The Cycle of Life: Spring Forces at Work

The weather has kept us at home.  Grey skies are one thing, but cold, damp, wind-driven rain is a force to be reckoned with.  And inspite of Drizabone, there still has to be enough light bring some decent exposure rates.
So. Home it is.

I was under the pergola, working with the Nikon 1 focusing variations, and noted our local female Blackbird going over the fence with a beakful of building material.  She stopped long enough on one trip that  I managed to get a reasonable shot of her at work.  “So,” thought I, “She must have a nest going in somewhere nextdoor.”

About an hour later, however I saw a Blackbird with head up and lots of wing flapping, and I reached for the camera, thinking it was probably a juvenile that was begging for food.

Tapdancing and singing
Tapdancing and singing


And a few seconds later, “Blackie”—sometimes I’m not to creative with names— flew up to the rooftop,  and after a few more wingflaps, it became obvious this was the female, and her nesting aspirations were in full force.

Clever bird that he is, he worked it out. Mind he probably has both experience and opportunity on his side.

Perhaps I should rate the site with an “R” rating?

Here tis.

No time to waste. The bigger the load, the bigger the nest.
No time to waste. The bigger the load, the bigger the nest.
At first I thought the wingflaps were for a feeding call.
At first I thought the wingflaps were for a feeding call.
She was quite insistant
She was quite insistant
And another little dance insused.
And another little dance insused.
But, it was time to get down to the business of making the next generation possible.
But, it was time to get down to the business of making the next generation possible.
Somehow she backed up against the roof ridge for support. I often wonder where the tails disappear to.
Somehow she backed up against the roof ridge for support.
I often wonder where the tails disappear to.

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3 thoughts on “The Cycle of Life: Spring Forces at Work

  1. Nice and really lively series, David. I leave the rating for you to decide.
    I also keep on wondering about the tail 😉
    Thanks for posting and have a nice day!

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  2. Hi David
    I think your running twenty sixteen theme for your blog, can you tell me how you did the main photo at the top of each post that scrolls away when you start to read. I have a site as well but cant see how youve done that!
    Cheers
    Oliver.

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