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#BirdWeekly ~ Photo Challenge ~ Black & White #Photography #Birds #Nature

Week 7 of Lisa Coleman’s Bird Weekly challenge is for any bird in black and white or sepia

This was taken a while ago when it was warm enough fro the female blackbird to do a spot of sunbathing.

I’d never seen a turnstone before I spied this little fellow

The raven was quite happy to pose for the camera

Not sure what the blackbird was hiding from…

This moorhen was enjoying a solitary swim without the brood.

Keeping a watchful eye on the cygnets

And two youngsters to finish off with, a robin and a dunnock.

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#BirdWeekly ~ Photo Challenge ~ Ducks and Geese #nature #wildlife #photography

Lisa Coleman’s Bird Weekly challenge this week is all about ducks and geese.

The Canada geese were photographed at Conwy nature reserve

as was the Shelduck. There are large numbers at the reserve between January and May, then they relocate further along the valley to nest.

I hadn’t seen eider ducks before but on a visit to Amble in Northumberland there were lots of them in the harbour. The first is the male, the second the female. They are seaducks, nesting around the northern English and Scottish coasts.

This little duck family were enjoying life on the river Avon

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Bird Weekly PhotoChallenge ~ Waders #Birds #Nature #Wildlife

Week 3 of Lisa Coleman’s bird weekly challenge is waders ~ any bird that forages for insects, molluscs and crustaceans in the shallows of practically any body of water.

Oyster catchers are quite common on the beaches and estuaries.

The redshank and lapwing were photographed at the RSPB nature reserve at Conwy

The heron had his eye on something but didn’t go for it, not while I was watching anyway.

The little egrets were also photographed at Conwy nature reserve.

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Bird weekly ~ Photo Challenge ~ Birds with Yellow Feathers #Nature #Birds #Photography

For week 2 of Lisa Coleman’s Bird Weekly challenge I’m featuring the blue tit. The most common garden visitor here with yellow feathers. All but this first photo were taken in my garden.

We had a nesting pair again this year and they successfully raised their brood.

Hunting for tasty treats, maybe

No sooner in than he’s off again

No wonder he’s looking a bit harassed

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#FOTD Flower of the Day ~ Lavatera #Flower #Nature #Photography

My entry for Cee’s flower of the day (18th June) is lavatera. This plant isn’t in our garden but we enjoy a nice show from next door 

And after playing around with some effects…

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Bird Weekly ~ Photo Challenge ~ SongBirds #Nature #Birds #Photography

I’m joining a new photo challenge all about birds with Lisa Coleman at Our Eyes Open. This week it’s song birds.

This starling was happily singing away as we sat at outside a cafe in Northumberland having morning coffee and still hadn’t stopped when we left…

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#FOTD Flower of the Day ~ Hebe #Flowers #Nature #Photography

My entry for Cee’s flower of the day challenge (14th June) is hebe. We have several of these shrubs which are great for attracting bees and butterflies. At the moment they’re swarmimg with bees and a lone butterfly.

Hebe flowers with bees and butterfly
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#FOTD #Flower of the Day ~ Clematis #Nature #Photography #Springflowers

For Cee’s flower of the day challenge today (26th May) I’ve chosen the first two clematis flowers of the year.

Check out Cee’s post here.

Clematis flowers, macro image.