But I enjoy them all, nonetheless: the crow splashing and bathing in a frost-rimed puddle; the grey heron huddled, solitary like a bitter, drab old man, in an overgrown field; the dainty ball of puff that is the European robin in winter; or the middle spotted woodpecker tapping out a beat in the towering pines. I'd dearly love to get a good photo of a blue tit, for I think they are the most darling little birdies.
Alas, neither chance nor the avian critters themselves have favored me since we moved back to the Centre. However, I do have a few bird photos up my sleeve from our world trip and decided to share those instead:
(if you go here, you can click on the magnifying glass and get a better look at the birds...)
Bird ID and photo location, left to right:
1) Gray Jay; Yellowstone National Park, WY - This cheeky fellow actually flew down and ate out of my hand.
2) Common Sparrow; Boston, MA
3) Western Scrub-Jay; Coral Sands State Park, Utah
4) Red-whiskered Bulbul; Hanoi, Vietnam (such beautiful birds, so sad to see them in cages everywhere)
1) Canadian Geese; Yellowstone National Park, WY
2) Andean Gull; Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia
3) Red-billed Gull, juvenile; New Zealand (South Island)
1) Juvenile Gull; Boston, MA
2) James Flamingo; Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia
3) Blue Macaw; La Senda Verde Animal Refuge, Coroico, Bolivia
1) Red-billed Gull; New Zealand (South Island)
2) Grebe of some sort?; Custer State Park, SD
3) Crow; Canyonlands National Park; UT
Someday, mayhap I'll have a proper telescopic lens. Then watch out, birdies...