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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 23rd March, 2012)

Reed Bunting

Reed Bunting
Taken in the Bunting hide at Pennington Flash.

Photo: David Barker  (Nikon D3000 ,Tamron SP 70-300mm, VC lens @ 1/250s F/8)
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Comment by: john on 23rd March 2012 at 07:31

stunning to say the least David ,i have seen one or two in our garden but never been able to get a good photo , great photo .

Comment by: Rev David Long on 23rd March 2012 at 07:44

A pic I took of a reed bunting in our garden was published here last March (11th). The bird had just made its first appearance in our garden. It has continued to visit ever since - less during the warmer months - but then, once winter came, and up until now, we have had a small flock of them every day, and throughout the day.

Comment by: Ron D on 23rd March 2012 at 08:12

Nice one .

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 23rd March 2012 at 09:18

Yet another one for the `wildlife` lovers. What`s wanted is a separate `wildlife` section on Wigan World.

Comment by: Mick on 23rd March 2012 at 09:22

I might have seen them in our garden but I would put them down as sparrows.

Comment by: dirty harry on 23rd March 2012 at 10:06

"yes yes" i agree with you mr ernest pyke . taken at pennington flash you say ? this bird could of been taken in hyde park london for all we know . come on wigan world get a grip dont put little dickie birds on its a bore to look at.

Comment by: Cyril on 23rd March 2012 at 10:24

I too would have thought they were sparrows Mick. Excellent photo David.

Ernest, Wigan wildlife is far more varied and interesting than the characterless concrete and glass buildings of modern Wigan.

Comment by: Holly on 23rd March 2012 at 10:41

Ernest..if you don't like photo's of birds, stop looking at them!
It won't hurt you to ignore a particular photo. Also, let's have some shots from you as to what you want to see in photo-a-day.

Comment by: Syd of Australia on 23rd March 2012 at 11:27

As a Wigan "ExPat" living in Australia, I can't quiet understand the almost obsessive preoccupation with birds being constantly shown on photo a day. I am indeed a genuine animal lover and I have a very, very large gathering of birds at my home every day, they come and go as they please and it is indeed my pleasure to ensure that they can enjoy plenty of food and clean water.But I know that Wigan has a lot more to offer. It would appear that when all else fails, "We'll show a bird"! Ernest Pyke is right in his comments, you people may not like it but he is! It seems that a corn flakes box could be shown on photo a day and all the comments would be just how wonderful the photo is because it is a Wigan corn flakes box. I can't wait for all the comments regarding this post, and before you all make the usual
remarks "if you can do any better"
well I can and I have, but I live in Australia and that wouldn't add much to the wiganworld landscape would it?
This is "Wiganworld" not Wigan Ornithology!

Comment by: john on 23rd March 2012 at 11:49

one word ernest ,get out more and get a life .And as for ausi freind stay down under .

Comment by: Bren on 23rd March 2012 at 12:37

Well said John !!!!

Comment by: tricia on 23rd March 2012 at 13:34

Lordy, Syd, that was a boring , rambling statement.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 23rd March 2012 at 15:01

Well said dirty harry and Syd of Australia. Holly, I have to see what`s on Photo-a-Day so can`t avoid them.I said to Hugh Wilson on 14 March photo -"I only wish I could !!"

Comment by: Margaret Wall on 23rd March 2012 at 15:43

It just takes a second to click on Photo A Day and then, if you don't like the subject matter, another second to click off again. No need to get so het up about it!
Anyway, there's a lot of skill involved in wildlife photography and I think it's great that Wiganners can display their skill on Wigan World.

Comment by: Cyril on 23rd March 2012 at 15:52

Syd, Wigan did at one time have more to offer, but due to the town planners Wigan now looks very much the same as any other town centre in the UK, characterless concrete, glass and plastic edifices along with the same piped music being played so they don't upset the music royalties folk, whereas places that were at one time devoid of wildlife due to pollution from industry and pits, the wildlife has returned and gaining in abundance now these industries have gone.

Comment by: Ferg on 23rd March 2012 at 16:26

Poor folk can't win on here, they post a picture of Wigan and have people complaining how ugly and ruined half of it is, so they put on a nature shot and get moaned at just as much.

If you're that keen on knowing what the place looks like, don't move away in the first place.

Comment by: Ellen on 23rd March 2012 at 18:36

I refuse to comment, other than to say that it's a lovely photo David and thanks come from an ex-pat.

---Who,by the way,Ferg,is happy to be an ex-pat, but still enjoys seeing photo a day,every day,whether the subject be wild life, scenery or just plain nostalgia!

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 23rd March 2012 at 19:33

Well done David a beautiful shot, keep em coming.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 23rd March 2012 at 19:57

These photos of birds and animals around Wigan are absolutely beautiful and well taken. I am envious, wish I could shots as good as these.

On the otherhand, Ernest and Syd have very valid points. If photo a day is about Wigan (and area) then more photos of our local area should be shown.

I suppose a good mix of both would be best.


Comment by: Dave (Oy) on 23rd March 2012 at 20:18

Nice shot David!

It's 23rd March - we've had THREE bird photos this month. Hardly a wildlife photo takeover is it?

Comment by: tricia on 23rd March 2012 at 22:16

Hiya Fred
But the birds are Wiganners after all ! lolol :-)

Comment by: Rev David Long on 23rd March 2012 at 22:57

Oy! Dave - you've got it right. Wildlife pics are just part of the wonderful wide variety of pics submitted to this feature. Brian can only select from the pics he is sent. If folks want their idea of Wigan to be represented in this feature they have only to submit a pic which represents their point of view. If they can't be bothered, they can hardly complain that Brian selects the best from those who do send their pics to him.

Comment by: Robin Leigh on 24th March 2012 at 02:57

Some of us happen to like bird pics. As Rev. Long pointed out, birds come and go at different times of the year. They are, in their season, part of Wigan just as much as the bluebells in the Plants - although I suspect the bird-haters won't care for flowers either. What DO they want, besides something to moan about?

Comment by: Albert Parr Down underIt on 24th March 2012 at 07:46

Its all been said,at last,.

Comment by: Garry bird lover on 24th March 2012 at 08:08

These folk who moan about birds/animals on WW will almost certain be living in flats or houses with no gardens, or even they can't be bothered gardening. Most on WW love em, keep em coming. Mine is a beautiful garding with beautiful birds that brings my garding to life.

Comment by: Ron on 24th March 2012 at 08:13

Oy, it's about time you submitted yours...please!

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 24th March 2012 at 08:21

Fred, where have you been... Wigan World is exactly that, a mix of everything.

Comment by: Jane on 24th March 2012 at 11:56

Ernest if the wildlife pictures were separate you would find something else to moan about, photo a day should be renamed...whinge of the day..

Comment by: David Barker on 24th March 2012 at 16:42

Thank you for your comments,well I never thought a Reed Bunting photo would cause such controversy,if I send them in and Brian decides to show them that's fine by me.

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