Bird-Watching

13.07.2019

I have a bad habit of forgetting to take my camera with me when I go out. I always end up seeing something and thinking “I knew I should have brought my camera!” So when I went to visit my grandparents today, I took my camera with me – just in case!

Since coming back from my holiday last week, reality has hit me pretty hard. I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed and I feel like I have a lot of things to think about and plans to make. Whenever I’m feeling like life is weighing me down, indulging in my hobbies always calms me down. Sometimes all I need is a bit of fresh air and my camera to remind me that there are plenty of beautiful things in life to be grateful for.

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I don’t usually take a lot of bird photos, mainly because they’re very fast and I’m not as patient as I could be. But we spent a lot of time in the garden this afternoon, just chatting and watching the world go by, so I snapped some photos when I could. There were a lot of sparrows and pigeons, and one particularly chunky pigeon that looked like a small aeroplane!

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We filled the fat ball feeder and waited. It didn’t take long for them to swarm from every direction. This photo makes me laugh because it’s a head-on shot and it makes him look very grumpy!

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Of course, I didn’t just take photos of the birds. If you read my blog a lot, you’ll know that I love taking photos of insects. There’s something quite satisfying about capturing a tiny creature that’s barely noticeable and blowing it up to a large photo. Since it’s summer, there were plenty of insects flying about, especially since the garden was full of flowers.

There were bees, wasps (eugh), flies, ants and butterflies, to name a few. As always, the butterflies would not stay still for a photo and I’m pretty sure they were winding me up on purpose! I did, however, get quite a nice shot of this bee:

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This photo was taken from quite a distance away, and I had to crop it to make it look nice. Unfortunately, once I had a cropped it, it became quite pixelated and blurry. I’ve tried to disguise that by blurring the entire photo, so it looks like it’s on purpose – I hope I’ve gotten away with it!

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A little beetle perching on the tip of a leaf, about to take flight, is just asking for a photo! I love how you can see his wings behind him, I’ve not seen that before! This beetle was about the size of the nib of a pencil, so it was barely noticeable without zooming right in.

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Aside from the bird photos, this is probably one of my favourites from today. They’re carrying one of the little beetles, but they dropped it a few seconds after this photo was taken.

That’s all for today, I hope you liked the photos!

– Holly

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