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The grackles in our garden are very mischievous, making themselves the jesters of our tiny backyard jungle.
The less active grackles prefer to stroll through the grass looking for easy snacks.
The grackles discover that the bird bath is great for other uses, not just softening up old cereal.
What will the bathing beauty do, will he flee in fear or stand up for his right to enjoy his bath in peace?
We discovered this strange fellow near the Minka House in Kew Gardens, England. He was not disturbed by anything. Most people didn’t even notice him because he was so quiet. One man almost stepped on him, that’s how nonchalant this Golden Pheasant was.
At Kew Gardens there is a lovely pair of Canada Geese who are very protective of their little ones.
Here they are starting off their morning stroll down the path.
The wee goslings would often stop on their walk to examine their surroundings.
Mama would often give here brood tips on how to behave in public.
The morning stroll was enlivened when papa goose discovers a treasure.
The little ones dashed over to see what papa had discovered.
After papa goose nodded his approval the little ones crowded in to get a taste of the delicious orange bread.
But all was not well, for in Kew Gardens lurks naughty Raven, who is always stealing everyone’s snacks. Today was no exception, Raven was on the prowl for tasty pieces of bright orange bread!
But mama and papa goose saw Raven watching them and were having none of his monkey business.
Of course, Raven was too proud to be scared off by a bit of goose chatter, he dove in to claim his orange prize!
However, Raven was very hungry, a puny indignant goose would not detour him.
Finally, Raven gave up. Papa duck was very proud and strutted back to mama goose.
With the naughty Raven out-of-the-way, the family was able to seek out and enjoy their yummy orange bread.
Once they had found the tidbit, mama goose sampled it to make sure it was still good for the little ones.
Once mama gave her approval it was a free-for-all, the wee ones fought as vigorously for the bread crumbs as Raven had.
Peace was restored, as it always is, when all the food had filled the tiny bellies.
All the little ones said yes mama, hoping that around the next bend would be more amazing bright orange bread.
A few tips to help you perfect your travel photography.
First, set up your tripod.
Second, attach camera to tripod.
Third, assume the position.
Fourth, wait for the decisive moment!
I was also able to see two puffins, but they were both very grumpy and did not wish to be photographed.
These photos were taken at RSPB Troup Head nature reserve in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. For more information about the reserve and the birds that they protect go to RSPB Troup Head.