Spoonbills on parade………

On the command………Sargeant-MajorWAIT for it……….eurasian-spoonbillEyes….. LEFT!HarmonyPrivate Pike, no leapfrog on parade!LeapfrogAnd for the Empress herself a clear case of “all fur coat……”All-Fur-CoatHere’s the bill.Egret-billAnd some ghostly shots to finish.Ghost-waders WaderblurI think it is fair to say I was bored in the hides today. Yawn…….


26 thoughts on “Spoonbills on parade………

      • Oh dear. How about a Good and an 8/10 then? I can’t remember what came below Good in my school marks at Junior School because I only ever got G or VG. Or occasionally VVG. Which would equate to 10/10.

      • At my school 7 came immediately before 8 but we did trad maths. I expect it has all changed nowadays. In the hide this morning the old fogey brigade (self included) were bemoaning the demise of the slide rule. I had just mastered sine, cosine etc and worked out the log tables when we switched to vectors, Venn diagrams and the like. We didn’t do computer science because nobody knew what a computer was. Calculators were the size of a cash register and cost roughly the GDP of Cyprus. And they tell us things are better now! Humbug.

      • I still have my slide rule πŸ™‚ But sadly not my log table book, therefore the slide rule is of little use. Not that I could use it nowadays πŸ˜€ I liked Venn and Vector too. Nice chaps. I did well at Maths O level πŸ™‚ My dad bought a huge calculator and referred to it as a computer πŸ˜€

        Of course things are better. Aren’t they? [true sign of ageing when you know they aren’t]

      • I didn’t understand Hot Fuzz. Too intellectual for me maybe. I need slapstick – clowns with buckets of water.

        Definitely shorter. And fatter. Or is that body armour?

      • I thought HF was a scream. I laugh every time we watch it. It helps that Timothy Dalton was in it too. The characters are so over the top they are brilliant. And the main character whatever he is called is so squeaky its unbelievable.

        I don’t know. I don’t think they wear body armour in Gib.

  1. All fur coat indeed! Well you seem to have made a damn fine job out of being bored. These are terrific. My favourite of course has to be All Fur coat BUT Here’s the Bill is excellent. Is that it’s tongue?? Goodness if it is, it gives a whole new meaning to ‘Kiss me French’

    • I’m not an expert on erget tongues, Lottie but I believe it is. The shape is designed to help it grasp slippery eels ( also known as Blairs).

    • The leapfrogger was an unexpected bonus when I went through the images Steve. Otherwise the day was a huge disappointment – the tides were all wrong and the birds didn’t perform. And I got up at 5am for that!

      • Too bad….but one man’s disappointment is another’s delight. Maybe not Wildlife Photographer of the Year images but still very enjoyable and nothing to sniff at, imo. πŸ™‚

  2. This series is absolutely beautiful, and I am not even a bird-crazy (just ordinary bird-lover). And wonderful birds, I have never seen these. Favorites: a lot of them!

  3. Fantastic series! I love those white spoonies and I am looking forward to a visit by their pink cousins here. The one fly hoping over the other is amazing and gotta love the GBH!

    • The hopper is a trick of perspective, Phil. The 800 has flattened it out – in reality the spoony is just taking off behind the other one. But it just looked like they were playing leap frog!!

  4. Wow, if that is your idea of a boring day, how can you stand to read my blog!!! ?? This was a fantastic post. You have a great sense of humor, and your photography is out of this world – or at least this neighborhood. We have woodpeckers here. Fantastic! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you Marsha. It is good to know people like the humour. With a wide audience you always have to think about how well understood certain references might be. Hopefully there is something for everybody.

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