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It’s that time of year when we take back our garden and own the outside space of our home.   We maintain our small garden to give us pleasure all year from the window looking out, but during autumn and spring it offers us a more tangeable pay-back.

This post is a collection of images taken in the past few days.  It’s a small space with many users.

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One of the best ways to see a large city is on a bicycle.  For someone with my level of fitness, this means taking a bike onto a train then spending the day exploring, remembering of course to take regular breaks.  It was the last day before Ramadan so I had to take my chance despite the forecasted wet weather.

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Zorro is a silver java finch who was born in Kuwait January this year.  You may remember my post about the zebra finches. Well, this little boy also comes from my brother-in-law.  He kindly looked after him in the critical first couple of weeks – after the egg hatched; something only an experienced breeder should attempt.  I picked him up one evening in February, and he’s been at our house ever since.  When we first got him he was one colour.  I explained to the kids that he would soon develop his permenant colour, which would include a ‘mask’ near his eyes.  We were thinking of names at this point, and my wife came up with Zorro… The perfect name!  No-one argued.

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The last of my Scotland posts comes to you from Sumburgh.  It’s not a secret to anyone who knows me that I like birds.  In fact I love birds, always have done.  Puffins are a special case for me.  Ever since I was six years old, I saw a picture of one in a book and kept it for years.  Every time we visited a zoo, aviary, or if I came a cross a book, I would seek them.  I even bought a tacky Swarovski model of a pair of puffins – which I probably like a little too much.

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Last week I spent the morning enjoying two passions.  It’s no secret that I love photography, and I’ve loved birds for as long as I can remember.  My brother-in-law breeds zebra finches.  I should point out immediately that I’m not talking about the bird market in Rai.  These are the best of the best.  This is a private ‘collection’ and the guys match different pairs, in order to achieve wierd and wonderful colours with their off-spring.  It’s science and art – at the same time.

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This was my forth attempt in the last five or so weeks to get these shots.  Every time I managed to run down to get my camera, I scared this little bird away.  This is the balcony adjacent to our living room.  I filled the pots with tiny shoots of Habiscus and they have been growing steadily since last year.  

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With pigeons, a dog and a fish tank, we clearly didn’t have enough animals at our house… My brother-in-law kindly offered us button-quail chicks as a healthy addition.

The children are facinated as am I.  I couldn’t believe how tiny they are.  What’s amazing is they eat independently and behave exactly like mini hens…  Look at the 50 fils coin for scale!

I was asked by intlxpatr if our white pigeon, Softmint, is my favourite.  I explained that I prefer the “ugly grey ones” and she asked for a good photograph of one.  This is an old photograph, from October 2008, of one of our homer pigeons returning home.  It doesn’t look any nicer, nothing can do that, but I hope you agree that a nice moment was captured.

They may not be good acrobats, nor particularly attractive – in fact they’re quite boring – but the way homing pigeons navigate and fly home is impressive every time.

I try to ensure that I only add my better photographs on this blog.  Although this is not a technically nor artistically good result, I’m sure you will agree its subject makes it worth posting.

I was flying from Manama to Doha earlier this week, on a Gulf Air flight, and I couldn’t believe my eyes.  I’m sure it’s not as rare as I imagine, but I’ve been flying for many years now and it was a first for me.  

The lovely young bird was the best behaved passenger on this very short journey.  I didn’t hear a sound from it and it made very little mess on the newspaper covering the carrier’s lap…