*** Nov 10th 2010 - 5000 views! Thanks to all! *** *** 1000 + views! Feb 20th 2009 *** Thanks again everyone. ***Explorer Photo*** #238 Oct 1st 2008 Thanks everyone! I was walking to work along the Serpentine in London's Hyde Park; as I passed the Lido bathing area I was surprised to see a goose making good use of the shower provided for bathers! It did seem quite at home, I don't know if it regularly takes advantage of the shower, but I suppose it's better than ducking to get water over its back! The Serpentine Lido is open to the general public, but it is also the base for the Serpentine swimming club; members swim at all seasons and they have a Christmas Day swim in which members swim one length of the lido and then get out (pretty quickly; but I'm sure it's a great appetiser for Christmas Dinner!). The Sun had only just risen, I'd got the camera set up for sunrise shots, and I didn't think this picture would last long as I know the shower only runs for a limited time and then turns off! So I pushed the sensitivity up as high as it went and got snapping! Fortunately the shower operated for several more seconds, and in fact the goose decided it had had enough anyway and waddled off before the shower stopped. As it was a bit of a rush, I found in this shot the camera was focussed on the bank behind the shower. I did take some others showing the goose as the centre of the image, and as these were in better focus I 'borrowed' a goose from one of these and replaced the original (very similar) goose. I couldn't see the join, if you think you can please tell me. I also increased the saturation pretty considerably. You can see larger versions of this image (recommended!) www.flickr.com/photos/martin-james/2894010343/sizes/l/ For more information on the Serpentine Swimming club see www.serpentineswimmingclub.com/
Photo by: Martin-James
More About Grey Herons I posted a grey heron photo yesterday and provided some information about this interesting bird. Here is some additional insight about this wonderful creature. This species breeds in colonies in trees close to lakes, the sea-shore or other wetlands, although it will also nest in reed beds. It builds a bulky stick nest. It feeds in shallow water, catching fish or frogs with its long bill. Herons will also take small mammals and birds. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim. The grey heron has become a very common species in recent decades by moving into urban environments in great numbers. There, the herons hunt as they usually would but also make use of food discarded by humans, will visit feeding times in zoos to birds such as penguins and pelicans and some individuals even make use of people feeding them at their homes.
Photo by: Don Iannone
...or maybe that should be "red-breasted"!! ; ) I love the look on his face that says.............. "Who, me?? No, I'm not stealing anything. Why would you think that??!!" : ) ********************************* These are not posted with any pretense or delusion that they are great shots. They are the first ones that I took that piqued my interest in birds and they were taken with the Pentax, through the glass window of a storm door, and handheld. I've been taking a lot of bird shots lately and have a few that are worth posting. I will also post some others like these, however, that are not 'technically good', but show some sort of humorous or interesting element. Made Explore!! #344
Photo by: vicipix
In anticipation of colder weather - and my reluctance to go out in that colder weather - I've hung a second bird feeder, much closer to the house, so all I have to do is shoot out the storm door window from the kitchen. Not sporting?? Maybe... but at least I'll be warm! * * * * Ya just GOTTA view this in Large..... it's nowhere near as good in this size!!! * * * * Made Explore!! #372
Photo by: vicipix