Lock And Load

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    1. Have you ever heard a Wood Sparrow singing? It is one of the most enticing sweet bird songs I’ve ever heard. The warblers are fascinating too. I’m so glad you stopped by to enjoy the opportunities Mother gave me. I’ve got to get my “bird hands and eyes” more skilled and steady again. Practice. And so I will. Have a great day, Gigi! xo

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    1. Thank YOU, Ally. That Robin picture is my favorite one. I got lucky how I shot this and where this Robin was standing. I love it when everything in the entire frame flows seamlessly. So glad you enjoyed!! xo

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  1. Awesome shots Amy! I love the wood sparrow – omg – so adorable!! The robins here are really different, I’ve almost whats a US robin looks like!! Thanks for the smile and relief of stress!! Very much enjoyed!! Much love, Donna

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    1. We all have to choose to turn our backs on stress, Donna. Stress itself will cause damage to our immune system and from there, dis-ease. The worry, the fear, the stress, I just will NOT allow the absolutely insanity to grab me and harm me. I am living my life as normally as I can. The only change I am making is coming up with an exercise program for the lack of the gym. I will NOT even think about what is going on in this country and in this world.
      I did not know your Robins look different. Huh. Interesting to note for me to later do some research. Thank you for telling me. Keep smiling, dear friend. We’re gonna get through all this. We shall! What will destroy us is the fear. Here is an article Sue Dreamweaver showed me:

      https://centerforcreativeconsciousness.com/the-virus-of-fear/?fbclid=IwAR04IR5HXWidCmPSQ5fXl1sdze-4rtkrA4uWw0LBbJznRXjPc6iSbGt8JgU

      LET ME KNOW if this works. Please read this!!! (((HUGS))) and LOVE!! xoxoxoxo

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  2. Great shots as always AR…..Can’t mistake that Grackle! Glad you were able to get out. I made my last run to the grocery store this morning and now am locked in for the duration…Hope it goes by quick but it will drag with no books to read 😦 Stay well and hugs to you…VK ❤

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    1. Thank you, VK. Yes I agree about the Grackle. Very distinctive bird! Our last run was today as well. Now it is just those items that need to be restocked when we run out. How impossible other human beings have made this situation for all of us.
      Our libraries are closed too. I’m going to have to dig through my own books to see what I can read until I can go back to our library. Everything will work out. No worries. Much love to you!! xo

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    1. Thank you, Kamal. You are the first so far to say anything about my poem. SMILES That darn bird I listened to for a long time but not once did I see movement. It was as though he was invisible. I’ve had enough stress for a while. Everything mostly outside of this home I no longer recognize. Many Blessings to you and much love! xo

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    1. I at times just close my eyes and drink in the bird songs, Dan. I’m getting good at ID’ing their songs. When I heard that darn Flicker I got so excited! But! It was as though he and I were in different worlds. I could hear him but no way did I see him. Happy Spring to you! It’s official for me! LOL xo

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  3. Beautiful photos Amy, even if you think, they are only for practice yet 😀
    As I live in a city now, I don’t have so many chances to photograph the birds, but I do enjoy listening to them in the very early morning at my walks with Odin. A beautiful start at my day.
    Much love to you ❤

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    1. So happy you stopped by to see these birds, Irene. I love to listen to their songs. OH how I’ve missed them and to now hear them I cherish! At times I just stop, close my eyes and listen to them. I will be shooting a lot more birds and when I do I will show all here.
      Much love to you!! Be safe and well!! xoxoxo

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    1. Aw, Jude, thank you so very much! Yesterday was one very tough day and thank goodness today was so much better. I’m so touched you stopped by to enjoy my contribution of light in the storm that has made this world so dark. Much love to you!! xo

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  4. Amy, time and time again, you manage to take my breath away with your photos. Those birds so far away but the feathers so clear as if they were just an inch away. Amazing. That one plant with the buds may be a Hamamelis (hazelnut).

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    1. Aw, thank you, Erika, so much! I have such a spectacular camera and lens and the proof is what I have been showing here. The buds I showed were from a huge tree …. not sure what it was. Hope you had a great day today! Much love to you! xo

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      1. Thank you, Amy. We are having a very good home-office day. The weather is beautiful and there is more time for me to go for the many things which have accumulated on my list. This is a big positive side for me in this whole scenario. Take care, Amy 💖

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  5. Your journey into the woods is always a stress removing journey dear lady, I look forward to each post as I ‘know’ it is going to be an adventure. I must ask what lens did you use on the Robin, the sunlight on branches behind its head created an interesting affect indeed? 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋

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    1. Thank you for your interest in my lens, Mark. First off, the light was just right so that is why the background looks like it does. My lens I used is a Canon EF 100-400mm Mark II with a 1.4 extender on it. Total focal length for this shot was 560mm. I cannot say enough good about this lens. It has never let me down! Now when I don’t get the AF in due to branches and such, that is on me. All lenses are like that.
      I so look forward to hunting birds this Spring. That Flicker had me hooked but no matter how hard I looked nowhere could I see that bird. When I finally get him, you will hear me shout all the way to Aussie Land!! LOL Much love to you!! xo

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  6. I can completely understand how you felt when you find most of the pictures you took go to trash bin. I think photographers are like a fisherman sometimes where you catch no fish. But what are shown here are awesome!

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    1. Aw, thank you, YC. The more I practice the less garbage pictures I’ll have. I’m not used to shooting birds and believe me, there are muscles and reflexes that are a bit rusty. That and I have to get used to using TV again. I really liked your thoughts comparing a photographer to a fisherman. That put a smile on my face. Thank you! xo

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    1. Thank you, John. As you are well aware of, the list of Sparrow species is rather long. I was undecided between the Song Sparrow and the Wood Sparrow. You are just so full of information and it doesn’t stop with war documentaries. Now I know how to better ID this bird all because of your help. Have a great day!! xo

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  7. I stepped outside this morning and heard the birds singing. It is one of my favorite sounds. Thank your for an up close and personal look at these small feathered friends that have given and continue to give joy to my heart.
    Keep shining your light through your words and photos.
    Stay healthy,
    Ali

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    1. Thank you, Ali. Your words lifted my spirit today as today for me has been heavy. I’m “feeling” the general energy more so today then yesterday. I need to go back to this forest to detox. I love hunting for birds with Spring being my favorite time of the year to do so. It’s so exciting to see all the birds coming back after Winter’s absence.
      Bless you and you stay healthy as well. Keep smiling ….. Much love to you! xo

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  8. I so enjoyed your post, Amy, with the different beauties you spotted and photographed for us. I really appreciate what a photographer goes through with their camera, light, steadiness, and efforts, and liked hearing about your goals and accomplishments. Your “wood sparrow” is a song sparrow, known for their lovely song, so it is no surprise that you were impressed with the serenade. And your clear photo of the song sparrow is very close to what the experts publish. I loved seeing the pussy willow too. Many thanks.

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    1. Ah, Jet, I meant to change my error. After I published this post, I found out that Sparrow was a Song Sparrow. I even SAID at the park that this was a Song Sparrow to a woman who enquired what I was shooting at, but then I doubted myself. As you know there are so many different species of Sparrows.
      THANK YOU for the compliments about these images. You of all people know what it takes to get pictures like these. The light that day was just perfect! I was wrestling with TV as I again familiarized myself with it but today as of this writing, I’m a lot more confident shooting in this mode. I’m [again] getting the hang of it!
      I look forward in finding more birds. And oh, that “Flicker song” I heard was actually a Red-Bellied Woodpecker song. I did research on that one. Their songs are similar. I don’t think Flickers are here yet.
      I’m thrilled you stopped by and I’m touched you keep correcting my errors. Anyone who is a birder knows the difficulty sometimes in ID’ing a bird. This year I am doing so much better with ID’ing just from the song without seeing the bird. I’m making progress. LOL
      Stay safe and healthy!! xo

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      1. Oh yes, birding ID is a lifelong project, so I’m glad you didn’t mind my correction. And congratulations on progressing with the birdsong IDing. Cheers to you, dear Amy.

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  9. Oh Amy, these birds are truly gorgeous and you’ve captured their essence so beautifully. Thank you for brightening my morning. Sending you heaps of love and virtual hugs from Australia 🌸❤️🥰

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    1. Miriam, bless you for your compliments. As this Spring season unfolds, I’ll improve, though I must admit I’m mighty proud of some of these captures. (smile) I’m so glad I made your morning a bit brighter.
      I return your heaps of love from New York. Big HUGS as well!!! Have a great weekend and stay safe!! xo

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    1. Time and time again birds seem to pose for me. They are life-like for they have a beating heart. I attempt to take each bird’s picture in such a way that it almost looks 3-D. Practice. Lots of it and still learning!

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