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Old 07-02-2009, 07:27 PM   #31
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I'd like to see some bird photos too Di! I'll see if I can find some of mine to trade...

After I wrote this post

I decided to try and get a "light all night" shot (with my crap point and shoot camera)
So here it is - this was taken at 23.45 last Saturday night from a hill looking north over Inverness towards the eternal sunset



yes I did have to photoshop it a bit but not too much!

Similar viewpoint in daylight ~ found one with sheep just for Scotty

Love the photos

Just a small selection of my bird photos

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They're lovely photos Di, thanks for sharing
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By popular demand (someone asked me!) here are some pics of my collection of pets

The elder statesman, Velcro


The young troublemaker, Lucky, in her favourite place


Both of them sunbathing


Both of them wondering where the sun has gone


The stray cat who drops by at teatime, Moonface


And Hedgey who sometimes gets in first


Jeremy, the famous dog-herding cat


and just because this is meant to be a visual thread, here's a shot of cat paradise from a nearby hill


And a recent sunset from my garden
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Les your cats are gorgeous,thank you so much for sharing
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Thanks Di! Only the black ones are "mine" (I've had them both since they were born but I belong to them more than they belong to me) the others are randoms who turn up for food sometimes! I'll try to find a pic of the pheasant who also visits occasionally!
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I luv your pics MsTree !
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By popular demand (someone asked me!) here are some pics of my collection of pets

The elder statesman, Velcro


The young troublemaker, Lucky, in her favourite place


Les,don't worry I didn't think all the cats were yours,just the 2 black ones,but the others are gorgeous too even if they don't belong to you

I'd like to see your visiting pheasant
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I was worried you might think I'm the Cat Protection League!

I've been trying to feed Moonface as my neighbour (who seems to pick up all the strays, I think she feeds better than me) has a collection of cats who don't get on with him (Jeremy the famous dog-herding cat's one of hers). Lucky and Velc seemed to be quite cool with him (Velc even "sings" to him) but now Lucky's started pulling out her fur and I don't know if it's because of Moonface or not. It's a stress thing that calms down in time apparently and she's healthy in all other regards. Bit of a weird one and I'm not entirely sure what to do but I can't stop feeding Moonface now!

Thanks Lena! I just managed to rescue about 40Gb of photos from the hard drives of a broken PC so I'll be posting a heap more shortly!



And here's Limpy the pheasant, he hangs about in wintertime, we call him Limpy as we think he may have been in a fight with a cat, he can only put his weight on one leg He's bigger than my wee cat though and everybody feeds him!
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I've been uploading some pics to flickr

A while back I did some volunteering on Handa Island, a uninhabited island off the NW coast, it's run as a bird reserve with a seasonal warden in the summer The volunteers helped with bird monitoring and helping the visitors on to the island. It has no electricity, no roads, just loads of birds and heaps of good memories... These are all scans from slides so sorry for squintness and bits of cat hair and dust!
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Willie the boatman


Me (!) taking the jetty to the boat (and Steven the boatman)


Aren't your toes itching to go for a paddle?


The Great Stack. Overflowing with fulmars, gulliemots, razorbills and puffins


Some big cliffs


Some even bigger cliffs


Fulmars


Skua chick hatching
I was out with the warden checking on the chicks and found this egg hatching! The parents were going daft, we had to wear hard hats and have a bamboo cane stuffed down the back of our jackets as skuas will try to attack the highest point (which would otherwise be your head!


And a skua in action at sunset

My other island photos aren't quite so birdy, more to come...
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Oh mine. These cliff and beach and water are breathtakingly beautiful. You are a great photographer, Les.
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Aw thanks! I love weather and rocks (and paddling!)

Some more. I spent three fantastic summers on Shetland, it's a mental place, quite bleak and beautiful, mad things happen and music is everywhere It's very windy, fogbound a lot of the time in summer, nowhere is more than 3 miles from the sea and everyone has a boat.

Fair Isle is a tiny wee island between the archipelagos of Orkney and Shetland, a stomach churning 4 hour ferry trip on a boat that only takes about 15 passengers, designed to bob about like a cork (rather than sink!) I've done the ferry about four times (return) and only once managed not to be seasick. Once the sea was so bad I was convinced we were all going to die! There's a bird observatory there which every self respecting birder must visit at least once in a lifetime, I first went with the National Trust for Scotland to help with croft work and haymaking but loved it so much I stayed for weeks afterwards! It's a hard place to leave, and I've always cried my eyes out on the boat home
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The car ferry!


Sheep Rock


Fair Isle Kirk. Although the population is only 72 Fair Isle has two churches!




All the crofts are in the south of the island


The South Coast


The swimming pool!


The South Light on a stormy day


Sunset with sun pillar
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Oh wow Les,spectacular scenery,stunning camera work Les,thanks for sharing I've never been close enough to see a chick hatch before,that must have been awesome. I know I'd be seasick on that ferry,but I'd put up with it to get to see the birds and awesome surroundings on Fair Isle

Thanks for Limpy too
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Wow. You've got some spectacular images. And some kinda creepy too, I mean those from the top of a cliff; I always get some dark scenario in my head when I see those kind of views. >_<
My favoutite is still the skua in action, as much for the action and setting captured as for the old argentic photo feel.

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And here's Limpy the pheasant, he hangs about in wintertime, we call him Limpy as we think he may have been in a fight with a cat, he can only put his weight on one leg
Don't be too sad, if the environment is healthy, natural selection will take care of him pretty soon.
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I think that may have happened already, he's normally hanging around by now

Seeing as the Skuas went down so well here's another couple, not quite good enough for flickr


This chick is probably only a day or two old. It's so sweet when you find one, or an empty egg that's hatched rather than predated, and when you turn round you'll more than likely see this

scary!
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We go camping at campsites in regional parks during summer, that's our idea of being outdoorsy . These campsites are so crowded with ppl most of the time, I often wonder what's the point, I don't feel any closer to nature when I'm surrounded by ppl. I love the nature you get to see there, Les, so peaceful.
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