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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 22nd February, 2021)

In flight


In flight
Taken at Amberswood.

Photo: Andrew Fishburn  (Canon EOS 5D Mark III)
Views: 2,087

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 22nd February 2021 at 00:06

Wow! That’s something special Andrew.

Comment by: m on 22nd February 2021 at 01:37

Beyond the gusts of wildly things,
Sails a breeze where Heaven sings,
towards a peace that only brings
the wings of silent calm.
Look beyond the clouds that be,
the harmony you gave to me ,
the solitude to be myself ,
when pain it comes and I am left,
with emptiness and void inside,
I look above but seek to hide,
but know that you are by my side,
I'll take each day with you..

Comment by: Alan (on Vancouver Island) on 22nd February 2021 at 03:55

A very short exposure, obviously, but a beautiful photo skillfully done.

Well done, Andrew.

Comment by: Medical Maverick on 22nd February 2021 at 04:20

Superb shot Andrew, thank you.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 22nd February 2021 at 07:23

Wow !!
What else can you say to this photo ??

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 22nd February 2021 at 08:59

Absolutely beautiful.

Comment by: Maureen on 22nd February 2021 at 09:00

That's an absolutely beautiful photo Andrew and Thank you.

Comment by: Dave (Oy) on 22nd February 2021 at 09:05

Fab shot mate - good to see you back on POTD :)

Comment by: Arthur on 22nd February 2021 at 09:10

These are known as flying rats.

Comment by: Davel on 22nd February 2021 at 09:14

Great shot Andrew well done.

Comment by: A.W. on 22nd February 2021 at 09:26

Truly awesome!

Comment by: Veronica on 22nd February 2021 at 09:37

Brilliant ! Good for a pen and ink drawing ...

Comment by: john on 22nd February 2021 at 09:53

a very suspect photo andrew

Comment by: Poet on 22nd February 2021 at 10:01

A nice photo Andrew . Quite spectral . His wings look like they're made from ice . A black headed gull I think , before he puts on the executioner's hood of his summer plumage .

Comment by: Mick on 22nd February 2021 at 10:46

I always like to see how different birds tuck their legs up in a aerodynamic position when in flight.
Andrew you have been away so long I was wondering if you was ill.

Comment by: Arthur on 22nd February 2021 at 11:51

At first I thought it was a Barn Owl.

Comment by: Maureen on 22nd February 2021 at 13:06

Arthur, why insist on calling birds flying rats..a pigeon won a medal equivalent to the George Cross for saving lives in 1942...tell me have you got one?.

Comment by: Edna on 22nd February 2021 at 13:18

A very special photo this,thank you for sharing.

Comment by: Pat McC on 22nd February 2021 at 15:55

What a beautiful and elegant bird caught in flight.
Thank you Andrew.

Comment by: Alan on 22nd February 2021 at 16:38

Like pigeons (the ones in towns) seagulls are flying rats greedy always stealing food off people and In many folks eyes they should not be fed.
People can get fined by the Councils in some towns.
I fully agree with Arthur.

Comment by: Wiganer on 22nd February 2021 at 16:42

Maureen Arthur didn't call birds flying rats he clearly said Seagulls. That I agree with.

Comment by: Maureen on 22nd February 2021 at 17:46

There was no mention of seagulls.

Comment by: Dick Dastardly on 22nd February 2021 at 20:17

The gull is only looking for food in harsh conditions . I think he's behaved with a higher degree of morality than the panic buyers and loo roll loonies of our own species . Two legged , talking rats the lot of them .

Comment by: Maureen on 22nd February 2021 at 22:12

The dirtiest and greediest beings on the planet are humans.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 22nd February 2021 at 22:27

Well said Maureen and Dick Dastardly.

Comment by: Alex on 23rd February 2021 at 01:42

Gulls only looking for food in harsh conditions I don't think so.
Go to the seaside in Summer and try eating outside with your family and friends,
You'll soon dislike them.

Comment by: Wiganer on 23rd February 2021 at 02:11

Maureen dear, Arthur didn't need to mention the Word seagull, obviously the photo is a gull.

Dick dastardly talks total rubbish and has not been on holiday to see gulls rob food off parents and children. Some local governments WILL prosecute for feeding stray pigeons and vermin birds like gulls in towns and cities, and that's a fact. They are simply a pest. If you bird lovers care and are really serious about them, buy some food to hang up in the garden, we need to help and protect our garden birds and great to watch. There is a real decline in all our garden birds since the 1970s.

Comment by: Harry on 23rd February 2021 at 07:42

The pigeon who won a medal was a homing pigeon, not a stray who flock in towns with dropping all over the place. If we don't feed them they'll slowly disappear.

Comment by: Public Health on 23rd February 2021 at 09:11

Gulls and Pigeons:
These birds can cause real problems, including excessive nuisance and public health concerns. Urban birds such as gulls and pigeons are great opportunists, handed a ready food source and sheltered nesting sites these birds can grow rapidly and what initially attracted a few birds can soon become a thriving colony.
Fungal infections include Histoplasmosis and Cryptococcosis are carried within bird droppings from Seagulls.
Feral pigeons is widespread the pest are found in Towns, Cities and Rural settings.
Pigeons can harbour a large variety of diseases and insects on their bodies, its nest and fouling are also Public Health Concerns.
Pigeons are the most unhygienic and messy birds and actually carry more diseases than Rats.

Comment by: Maureen on 23rd February 2021 at 09:26

Wiganer my love,you can't tell me anything about birds..any birds and the restrictions for feeding them that are placed everywhere you look..I feed the birds in my garden everyday, always have done.
It seems that my comment from last night hasn't been entered..it was to say that the dirtiest and greediest being on this God given earth is man.

Comment by: Alan on 23rd February 2021 at 10:35

And Women...Maureen.

Comment by: Al on 23rd February 2021 at 10:38

Nice photo clear and crisp, but not the bird I'm afraid.

Comment by: Jack Mellor. on 23rd February 2021 at 10:44

We had to call the pest control agency to kill pigeons that started to nest inside our workshops, honestly the droppings and muck was horrible. We didn't know that pigeons can breed all year round.
Thankfully they've all gone and our work place in clean.

Comment by: Maureen on 23rd February 2021 at 11:03

Alan,I will leave that comment with your ignorance.

Comment by: Arthur on 23rd February 2021 at 13:25

Thank you Public Health, I hope that's Educated many on this particular subject.

Comment by: Jason on 23rd February 2021 at 13:29

Yes Pigeons CAN breed all year round, a pest they are too.

Comment by: Veronica on 23rd February 2021 at 13:57

When all is said and done they are all God's creatures. I think it's best not to feed them though, unlike the little birds. They wouldn't breed as much if they had to forage for themselves. I don't put bird food on the ground. On the other hand if folk didn't drop food on the ground there wouldn't be so many. I don't mind the odd pigeons but when there's throngs of them it's off putting, even scary, the same with seagulls. On holiday I have seen seagulls sweep down and take food out of children's hands. They can be over powering.

Comment by: Edna on 23rd February 2021 at 14:30

Rise above it Maureen, we all know there is nothing in this world as destructive as the human race..

Comment by: Dick Dastardly on 23rd February 2021 at 15:21

I think we humans have spread more disease this past year than any seagull .

Comment by: Arthur on 23rd February 2021 at 15:32

Edna and Dick Dastardly I couldn't agree more with the both of you.

Comment by: Alan on 23rd February 2021 at 15:50

True Veronica well said.

Comment by: Andrew on 25th February 2021 at 20:20

Thanks folks :-)

Mick, thanks for asking: I work frontline at Royal Preston Hospital and been working stupid hours for the last year due to Covid so no had much time to pick up the camera. We are beginning to turn the corner now so hopeful I can pick up the camera a bit more :-)

Comment by: Garry on 26th February 2021 at 08:18

Andrew I'll drink to that, you do a great job and thanks to you and all your colleagues at the NHS.

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