The rapid changes in the weather and lighting conditions really make photography challenging these days. On the same setting on the camera one minute you can get clear crisp photos and shutter speeds are 1/000 or 2/000 sec. A few minutes later the slightest movement of the subject blurs the picture and speeds are down to 1/25 sec. At this rate I am going to wear out the ISO change button!
One solitary juvenile Magpie visits quite a few times each day. I wonder where the other one went. It no longer bounces around on its invisible space hopper but now walks across the ground. Occasionally it will stay long enough for a few decent shots like this one which shows what a large array of colours there are when the light catches them in the right direction.
I had always thought of Magpies as being just black and white and it is only this year I have really noticed the blue on their wings. This young bird also shows quite a bit of green, especially on the tail feathers.
Also noticeable is the different arrangement in the feathers over what I assume is the bird's ear. This shows to a lesser extent on the adults as these feathers are only a slightly different shade of black and the light needs to be in the right direction for the difference to show up.
After the early arrival of Henry a couple of nights ago I have put out the food at an earlier time but they don't play the game and nobody has arrived early since then. The night before last Honey was there by herself when I let Bobby out at bedtime. Last night was a complete surprise. At bedtime I could see two hedgehogs on HoggyCam with one travelling slowly backwards as I have seen many time in the past. When we went out I was taken completely by surprise. Those were both large hogs and on the paved area there was also a smaller Hedgehog. This is the first time I have seen three feeding together here. Of course as it was bedtime I had already packed the cameras away and I knew they would disappear before I could get one out - which they did!
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