Come on Birdies!
So, firstly don’t judge me on the grass….This garden is very much work in progress and my garden help has it all under control apparently and is growing it up and strimming and all sorts manner of things to get it back to how it should be. This grass when I arrived was about 4 foot long and flat. It had been like this for a long, long time so underneath was huge bald patches and dead grass and all sorts of nightmarish stuff. Trust me, it is a hundred times better now and still has at least another year to go until we get it to become a real and proper lawn. Slowly, slowly, catchy monkey an all that.
That aside. I decided I wanted to start shooting some birdy pictures and thought I would start off in the garden. In the absence of the right kind of flowers as yet I set about putting all known seeds known to any flying thing all over the garden to try attract them. I always put bird seed and food out for the birds but this time I had a big chat with my favorite lady at my favorite pet shop (I am in there at least once a day just for a chat anyway) and she directed me to all sorts of things that would attract wild birds so I bought enough to last me a year. As you do.
This was a few weeks ago.
I hear them, I see them. Fleeting flashes of colour, yellows, blues, greens. There, gone. Whoosh.
I now have a renewed huge amount of respect for people who take photographs of birds. HUGE respect.
It.Is.Hard. No that is an understatement. For me it is impossible!
So, I have a shot of the only bird that comes at the moment and stays long enough to be photographed without it being a blur of colour. It would be hard being a blur of colour as it is not particularity colourful, but I do love it all the same. I need to read about photographing birds a lot more, find out times when the other ones are about more and all manner of things don’t I? In fact knowing what species birds are zooming around the garden would help.
This is a Starling… There are bloody loads of them here almost as many of these as we have seagulls. The lack of colour is more than made up by watching them roost at sunset, they are amazing.
Anyhoo. I got two bird photographs today, of the same bird and that was it! Ha. Early days.
And I will leave you with a photo from my archives of actually how amazing Starlings are. They roost on North Pier at sunset and it is pretty much the most amazing sight you can witness. A photograph does not do it justice so look on the internet for videos to see them in action. It is breathtaking. Then when you fall in love with the ink spots, swoops, shapes, gracefulness and clouds of awesomeness they form, go find out where they roost near you, take a picnic rug and enjoy.
So, I only hope that over the coming months I can get at least ONE shot of a colourful little birdy eating the abundance of seed I have available. I apologise for the big ‘watermark’ on my last photograph, I explained that a while back. I don’t do it anymore.