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New breakfast friend?

Every day we leave a bit of food for sparrows.
We leave food for birds since winter 2008, actually it all started when I  have started taking pictures to sparrows.
With the passing of time I have taken a couple of pictures to, what i think is, a Capinera and other small birds

In the last 2 years we had to keep pigeons away from that food.

A new visitor, I think a blackbird,
after showing up very rarely and quickly for the past 3 years,
came to  eat some food and drink some water while I was having breakfast

It was  a nice way to start the day

L1050843site blackbird

(if you consider I live in a area of Catania with almost no green around it’s an event)

Posted March 7th, 2013.

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Venice Jan2013: Italian pigeons

Venice Jan2013: Italian pigeons

They are

“nice” with young ladies,

very disrespectful with older ones

Posted February 26th, 2013.

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It’s not my fault!


I swear, I even went to the department to avoid distraction in order to focus on my studies.
It’s the bird who came to sing exactly in front of the window close to where I was studying, it even started to sing!

How could I ignore it?!


Posted February 22nd, 2013.

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“Not waiting for you”

That’s generally the message that nature, people, event and life itself seems sending most of the time.

No wonder: I’m always late.

The probability that I do something on schedule is close to the probability that a neutrino will interact with your brain in this precise moment. Pretty low.

In everything I do I’m late. It is a terrible aspect… a bad thing that probably wasted a good part of my life, but on the other hand it’s a characteristic that helps understanding who really cares to stay with you.
Friends might make you notice that being late is not a good thing, they might even make fun of you (in a sweet way), but they’ll smile pleased by surprise when, for some unknown reason, you are in time.
A friend who cares to stay with you, will keep inviting you despite this and some will also help to overcome the “being late” aspect of you….At times setting the appointment 30-40 minutes before he/she wants to actually meet you (but being ready for the neutrino-interacting-with-matter chance). Sometime they contact you 1 or 2 hours earlier and even if they don’t say it, it’s clear they mean t remind you to get ready.
At times they just patiently wait for you and, whenever you reach the meeting point, they welcome you with the biggest smile because they know:
you did your best to arrive in time but you couldn’t help that day… too.
Not that it’s good to be late to check if someone cares to stay with you, but I’m trying to read a positive aspect even in this defect

There are thing in life that doesn’t wait for you: if you are ready you get to see/live it, otherwise… it is something lost.
Easy to understand that the being-late-thing is a deficit for someone who takes pictures.
It’s true that with experience your brain learns to read reality and figure out what is going to happen in order to take the shot at the proper time, but likely there will be always something happening too fast.

Last Sunday it felt slightly different. Let’s call it coincidence (just call it).

Beyond the kind wind and clouds showing Mt.Etna for just the right amount of minutes to give me chances for a picture it happened something had never happened in all the 20years I go to that country house, as well as in the last 10-15 years I try taking pictures there, as well as in the last 7years I have owned a DSRL and brought it there.

A bird, soon after the clouds covered the volcano, went on a the branch of a tree singing.

They usually do it at the highest branch possible. This one was at about 3/4 of the tree height.

They usually hide behind the leaves, this one instead was showing up clearly.

They usually seems waiting the moment I don’t have the tele-lens on. This time the proper lens was on.

This time all was set properly, I didn’t wait a second more and pointed the camera to the bird.
Took some pictures, then removed the polarizing filter since clouds lowered light too much.
The bird was still there.
I have taken some other pictures.
I went to check them and the bird went away.

Clearly it wasn’t waiting for me, but at least I have been able to enjoy that moment and for the first time in my life I didn’t end yelling against my slowness.

It was another occasion to fully appreciated the upgrade from the Olympus E300 to the Olympus E30.

Original shot

Cropped image with slightly changes light levels.

Both the images have been re-sized for the web, but the longest size of each image has the same amount of pixel, I guess it’s enough to get an idea of the proportions.

I’m not 100% sure (soon or later I’ll check it), but if I remember well a similar crop with the older camera would have lead to a too poor quality image.

I guess that despite I’m not a super fun of “just pixel”, this time the extra number of pixels helped.


Posted November 6th, 2012.

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A visit

who appears while I’m helping mom with Sunday Lunch

Unfortunately I couldn’t get a free view.

Posted January 15th, 2012.

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And finally…

today, after lunch, the following 2 guys allowed me to take at least a picture of them.

One was:


And this one, I’ve been told, should be a “capinera“:


Posted January 24th, 2010.

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