Feb Day 5 Photo Challenge

The African Grey Parrot has 8000 feathers. How someone would know this i don’t know but its very interesting to know as I own one called Bella who is 2 years and 10 months old.

They can live to 70 years old. She is very affectionate and we share a special bond


What is really amazing is Bella communicates with my wife Ruth listening and learning words.

I love birds and just watching their behaviour is fascinating to me. Observing them on a daily basis is interesting and gives me an understanding that no book or article can do

From Bella in my house to the Kestrel or Barn Owl in the wild the bird has become a very important part of my life, and having the ability to capture them is so rewarding.

Kestrel Today

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I am 63 years old and and since a boy have had an interest in wildlife and in particular birds. I help my Dad with the rearing of young finches and other birds. I had many small birds as pets and as i got older and joined the Military i purchsed my first Camera, and fold out Kodak. Over a 22 year period i enjoyed many countries outside the uk and observed many species of birds. When i left the military in 2000, i bought my first digital camera a Canon 450D with a Tamron 70-300 and started my journey on capturing images of birds and animals. I quickly learned that there was a lot more to getting a good image of a bird, so i started to research the best settings for my camera in order to capture a better image. Over a 12 month period i realised that needed to invest in a better camera and lens and after research bought a Canon 50D and a 100-400 Lens. It was 2013 when i really got to grips with the setup and came across a lovely Short Eared Owl. From that meeting i started to concentrate on Owls as they fasinated me. From Canon to Olympus i recently jumped ship again to Sony. The variety of birds i have captured over a 10 year period is vast and at present i have a wildlife hide in lancashire where most of my images are captured.

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