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Feeding the Birds

By Hop-A-Long  
What a warm day yesterday was, I got plenty done in the garden, the tatties are planted finally, the cricket was missed, but the tea still flowed. Oh, and the dogs lay asleep on the settee during all this activity, proving I am nothing like a dog, bare with me I have an itch behind my ear which I can only reach with my foot.
Today is tidy up day, there is loads of rubbish in the garden which needs chucking. Who said "there will be more rubbish when I go outside", the cheek of it.
It seems never ending at the minute, although it will be worth all the work in the end, I hope. I can see myself sitting out there with the BBQ going, enjoying fresh veg and pretty flowers with buzzy bees and other insects going about their business of posing for photographs. Of course, by the time I've finished there will probably be snow on the ground and Santa going down the chimney. Being stubborn or so I'm told, I'll still sit out with the BBQ alight enjoying sprouts and empty flower beds in my hawaiin shorts. What an awful thought, not the cold but me in shorts. Having said all that, at least the insects will be easier to photograph cocooned inside tiny ice cubes.

Todays upload was taken the very day I got my little Nikon.
I took a wander around Mowbray Park in Sunderland, the sun was going down and there were the remains of the snowfall from a few days before. Everyone was wrapped up to try and keep out the bitter cold. There were children playing in the distant playground, the sound of which broke the deathly silence that had fallen over the rest of the park.
I was not alone as I meandered around the pond looking at the birds, a lady arrived with a bag of bread to feed the adbundance of feathered friends that were calmly enjoying the water and the slight warmth of the low sun.
As the bread crumbs began to be scattered the birds flocked around the lady, once alone in her small area of the park she now had hundreds of friends all wanting to be with her, even if only for a short while.
Watching from the other side of the pond, I felt a bit like someone who hadn't been invited to a party, but was watching the festivities through a window.
I decided I would capture this moment, just as I took the shot there was a loud noise from the nearby road, this spooked the birds who left rather hurriedly as if a fire alarm had been rung, none of them saying thank you or goodbye to their host.
The birds never returned, it was as if they blamed the lady for the noise.
She spread the remaining crumbs around, wrapped herself tightly in her coat and made for the exit.
The party was over.

I hope you like this one, thanks for looking and for any comments.

Tags: Bread Party Birds Winter Cold Sun Feed Portraits and people Park mowbray

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saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
21 May 2012 12:05PM
Fantastic and wonderful capture,very well done,

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franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
21 May 2012 1:33PM
Impressive capture.

gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
21 May 2012 2:06PM
I come on site thinking I have a few moments to catch up on a few and find myself using them to read your write ups, I just get immersed in your stories and the time is gone, great fun though, a great shot too. - gary
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
21 May 2012 2:35PM
Good reading and shot!Smile
great photo like it Grin
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
21 May 2012 3:05PM
Amazing chaos!
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
21 May 2012 3:18PM
I believe you Andy,and I am sure that it was not you that let off the bang to get the pic' !!
Good shot of them all in a flutter here.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
21 May 2012 4:16PM

Quote:Amazing chaos!
Spot on.
I like the flurry of wings, I find the top section of the frame distracting. I'd be inclined to crop down to the 'top' of the path, the point where it turns sharp left and disappears from sight.
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
21 May 2012 4:37PM
I am a great admirer of little compact cameras - in the right hands. They prove that it's the photographer that takes the picture after all. And the motion blur is a treat!. If in doubt, shoot Smile
Love the story - as usual.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
21 May 2012 5:23PM
Takes a lot of bread to feed them all

danbrann Plus
13 637 17
21 May 2012 5:41PM
Tip top Andy.
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
21 May 2012 6:02PM
Wonderful flurry of wings. I have a similar image in my PF and I was glad the birds didn't fly over me. I do agree with Moira about the crop from the top. I think it will simplify the image and remove distracting objects.

21 May 2012 8:51PM
What a mass of birds, didn't notice the lady at fist.
ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
22 May 2012 11:08AM
very nice work..
A vote from me...

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
9 Jun 2012 10:30PM
You've caught the action superbly Andy and your write up was most entertaining to read as always

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