Our feathered friends are a calming influence

I certainly wouldn’t describe myself as a bird or wildlife photographer but sometimes it’s nice to take time to appreciate what is around us.  Being outside in the countryside is therapeutic in these difficult times.  It’s calming; patience is key to capturing bird photos and that is good for the soul. 

At times I wasn’t even sure what I was photographing here but half of the fun is getting the photo and the other half is learning about the birds afterwards! Hopefully more photos will follow over the coming weeks but for now here are a few images taken in the last week or so…

Blackbird (Turdus merula)

Blackbird (Turdus merula)

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Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

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Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Blackbird (Turdus merula)

Blackbird (Turdus merula)

Nuthatch  (Sitta europaea)

Nuthatch (Sitta europaea)

Coal Tit (Periparus ater) taking bird food from a tree stumo.

Coal Tit (Periparus ater) 

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Great Tit (Paris major)

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Chaffinch (Fringilla celebs)

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Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)

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Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

PNE Women v Blackpool Ladies

PNE Women had enjoyed a good win in mid week but they looked a bit jaded against Blackpool on Sunday, going down to three nil defeat at home – all three goals came in a disappointing first half performance.

For much of the game Preston were pegged back in their own half, frequently dropping too deep. When PNE did manage to put together an attack the strikers were isolated and outnumbered. I know Phil Neville likes England’s Lionesses to play the ball out from the back, a tactic even the best players struggle with at times. Preston try and play this way   but the tactic tends to result in Preston giving the ball away far too often in their own half as Blackpool pressed them high up the pitch.

To be fair a few of PNE’s regular players were missing for this game, so hopefully this is just a blip before they push on again.  On the plus side, it was nice to see the younger players in the team doing well. They kept going till the end and put in a much better second half performance as a team.

A few photos here but a full set is available via this link on my Flickr page

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