As a keen birdwatcher my word association with “feathers” has to be “birds”.

And what a lot of gear I seem to have needed to enjoy then simple pleasure of watching our feathered friends.

Over the years the equipment I carry around has evolved from

(a) binoculars

(b) binoculars and telescope

(c) binocular, bridge camera with zoom lens plus point and shoot camera attached to telescope by means of digiscoping kit

(d) binoculars, DSLR camera, 100-400 lens, macro lens, lens clamp for bird hide (or perhaps a monopod or a tripod)

And then it all got too heavy for me, so I’ve gone back to carrying only binoculars.

I’m just a birdwatcher again.  And how relaxing this is, though the telescope will come out again in winter as we live in an area well visited by migrant birds.

I’ve selected a few images from many hundreds for this week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Feathers

Little Egret Leighton Moss RSPB flight feathers

Little Egret ©HelenBushe


Mandarin Duck

Mandarin Duck ©HelenBushe


Young Swallow Wicken Fen

Young Swallow at Wicken Fen ©HelenBushe


Young Swallow (close up)

Young Swallow (close up) ©HelenBushe

I’m sure there will be so many different takes from bloggers all around the world on the theme of Feathers. You’ll find them by clicking on the icon below:




bushboy · 1 March 2017 at 02:56

Lovely bird photos. I enjoy photographing birds too

    HMB · 1 March 2017 at 09:44

    Thanks. I’ll check out your blog.

      bushboy · 1 March 2017 at 10:22

      Great….enjoy the look around

Amy · 18 September 2016 at 17:44

Remarkable bird series, Helen! 🙂

    HMB · 18 September 2016 at 18:36

    Thanks Amy.

Cee Neuner · 7 September 2016 at 17:11

Excellent. entry for feathers.

Laurie Graves · 31 August 2016 at 14:21

Oh, my gosh! I am so envious of those pictures. Simply beautiful! Alas, my wee wonder of a camera cannot get such magnificent shots. Sigh.

    HMB · 31 August 2016 at 20:05

    Thanks Laurie. The swallows were so close I could have touched them. They were babies with boundless curiosity and no fear at all. Their parents were swooping in every minute with insects for them.

Leah · 31 August 2016 at 00:35

Seriously fantastic shots! Amazing that you can bring us so close to these beautiful creatures.

    HMB · 31 August 2016 at 08:25

Arkenaten · 30 August 2016 at 21:12

Magnificent photos, Helen.

    HMB · 30 August 2016 at 21:14

    Very kind of you to say so.

cwaugh212 · 30 August 2016 at 21:11

I really love the two young swallow pictures. I’m going to have to learn how to capture images like these without scaring the birds.

    HMB · 30 August 2016 at 21:18

    Thanks Charles. These two young swallows were as interested in us as we were in them . They were so close that my telephoto lens was almost too long so I had to step back as far as I could without falling off the boardwalk.

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