Uphilldowndale

Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Black Birds in Every Direction

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Black birds, crows rooks, choughs in every shade of black and  in all sorts of places

Preening

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Courting

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Nest building

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Down by the cathedral in St Davids, in the ruins of the bishop’s palace, some serious nest building (I messed up some shots here, by accidentally leaving the camera on the wrong setting,  I’m loath to admit it, but my need bifocals can not be far away.)

But I’m sure you’ll get the gist of them; that when building your new home,

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it is wise to measure up before going to the builders merchants

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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

7 thoughts on “Black Birds in Every Direction

  1. Very Stephen King, those first shots. I’m thinking “The Stand” here. Creepy. Stephen King, not Mrs Uhdd, of course!

    As for the glasses, I keep teasing my hubby that the newspaper is being held further and further from his face, and he’s going to run out of arm’s length someday.

  2. Love the blurry speeding effect.

    Go for varifocals not bifocals. Oh, and if you afford it, the best type of lens available, with the wide-screen effect. I swear by mine.

  3. Thank you for my morning chuckle. Nest-building birds are just like new homeowners, busy busy and headed in twelve directions at once.

    Bifocals aren’t so bad. I really liked what we called a continuous lens–just a gradual blend from top to bottom. (That might be the same thing Joss is talking about, or maybe varifocals are a newer and spiffier product? I am out of date in almost every regard.) I found it very easy to adjust to my nice big lenses. One year I bought some sharp-looking small lenses, and was sorry.

  4. I leave the camera on the wrong setting even with my good bifocals on. I wouldn’t bank on new glasses helping too much.

  5. My eyes have readjusted and I now need glasses only for reading but there was a period when I needed them for both close work and distant vision. That’s when I thought it would be a good idea to get varifocals. Bad mistake: they are dreadful things and I would warn anyone off them. The field of focus is so narrow that it is like looking through a keyhole. I couldn’t even read a paperback without moving my head left and right because it was impossible to bring a whole line of text into focus.

    I solved the problem by having reading spectacles made loose enough to perch on the end of my nose. That way I can look down through them for close work and over them for distance. If you need specs for distance as well as close work, that may not work for you, of course.

    I am too squeamish to use contact lenses but if you are not, then that may be a solution.

  6. At the risk of seeming promiscuous (I have already said gulls are one of my favourites) , I am very fond of the corvids too. They are very intelligent creatures and have been observed performing quite complex problem-solving activities.

    Just this evening we were in Parliament Hill Fields watching the well established crow colony there.

  7. Bifocals? Lordy, I’ve been in trifocals for years now. When you spend as much time as I do on a computer (on which I make my living), they are a must. Bottom focal for close work, top focal for far away, and middle focal set for the distance between my eyes and my computer screen — which I measured with a tape measure and had the ophthalmologist take into account. I also have the variable tint kind that change from dark to clear in accordance with the light level — the sunlight is quite bright and harsh here.
    Oddly enough, I read books without my glasses.

    Looks like you were able to get some great shots of the birds in action. Jackie Morris, the children’s book author/illustrator lives near St. David’s too.

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