Tufted ducks

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When I made the pictures of my last post I hadn’t gone to the park just to make pictures of old men, but to see if I could find the tufted ducks someone else had spotted there. And yes, there they were! Cute little ducks with – of course – a little head tuft and a blue beak.

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The female wanted another picture with just her.

In the park

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You would expect feeding the birds in the park to be an activity for young childeren or elderly ladies. But very often I see elderly men doing the same.

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But of course what they really come for is a little chat with their cronies, discussing serious subjects like the global financial crisis or the moods of their wifes.

Finch

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Another picture taken with my new lens. This finch was much farther away than the sparrow of my last log so I had to do some cropping. But handheld with a shutterspeed of 1/125 I am not dissatisfied.
And yes I know, that appeltree needs pruning badly. But then, if I cut all those little branches away, will the birds still be coming?

Nikon 70-300 VR

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This picture was taken with my new lens, the Nikon 70-300 VR. It is a first step towards serious birdphotography. Of course for the real thing I will need a longer lens than this, but in my own backyard it is OK. Moreover a real big lens is not only very expensive, but also very heavy. And for me (weak female) the 70-300 with its 740 grams is already quite a weight to carry. Meaning I will have to build some muscle first. So handling my camera with my new lens attached to it will be a good workout. Much more fun than dumbells.

Amersfoort by night

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Well, it wasn’t really night actually. It was early evening. You can tell by the fact that the square was almost deserted while, judging by the number of bars and cafes, it will be quite a bit livelier later on. Unfortunately I did not have the opportunity to try that out.

Mist

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This is a typical image of a typical november day. Peacefull and a little sad. For the first time this year I feel a tingle of happy anticipation for christmas. Maybe, just maybe it is nog such a bad idea after all, all those lights and good food and warmth and happiness. Well of course reality is totally different, certainly for the majority of inhabitants of this planet, but the idea is nice. Though I already know for certain that on the first of january 2009 I will be very happy to know that next christmas is still almost a year away.

So many bicycles

I made a special catagory for bicycles because they are so prominently present in the streets of all dutch cities there is no getting around them, somtimes literally. Especially around bus- and trainstations there are such enormous herds of bicycles that it seems almost impossible to find your own vehicle back. Just imagine that you have had a few beers that have affected your memory a bit and you want to cycle home. Nightmares! I have seen people searching there crying of frustration.

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Novemberbeach

The grasses that grow on the beach of Schiermonnikoog (one of the Dutch Waddensea islands) have grown orange in november, giving the landscape an almost tropical look. But believe me, when you are standing there in the flesh, it does not feel tropical at all. With icy winds blowing around your ears, it feels more like Alaska. The structure in the background is the floor of a beachhut of which the walls and roof have been stored elsewhere on the island for the duration of the winter.

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Wants

Ik weet niet precies wat voor soort wants dit is, want ik vond er verscheidene die er op lijken. Misschien is er een deskundige in de zaal?

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