Duck in Helsinki

A duck unknown to me in Helsinki, Finland. More critters at Camera Critters and Saturday’s Critters and more winged pictures at Wild Bird Wednesday and The BIRD D’Pot .

 

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Portrait of a house sparrow

DSC_8498There is a tree outside my bedroom window just the right height to let me spy on the sparrows. A few years back there was a vine that had covered the tree and the birds were very fond of the tree.  This is a female house sparrow. More information about house sparrows on Wikipedia.

I always come to think of the Swedish poet Nils Ferlin and his little sad poem about a sparrow when I see the bird. I have made a try to translate the poem below and at the bottom of the page is a Youtube-link to an artist singing the poem.

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English Swedish
Not even a gray little bird
who sings on the green twig
there is on the other side
and that makes me sad.

Not even a gray little bird
and never a birch that is white.
But on the most beautiful day that summer brings
it has happened that I longed to be on the other side.

Poem by Nils Ferlin with my attempt to translate it

Inte ens en grå liten fågel
Som sjunger på grönan kvist
Det finns på andra sidan
Och det tycker jag nog blir trist.

Inte ens en grå liten fågel
Och aldrig en björk som står vit.
Men den vackraste dagen som sommaren ger
Har det hänt att jag längtat dit.

Nils Ferlin

Buzzard in Andover

I think this is a buzzard at Andover Hawk Conservancy, one of several that were flown in a group at their raptor show.

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 Update: Many thanks to Gordon who says in his comment this could probably be a red kite. I wasn’t at all sure when I looked at my pictures what it was and couldn’t remember what was said. Only I can’t see any dip in the tail that the kites I have photographed before have so I am still not sure. But I took another look at the buzzards it seems that their tail are longer.

Bald sea eagle in Andover

A symbol for the United States – the bald eagle – and not native to the United Kingdom. He or she has just returned to his handler at Andover Hawk Conservancy after an excursion in the wild. I am very impressed with the birds at the conservancy. They were allowed to take excursions and returned to their handlers during the raptor show. Several vultures and several buzzards were also shown flying in a group.

This eagle has a twin in Europe – the sea eagle – without a white head.

More critters at Camera Critters and Saturday’s Critters and more winged pictures at Wild Bird Wednesday and  The BIRD D’Pot .

 

 

 

A promenade at Stonehenge

A rather large bird with the size of a goose, unknown to me,  promenaded itself at Stonehenge on Easter. More critters at Camera Critters and Saturday’s Critters and more winged pictures at Wild Bird Wednesday and  The BIRD D’Pot .

Update 2017-05-23 Gordon (see comment below) told me this was a rare bird, great bustard, that is reintroduced to the UK. A very cool and calm bird amongst the people visiting Stonehenge on easter. I Googled the bird and Wikipedia told that there are cirka 40 birds on the Salisbury Plains where this bird was seen. Many thanks to Gordon! 

Ruff – Calidris pugnax

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This is quite a peculiar bird as it has three different sorts of males or rather appearance of males. When in the mating season the majority of ruff males grows a spectacular breeding plumage. Most of the ruffs grow dark plumage but others have light plumage and a minority of the male ruffs looks like the females. This ruff is seen at Högholmen – Korkeasaari in Helsinki zoo in Finland in the middle of November 2016. The legs are grey so it should be a juvenile. More about it on wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruff

More critters at Camera Critters and Saturday’s Critters and more winged pictures at Wild Bird Wednesday and  The BIRD D’Pot .