Whooper swan (Cygnus cygnus) showing its wings

Olympus E-M1.2 Panasonic 100-300 II
300mm 1/200s f/5.6 ISO 2000

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A weweia (New Zealand dabchick/grebe) chick catching a ride on a rainy morning.

#bird #birds #BirdPhoto #wildlife #photography

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The best thing I’ve learned this week is that when squirrels fall/jump - they land like superheroes!

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I imagine people turning up at iconic Icelandic photo opportunities when the weather is lovely, with cloudless blue skies and rich verdant colours and being disappointed at everything seems a little...bland and nice, not Icelandicly Instagramish enough.

Saying that, the day after this was taken, while we were staying in Arnarstapi, a storm blew in with wind that was so strong in moved our car SIDEWAYS!

Everything is just a bit more everything in Iceland.

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#Windy
#Búðir

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This greylag gander (Anser anser) has unusually orange features and an unpleasant personality. I call him Donald.

Panasonic G7, TTArtisan 50/1.2
1/200s, ISO 200, probably f/1.7

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My photo guests were delighted to see nearly 500,000 murmurating Starlings forming a giant bird over the Somerset Levels this week.

Murmurations usually run from November through to February each year and can be found around the UK. The Somerset Levels, (wetlands) to the west of Glastonbury are one of the best known locations.

#Starlings #Murmuration #Photography #Birds #Wildlifephotography #Photooftheday #Holiday #Omsystem #Defythemoment #Breakfreeolympus

Mute swan (Cygnus olor) having a drink in the canal

Olympus EM1.2, Sigma 30/1.4
1/500s f/2.2 200 ISO

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Two Of A Kind.

Having seen a white-tailed eagle descending from the skies towards the edge of a loch on Mull, I decided to go for a look.

To my delight and surprise, it was not alone. Two, a pair of adults, were waiting for the tide to retreat in case anything worth scavenging was left behind.

#WhiteTailedEagle #Mull #WildlifePhotography #NaturePhotography #nature #eagle #scotland #ScottishWildlife #raptor #BirdsOfPrey

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That's more than enough interest for me to start adding those details to future posts. I don't promise to do it every time, but I'll try to most of the time.

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Rufous-crowned Roller

A bulky roller that is mostly dull purple-cinnamon in color; it is flecked with many fine white streaks and has a bold white eyebrow. It exposes colorful blue wings and tail while performing an acrobatic rolling flight display. Singles and pairs sit conspicuously in open savanna, preferring thornveld and drier woodlands. It perches on exposed snags and swoops to the ground to hunt large invertebrates and small vertebrates. A partial resident, it also enganges in complicated seasonal movements in parts of its range. The similarly-plumaged Broad-billed Roller is smaller, has a bright yellow (not dark) bill, and prefers moister habitats.

Link: ebird.org/species/rucrol2

So far, there does seem to be a lot of interest in this information. I was previously only including parts of it I thought were particularly noteworthy, like my 1-second exposure of a swan.

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The Great Blue Heron soars through the mist, dignified and unflappable. Pay no attention to the poop spiral.

#birds #photography

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If you follow a lot of art or photography makers do yourself a favor and uncheck this in your settings.
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I've noticed some photographers post their gear and settings along with their photos. I haven't been. Are people interested in that?

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