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Bigfoot_Mike

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Re: The Birds, the birds.
« Reply #105 on: 22:59:08, 09/10/20 »

Another high roller from South Africa







Followed by a white fronted bee eater





and a little bee eater





South Africa certainly has some beautiful birds. We were there in the winter (not best season for birds), but we saw plenty - rollers and bee eaters many times each day

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« Reply #106 on: 09:12:13, 10/10/20 »
Stop - they are all too beautiful
So many paths yet to walk, so little time left

watershed

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« Reply #107 on: 15:31:56, 14/10/20 »
I have not done any serious walking in the Hills since tearing my left calf in August.
I have built up slowly, on the roads. Today I went to Ronas Hill for the first time for many weeks.
After 4 miles I met an old friend.


















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« Reply #108 on: 15:34:36, 14/10/20 »

Dodgylegs

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« Reply #109 on: 15:54:37, 14/10/20 »
It's beautiful! How close did you get?

watershed

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« Reply #110 on: 16:23:19, 14/10/20 »
Thanks Dodgylegs.
About 50-75 Metres.
The first one I saw (a Female) was about a year and a half ago. I got got much closer to it.
I think this male is more wary.
More people have been up the hill this year due to Covid and I think that has made it suspicious.
This is my 5th encounter with a snowy Owl since my first sighting in February 2019, very lucky.
I am not a birder, it is just that I am up in the hill a lot.
I have done nearly a 1000 miles in the Ronas Hill area over the last few years, it is a lovely wilderness.
Usually you never meet anyone once you have left the summit.








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Re: The Birds, the birds.
« Reply #111 on: 17:58:53, 14/10/20 »
Just been looking on map, what distant lands can you see from up Ronas Hill, if any?
Seems like a wild, steep hill!
Thanks for mentioning Ronas Hill, never looked closely on the map of Shetlands until today.

Pleased you're up the hill a lot and not over the hill!  ;D
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watershed

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« Reply #112 on: 18:16:02, 14/10/20 »


Pleased you're up the hill a lot and not over the hill!  ;D





Ha ha Only just hanging in there.

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Re: The Birds, the birds.
« Reply #113 on: 15:27:46, 07/11/20 »
Got lucky on Mid Field Hill again today, When heading towards Ronas Hill.



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« Reply #114 on: 21:46:51, 07/11/20 »
It's keeping it's eyes on you!




Bigfoot_Mike

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« Reply #115 on: 22:28:08, 07/11/20 »
You are very fortunate to have a snowy owl nearby. The most exotic birds I saw today were a male bullfinch and a fieldfare in a rowan tree at the back of the garden.

Birdman

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« Reply #116 on: 10:50:34, 16/11/20 »
Seeing a Snowy Owl in the UK is really cool watershed! I have seen one on my Kungsleden hike in Arctic Sweden in 2015 and was over the moon! Unfortunately I didn't carry a camera with a decent zoom at the time.
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« Reply #117 on: 18:59:47, 16/11/20 »

I thought this picture is quite funny. Fishermen are cleaning their catch and Great White Pelicans and Marabou Storks are patiently waiting for the fishermen to finish, so they can clean up the scraps. You wouldn't say, but these are wild birds!  :) This is in Ziway, Ethiopia.

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« Reply #118 on: 18:34:51, 22/11/20 »
Ridiculously noisy due to failing light but this Kestrel gave me the perfect pose this afternoon.



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« Reply #119 on: 18:43:19, 22/11/20 »
Wonderful! I love kestrels
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