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 Photo-a-Day      (Friday, 15th June, 2012) Views: 2,874 
Cooling down
 Cooling down   by John Burns  (Sony A55 SLT, Vivitar 500mm Lens, manual focus)
Blackbird cooling down.

Comment by Thomas(Tom)Walsh . on 15th June 2012 at 00:49
A quite outstanding photograph ,thank you
John .


Comment by Janet on 15th June 2012 at 01:11
I like it, it's a good pic...but somebody will be upset at a pic of a bird....


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 15th June 2012 at 04:25
Like the bird bath John, how tall is the support?
Refer my comment on P-a-D at 07:00 on 15th May`12 for poem `A Blackbird`s Nest`- don`t know of any for a bird bath !!


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 15th June 2012 at 04:39
Further to my earlier comment :-
A Bird In The Birdbath
A bird in the birdbath splashing around,
Failed to notice the cat, sneaking up on the ground.
Happily splashing in the little birdbath,
He became susceptible to the felines wrath.

Water splashed and feathers flew,
As the bird took off to the sky of blue.
Sadder and wiser he perched in the tree,
Staring down at the cat, that had made him flee.

Juan Olivarez


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 15th June 2012 at 05:02
Here`s another poem :-

BLACKBIRD FLIES

blackbird flies
onto bird bath
in its avian way
to sing and laugh

dips and ducks
feathers and shakes
its bobbing head
sweet picture makes

hops onto edge
flutters its wings
showers of droplets
on everything

takes look around
for foe or stranger
and disappears
out of danger


Comment by Garry on 15th June 2012 at 08:39
It's about time we had some birds on, its late spring you know. Good shot John.


Comment by Colin Harlow on 15th June 2012 at 08:49
A female Blackbird, nice to see birds this time of year, well done John.


Comment by john on 15th June 2012 at 08:53
Ernest, the bird bath is about 23 inch,s tall. All our garden birds use it , for some reason we are over run with blackbirds and nests we have a total of 5 nest in front and back garden and all are on there second clutch ,


Comment by Janice on 15th June 2012 at 09:49
Great photograph John. Just reminded me of the Henry Copper slogan in the advert for Brut "Splash it all over".

Nice poetry Ernest - I think you should be a nationasl treasure.


Comment by D. on 15th June 2012 at 10:14
Best picture for ages, well done John!


Comment by dirty harry on 15th June 2012 at 11:08
look its a picture of a bird in a bath, why must we all of a sudden start to think were all poets? if i look outside now and its raining do i start to sing RAIN RAIN GO AWAY COME BACK ANOTHER DAY its all tripe lets just look at the pictures and say nothing.


Comment by bill7 on 15th June 2012 at 12:05
Ernest to pick up on yesterday's tram theme when does the Manchester airport line start


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 15th June 2012 at 12:06
Ha! we`ve raised dirty harry - was beginning to think he`d emigrated !!


Comment by Syd on 15th June 2012 at 12:46
Ernest, it isn't mandatory that you comment on every single "Photo a Day". just thought that I would point this out, in case you thought that it was compulsory!


Comment by john on 15th June 2012 at 13:15
well , if you want some colourful birds ill take some and pop them on here .i have a camera looking into black birds nest awaiting the eggs to hatch ,ill post some pics soon as they hatch any day now.


Comment by tricia on 15th June 2012 at 14:44
dirty harry
Still taking charm lessons , I see.

Syd
Leave Ernest alone. It is none of your business who posts where on Wigan World.


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 15th June 2012 at 15:32
bill7,for Future Metrolink refer :-
http://www.metrolink.co.uk/futuremetrolink/
Date for completion to Airport is 2016.


Comment by Cyril on 15th June 2012 at 15:55
Great photo, she's enjoying herself too.

Shame about all the young birds that have perished in their nests in the recent floods in Wales and other places.


Comment by David Barker on 15th June 2012 at 18:17
Well captured John.....like it.


Comment by Jean F (Wales) on 15th June 2012 at 20:59
There you are Dirty Harry.....wondered if you had gone away.You have been very quiet for a long time!!You only say all these things to wind us up don`t you ?


Comment by Jean F (Wales) on 15th June 2012 at 21:07
We have 3 blackbirds visiting in our garden at the moment and are a joy to see.Mum dad and baby.They will follow us up the path to make sure we have food for them.They are quite comical because they run instead oh hopping like most birds.Where have all the robins gone?We havnt seen one at all so far..


Comment by ann21 on 15th June 2012 at 21:09
I feel so sorry for the young blackbirds when they first come out of the nest. They are so gormless. I was in the garden next to two of them and they just looked at me til the mother came flying down and scutched them away.


Comment by Thomas(Tom )Walsh on 15th June 2012 at 22:26
I along with many others,I am sure enjoy
Ernest Pyke contributions each day.Keep them coming Earnest !.


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 15th June 2012 at 22:53
Thanks Tom, people, like Syd, don`t have to read my cwomments.


Comment by OZMON on 18th June 2012 at 10:34
Dirty Harry, were you frightened by the horror film the birds, you seem to have a hatred of gods beautiful creations. Get a life, go out and see the birds in their habitat, and maybe get a camera and see what you can do.


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