700… an even number, but an odd feeling…

A fellow blogger commented on it being her third birthday on wordpress and this impressed me beyond words… 3 years ??? … seemed a blogging life time, as  I wondered if I’d ever make it…

photos from the loonybin” had made it 3 years… then I remembered “A Frank Angle” had been blogging since the first computer was discovered and internet came into being and had 1 500 posts… hell I’d never reach that….

Damn it if a little research didn’t frighten the katonkas out of me… I made my first post on the 30th March 2012 that’s two and a half years ago and this is my 700th post…. now I feel old…. half as old as A Frank Angle (will have to respect his age and call him Uncle) and getting close to Photos from the loonybin, (hell I might just have to call her Auntie)….

So who does one thank for being around this long ??

108 000 visitors to my site I would suppose are the first, cause they are there…. and hell that is approx. 150 views per post… My articles on “street article” (225 articles have received 200 560 reads, approx. 890 reads per article, wow this analysis is frightening)

31 000 odd comments made by others and myself… cause they have shown an interest…

and then wordpress for hosting my site without many hassles, or for allowing spammers to inundate my blog with their codswallop…

So here is a post that might be longer than usual but I do love these photos and want to share them with you all…

Thank you for being just so much more than followers, but rather the friends that you have become….

In reflection over the last 699 posts………….

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Pondering on the posts made, visits and comments…..

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Looking back I might have done some things differently…..

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Hell I might even have been accused of being windy…..

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I’m sure we have shared a few secrets…..

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We might even have gossiped about others…

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BUT… I’m sure we have never fought….

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But rather looked out for each other… aided and even shared each others posts….

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But what does the future hold for this blog..?? I’m sure while I have visitors, or people who comment and show interest…. even those that voice the love of learning from this blog… I will continue…

So here’s to stepping out of the mud and grime and continuing on with something I’ve really grown to love and can’t stop doing….

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Please come along and enjoy the ride as we head on down the road of bloggers sphere…

On the wings of love….

Just smile for me and let the day begin
You are the sunshine that lights my heart within
I’m sure that you’re an angel in disguise
Come take my hand and together we will rise

Thanks to Jeffrey Osborne for the lyrics of  – On The Wings Of Love

Whilst at the bird hide, a certain white-throated swallow came and perch near at hand begging to have its photo taken. The wind was blowing and it kept its pose as I moved to as near as possible…

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It then dropped off the security wire to a reed nearby…..

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What beautiful eyes you have.. and leathery cheek…

I love this shot I took with a little zoom… the bird remained un-perturbed by my hand over the ledge adjusting the zoom…

I probably would never have been able to see the birds eye so close, or for that matter, the leathery type skin of the cheek, if this bird had of known I was in the hide…

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I loved this shot for the artistic shape and form of the feathers… the bird was preening behind its wing… also with a little zoom…

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One of the other birds that was in close proximity was watching me with great interest….

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One can almost hear it saying “I have my eye on you, try anything funny and I’ll warn my friend !!”

How low can you go… over the edge for me..

Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum).

I paid a favourite spot a visit yesterday and was rewarded in a different way. Phyllis or Lorna, not sure which one, was standing directly below the edge of the hide. I could not lean out she would have moved, so I merely pointed my camera over the side and used my tilting screen to focus and take the shots.

She was preening away happily and seemed to take little to no notice of the camera… But these are what you could call close encounters of the unexpected kind…. here’s a picture to show the set up….

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and these were a few of the resultant captures….. I like them…

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IF YOU WISH TO KNOW A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THE CROWNED CRANE YOU CAN GO TO MY PREVIOUS POST BY CLICKING ON THIS SENTENCE.

A bitch/moan about something, post…

I commented on a blog the other day about something that I felt I needed to get off my chest and felt this might just be the place to do it…

I don’t want to bore you with the Bulldog getting all serious and becoming a poster of moans and groans…. BUT… I forgot what it was all about, … SO … I can’t not post, so sorry all I have that is ready for posting is flamingo photos… so if you’ve had enough, switch off now and look anyway… or continue….

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I PROMISE I WON’T POST ANY MORE … (glad you can’t see my fingers crossed…. hell that now takes me back to my childhood… how did crossed fingers negate a promise ?)

Have I ever shown you a Flamingo photo ?

I’m sure you haven’t seen my flamingo photos… No you haven’t !!

A few more of the captures I can’t get enough of myself… I am actually quite proud of these captures… very special to me…..

What is it I love about this photo ? You can hardly see the ripples on the water except where their reflection is…

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I love this one because of the grass reed reflection in the top… and what is flying there ?

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This Flamingo’s neck seems to get into an almost impossible bend, is it a camera angle ?

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This one is a favourite, don’t ask me why… I can’t answer,  have no reason…

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I just love this loner…. and its reflection…

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Crowned Crane.. a Phyllis Diller bird I call Lorna…

I’m sure you all know Phyllis and that famous hair style that looked like she’d been pulled through a bush by the feet….

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The bird even has a certain likeness……

don’t know to whom I must credit this photo, or if there is a copy right…

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BUT this is a bird I call Lorna…. and I know another Lorna who has recently finished her second book… or is it her third ?? To read more on this book click here..  CLICK CLICK AND CLICK AGAIN.

Or if you want to buy the kindle version you can go directly here…..

But back to Lorna….

As she came strolling through the mud towards us….

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Someone shouted out “Get a pair !!!” now we don’t know who they were talking to, but the bird reacted immediately…

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“I’m a female” she said and promptly checked…. she moved on into the water, confused now by the comment, as confused as we were….

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Do yourself a favour and go to the Lorna link… I believe she is even going to give the book away sometime… maybe someone should tell her she can’t feed herself by giving the book away…