10/7/16

A busy garden

In between the bouts of rain over the last few days, I have managed to 
capture these lovelies.

English goldfinches were brought over and some inevitably escaped. There
is a huge flock of them that hang around the paddocks  surrounding the house.


Blackbird

Starlings

This might be a female blackbird.



32 comments:

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Wonderful bird photos!
Ah, Spring!

Kalantikan said...

Lovely captures you got there! It looks like rainbows are common sights in NZ. There were double rainbows at the east when we were in the bus from Rotorua back to Auckland. I tried so hard capturing it but of course not good because of the running bus and the glass windows. Oh how i wish i am in a private car and we can stop!

Margaret Adamson said...

Love all the bird imaes but that rainbow shot is just perfect.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

A very English-looking collection.

TexWisGirl said...

i hope my comment 'took' but i'm not sure. loved these all the way through! thank you!

Jim said...

Great shots

Linda W. said...

Beautiful rainbow capture!

bill burke said...

The birds know a good place when the see one. The rainbow is perfect, very impressive!

Bob Bushell said...

A british eyes, but, it's not. I love them.

Mama Zen said...

Really beautiful shots!

abrianna said...

That is a gorgeous rainbow shot.

Regarding GIMP - I have tired it on and off over the years. I would like to learn more of its capabilities but for now I use it for the fun filter effects. Some of the filters I use in the G'MIC plug in can be found in the regular GIMP program but G'MIC gives you more filters and even the ones that look like repeat filters have many parameters to play with so you can adjust sizes, the center, the edges, etc...

And both GIMP and G'MIC are free. I want to do one of those shots where it looks like boxes and furniture are flying in the air especially since I have boxes of stuff and some furniture in disarray here.

Denyse Whelan. said...

Oh wow, I so envy your skills and capture of the bird close ups!! Wonderful!

Pauline W said...

I'd like to have some of those little goldfinches around, they are delightful birds. Plenty of blackbirds here but I've never been able to capture them, let alone catch one with a worm.

Brona Joy said...

Beautiful close ups of the birds & the rainbow is glorious! Spring in NZ is so green!

Christine said...

Fantastic shots of the birds! you can tell its spring as the grass is so green! I loved the rainbow too!

Rhonda Albom said...

Wow, the birds and the rainbow - what a great collection. These shots are great. The first bird is really beautiful, and the blackbird with the worm - wow.

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Lovely to see your birds,the starlings seem to be having a conversation...
Fabulous landscape with rainbow!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Gorgeous gardens! I love that rainbow, too. Thanks for sharing...and here's MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Lovely photos. I'm especially impressed by your pictures of birds. Very nice.

Louise said...

We have all these introduced birds in Australia. I like seeing the goldfinches about, although they are more an occasional visitor where I live. Lovely photo of him though.

Suko said...

Love the birds, "'shrooms", and the double rainbow. Each photo is stunning!

Debbie said...

a magnificent rainbow, what a beautiful sight!!!

Amy Franks said...

oh how pretty, you got some good shots there

joanna said...

I bet our UK birds are having a great time over there with you. How nice tohave an entire flock of goldfinches.

Breathtaking said...

Hello!:) What a glorious rainbow, and your photo is so beautiful. Loved seeing all your garden visiters, and wish I could see the goldfinch in my garden. Lovely shots of all the birds.:)

Sue Jackson said...

Your photos are always SO gorgeous! I especially like the first one, of the Goldfinch - such vibrant color and close-up detail.

Thanks for sharing a glimpse of NZ!

Sue

Book By Book

Debbie said...

i did not say in my first comment but the capture of the english goldfinch is stunning. beautiful clarity!!

Nina said...

Such a wonderful rainbow you've captured! And the goldfinch is so fine ~ I hope to see one someday!

Kleine Sternenwolke Annisa said...

A nice post!
The photo of the rainbow is so beautiful!
Have a good start in the next week.
Many greetings Andrea

Anni said...

I look at your photos and find it so interesting that you have exactly the same birds in your garden as I have in mine here in Stockholm!

Frida, Bilbo e Sofia Cats said...

How many birds gorgeous !!!!
I enjoyed the bird the first picture is very beautiful !!!!
A meow of Bilbo

Ida said...

What a pretty bird in your first shot, never seen one of those before. I like the colors on the starlings by the fence. I've never gotten a good photo of one here. - Love, Love, Love your rainbow shot.