wings and things

Up close and personal

on February 6, 2012

Okay, now that I’ve figured out how to zoom in for a good photo, and have taken advice from fellow bloggers who are proper photographers, I believe I have a few half-decent photos of the many birds you’ve been reading about. I hope these pics are better than my usual standard!

Here is Godfrey, the gander, who guards the other geese. He and I share a love/hate relationship which works quite well – i.e. I give him bread, he nearly bites my hand off, I say ‘no Godfrey!’ and then we repeat the ritual. Don’t ask me why I persevere! Maybe it’s just that I admire his magnificent stance; after all, to him I am but a mere mortal.

And below we have Brad, the adolescent blue peacock showing his fiancee, Angie, a white peahen, that he is getting into the groove. He is pretty thrilled to now be developing those famous ‘eyes’ in his feathers!

Angelina doesn’t seem terribly impressed but she may simply be a little confused?

Another character who has featured in many of this blog’s posts is Zaruma. We raised Zaruma from a very young age and, now that he’s a big boy, he can actually get the better of Godfrey, despite having been bullied earlier. Go Zaruma!

And, to cap this little experimental photo journey off – my best photo of today is of my least favourite bird (Tina Turner, the rooster who attacks my legs all the time). He didn’t do so today because my camera was intimidating him; also he seemed to almost be posing! Now that I know he isn’t a hen, I have promised to re-name him Sam if he stops the attacks!

Are the photos okay?

16 responses to “Up close and personal

  1. Jane Terren says:

    Fab.. you’ve well and truly done me out of a job!!

  2. artfulanxiety says:

    Awesome photos. I like the photos of the two most aggressive birds. Must be because they’re posing for the camera, which I guess they are sizing up.

  3. Fergiemoto says:

    Great photos, especially the peacocks!

  4. gus57 says:

    A latent talent, perhaps? Your birds are posers, that’s for sure.

  5. Bob Zeller says:

    The bottom one is spectacular!!

  6. victoriaaphotography says:

    Wonderful mages, Julie,

    The details of each bird are much easier to see.

    The last photo is particularly good. You’ve got the light and shade just right.
    Some of your photos in this post…..almost……make the birds appear human. (dare I say it. LOL)
    I love the first peacock image also.

    The feather detail in Zaruma’s portrait is excellent – well done !

  7. Ingrid Rickersey says:

    Great pix … let us know when Brad and Angie will be getting married, won’t you?

  8. bluebee says:

    Awesome shots, Julie!

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