I wish you a happy new year! Marit :-))

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Nice year end review ... That tall purple spiky flower certainly seems to attract good birds! All so beautiful... You had a great birding year ... And this doesn't even count your latest adventure.

carol l mckenna said...

Adore the little tree sparrows! Wonderful nature shots of the beautiful birds in action!

Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year,
artmusedog and carol

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

When you mentioned your best images, those from Lorne came to my mind immediately because of the unique flowers and the excellent exposures you obtained. Loved the little Tree Sparrows huddled together and the action in the group of gulls, and... everything else too! Thanks for hosting us through the years, and best wishes for a happy and productive New Year!

Harley Wilde said...

I really enjoyed all these pictures and would really like to see some of those birds. I have seen a jackdaw though.

Adam Tilt said...

Looks like you've had a great year Stewart. Thanks for running WBW again and here's looking forward to 2016.

EG CameraGirl said...

Nice choices for your favourites, Stewart!

Neil said...

Happy New Year and lots of Birding in 2016

Cloudia said...

Thank You Stewart for the great photos, and for this garden we play in!

NatureFootstep said...

you had a great birding year.

Thanks for hosting and wishing you a Happy New Year. :)

Andrew Fulton said...

You've had a wonderful year... wonderful images

Connie Smiley said...

What a great lineup, Stewart! I'd have to pick the gulls as my favorite. Happy new year, and thanks for hosting.

Marilyn Kircus said...

Marvelous shots. Think I like the ballet of the silver gulls best.
Happy New Year.

edenhills said...

Thanks so much for hosting. I am always amazed at the images you share with us. Hope you have a wonderful 2016!

Janice Adcock said...

Wonderful as ever! Cheers to your New Year!

pattisjarrett said...

A lovely assortment of feathered friends. My camera should return tomorrow. Maybe I'll get a bird photo to link up this week!

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Stewart; Wow, How GORGEOUS your this years Highlights Photographs are☆☆☆
Thank you SO much for hosting and wishing wonderful new year for you and all of your family.
Sincerely from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Jo said...

Hi Stewart, thanks for hosting this meme. I love joining in. I enjoyed all your birds this year but remember being especially enamored with the Silver Gulls in flight. Awesome photos every one. Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year and all the best for 2016! Greetings. Jo

Phil Slade said...

Hi Stewart. Many thanks for your hard work in 2015 by hosting this get together. I'm looking forward to 2016 and the chance to join in every week. I know the Jackdaw isn't too exotic but i really like your photo - probably because I can't get anywhere near one.

All Best Wishes for 2016.

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Beautiful Captures... First one is just outstanding...

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
Nice selection to represent the year. Hope 2016 brings many more such memories!!! YAM xx

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

What a nice stroll through 2000 fifteen

Wally Jones said...

What a terrific year-end summary of images, Stewart! I continue to marvel at the diversity of bird species around our planet.

Thank you so much for continuing to offer this wonderful resource for all of us who love birds and nature but could not possibly hope to enjoy them in person.

May 2016 bring you Peace and lots of birding Joy!

Wally and Gini - Florida, USA

Marie C said...

Such amazing shots, Stewart! Always a joy to be part of Wild Bird Wednesday! Looking forward to 2016 with you!

Valerie said...

Wonderful images/captures (as usual) Stewart! I love the New Holland Honeyeater shot. Thank you for the joy your photography brings. Wishing you and yours a safe, happy and healthy 2016.

Linda said...

Delightful bird portraits! Happy new year!

Black Jack's Carol said...

Spectacular shots, Stewart. Each one just breathtaking. Thanks so much for hosting this fine meme. Wishing you and your loved ones health, laughter, love.. and lots of birds in the new year!

A Quiet Corner said...

While that Honeyeater is my favorite, you always show such unique birds, Stewart. Happy New Year to you and your family...:)JP

Nette Cecilia said...

Happy new year to you ,Nette

Mary Cromer said...

I looked at your post a few times and tried to decide on choosing a favorite, however I could NOT! Somewhere between the Eastern Spinebill, New Holland Honeyeater, those amazing Silver Gulls and the Tree Sparrows...oh my what delights they all are and thank you so much for all of your hard work, sharing and caring about each of us that share with you. Happy New Year Stewart to you and yours!

Ela said...

Fantastic pictures !!
Happy New Year !!

Beate said...

Your photos are SO amazing! I love them all!
I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and I wish you a happy and healthy New Year :)
All the best from Germany,
Beate

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Very cool pictures ... Best wishes for 2016

Andrea Priebe said...

I want a New Holland Honey Eater ... that has to be the cutest bird ever. A great display of your talents, Stewart. I am looking forward to some good birding in the new year so I can continue to share on your blog ... but I am telling you, right now, we have hardly any birds around. I don't know where they all went ... guess I will have to get out(in the freezing cold weather) and look for some. You have a wonderful New Year, Stewart ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

Lee said...

Wonderful! Wonderful! Beautiful photos.

David Gascoigne said...

When you look at a wonderful series of pictures like that you know you have had a good year.