Birds of a feather

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Good morning from a calmer, sunnier Hastings this morning.  Daylight savings started last night so it was a much later start to the day.  I am not so keen on the time changing but do love the longer evenings.

Yesterday was incredibly windy.  Hard to take photos of flowers when they are blowing in the wind so to speak.  I did mange to get some nice shots of the birdlife at Cornwall Park. The sparrows were much more accommodating than usual.  Maybe the wind blew away all the noises and scents so that they didn’t fly away like they normally do.

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These photos were taken on the Toamoana Road entrance at the duck pond.  The sparrows are hard case, they hang around the pond as they know that people will be coming to feed the ducks and they scrounge around for the crumbs.  It also means that they are not as flighty as in my garden.

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These photos were taken around the back of the park where there is a manmade canal there for the ducks.  If you look closely at the second photo there is a dead duckling behind the sparrows.  As I had taken these photos with the maximum lens I didn’t see it until I looked at it more closely on the computer.  The law of nature I’m afraid.  I have noticed that the number of ducklings is shrinking.

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Around this canal I spotted this sparrow on this leaf fan.  Again it obliged me by staying put just long enough for me to take a couple of photos.

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But that blur in the centre of this photo is the elusive fantail.  I have been trying to take a photo of one for several weeks now but they are like butterflies.  The don’t stay still for very long and flit around me, teasing me.  I need a shutter speed of at least 1/500 but it is hard when they mostly fly around the canopies of the trees and so it is darker.  By the time I have focused on them, they are gone anyway.  Watch this space.

I thought that the first photo is ideal to make into an embellishment.  I have tried different ways to make embellishments, using both Photoshop and the Mac’s Preview app.  It was longwinded and the Mac didn’t like doing too many and would stop on me.  So I spent several hours last night playing around with Photoshop and reading the book – Photoshop for Dummies and then with one simple click, by accident I found a very quick and simple way.  After I load the image I think click on the information layer to the right of the programme and change the layer to ). Voila.  Just go around the image with the magic wand or the lasso brush, push the delete button and there I was.  Soooo simple.

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Of course I found some cute ducklings.

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I found these three, very much alive ducklings cuddling up to each other with no mother duck around which was unusual.

 

Cheers and have a nice day.

Raewyn