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Saturday Sanddancer Scene #4

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Peacock, Birdland, Australia

Proud Peacock

Here is this week’s Saturday Sanddancer Scene picture chosen from those kindly submitted by the members of Curly’s Corner Shop Message Board which draws visitors from all around the world.

This beautiful peacock was sent in by Julie from Bateman’s Bay, Australia, and Julie just loves the fun and the chatter on South Shields most popular message board. She took the picture on her Samsung mobile phone which has a built in 5 megapixel camera! The colourful feathered friend was found in Birdland in Bateman’s Bay –  thanks for submitting the picture Julie.

Batemans Bay looks a beautiful place surrounded by trees, creeks and beaches and with a a very decent looking golf course, check out the map link, and I’m sure those Aussies down there would just love to visit a town like South Shields up here in the north-east of England with it’s rich maritime history.

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August 1, 2009 at 12:01 am

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Saturday Sanddancer Scene #2

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Black headed gulls, South Shields

Black headed gulls

This week’s Saturday Sanddancer Scene is submitted by Graham Slessor of Westoe, South Shields and shows a pair of black headed gulls.

With South Shields being a seaside town, we probably have as many of these birds around here as we have humans!

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July 18, 2009 at 12:01 am

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Eagle owl

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Eagle owl, medieval fair, jarrow

Medieval fair, day four

One of the attractions that we found at the Medieval Fair in Jarrow (which is only three miles from South Shields centre) was a falconry display with a number of hunting birds and other birds of prey, one of which lost itself in some nearby trees for a while! He came back eventually, much to everyone’s relief.

This is the face of an eagle owl, tightly cropped from a larger image.

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 82 mm lens, 1/350 second, f5.6, iso 200

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May 21, 2009 at 12:01 am

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A bird in the hand

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Mayoress of South Tyneside, Chris Anglin

Mayoress of South Tyneside

The new Mayoress of South Tyneside, Mrs. Chris Anglin, on one of her first official engagements outside of South Shields attending the Medieval Fair at Bede’s World, Jarrow. Here she is pictured with a Barn Owl which was part of the Falconry display team in Druitt’s Park. The Medieval Fair drew a large attendance in quite warm sunshine yesterday, and I’ll show a few more pictures during the course of the next week.

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28 mm lens, 1/350 second, f5.6, iso 200

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May 18, 2009 at 12:01 am

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Blue tit

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Blue tit, South Shields

near Newton Garths Farm

Ah, I felt as if I was in the countryside.

I’d left the urban sprawl behind at Brockley Whins Metro Station, South Shields, and descended the hill towards the winding babbling brook that is the River Don, the sun was bright but a stiff wind was whipping the water to produce a minor cacophony of noise, regardless, I struck out to the east, towards the Boldons, Cleadon, and Newton Garths Farm hidden behind Biddick Hall.

I was surprised by the amount of bird activity, and bird song around me, despite it being mid afternoon, the nest builders had already started and were darting about hither and thither, zipping down to the water and back to the trees carrying their loads, it was almost idyllic. I followed the Don upstream, it was little more than three or four feet wide and a few miles away from it’s confluence where it enters the Tyne, yet despite being little less than a few hunfred yards outside of the boundaries of South Shields it felt like the Great British countryside.

“tsee-tsee-tsu-hu-hu-hu-hu” was the song I heard from above, the typical call from the Blue Tit, one of our most common small birds, yet a visit by one of these little charmers to my street would probably be a rare event, he was in the tree above me and his partner was busy lining a nest in a small hole in the tree.

I quite enjoyed the walk, I will return a little later during the summer to walk downstream from the same place.

This picture cropped from a larger image.

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 450 mm lens, 1/250second, f5.6, iso 200

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March 28, 2009 at 12:01 am

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Duck on a patterned background.

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Duck, Boldon Tilesheds, South Shields

Tilesheds, Boldon

This picture is cropped from a slightly larger image of the duck pond at Boldon Tilesheds on the outskirts of South Shields.

It was the patterns and colours which caught my eye caused by the undulating ripples on the surface of the water, reflecting the rushes and tall grasses on the far bank.

Camera details: Konica Minolta Dimage Z3, 235 mm lens, 1/200 second, f7.1, iso 100

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March 13, 2009 at 12:01 am

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Boldon Flats

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Finch, Boldon Flats, South Shields

Little finch

Boldon Flats is a wetland situated between South Shields and Cleadon Village, a large area which is regularly saturated forming huge pools making an ideal habitat for birds and other wildlife. Now I am no expert on flora, fauna, or ornithology, so don’t expect me to know what this little fellow is, I ought to have asked one of the many ornithologists and “twitchers” who congregate here to spot the birds. Trouble is, by time I had handed over the camera the bird would have flown.

I think he’s a finch.

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 450 mm lens, 1/350 second, f5.6, iso 200

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February 24, 2009 at 12:01 am

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