Saturday, April 18, 2009

Daphne's Stunning Bird Photos

Here are two stunning bird photographs that I took in the park today, some time after Christmas Dinner.

(Yes, you did read that last bit right - - we had it a bit late. Or early, depending upon your point of view). More about that soon. Back to the Stunning Bird Photographs.

Here's the first one:

It's the rare Yorkshire Triangle Bird. It doesn't have a beak. Or a head, come to that. It just floats around in the water absorbing food through its large black feet, which may be glimpsed at either side of its body. It has evolved the white camouflage so that, when seen from a distance in the park, it may be mistaken for an ice-cream cone.

And secondly, here's a photo which is a strong contender for Bird Photo of the Year.

Wow! The composition! The background interest! The foreground interest! The light!

I shall call it "Two Crows Facing in Opposite Directions". I know that most people have to persevere before they get stunning bird photos like this one so I expect I was just lucky - that's what I'll say at the awards ceremony anyway.

Don't give me all that "they could be rooks instead" stuff. I can hear you thinking that old proverb now - "A crow in a crowd is a rook". Yes, well, these two may be in a kind of very small crowd but then they flew off in opposite directions, rather than flocking together like rooks. So they're crows.

I hope that you appreciate the educational content of this blog, as well as the stunning photography.


Blogger Silverback said...

I smell a copyright infringement here. I've seen that top photo on an environmental site as it highlights the melting ice packs and how this large piece of ice was spotted drifting towards the Thames Barrier.

The other photo is from a "Duelling Today" magazine and clearly shows how modern crows settle their differences.

Shame on you.......

12:36 am  
Blogger Yorkshire Pudding said...

I don't know how to say this Daphne so I will come straight to the point - your two bird photos are crap. Try harder!

12:46 am  
Blogger Debby said...

Wow....I'll be able to say I knew you when!!!

3:09 am  
Anonymous ruth said...

Are you sure the Yorkshire Triangle Bird is not in fact a sinking sail boat?
(Merry Christmas!)

8:30 am  
Blogger Daphne said...

Silverback - yes, you MAY have seen similar photos in the public domain but I think you will realise, when you think about it, that actually they're not quite as good as mine.
YP - you live in South Yorkshire where there isn't any wildlife, just old mill chimneys. So I can forgive you for knowing nothing about wildlife photography.
Debby - ah, at last a sensible comment on this post. I shall mention you in my speech at the ceremony.
Ruth - don't be silly. But thank you for the Merry Christmas.

8:48 am  

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