Birds and Bird Nest (Toledo)

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I captured these birds (three are in the nest and one is  on roof) while walking in Toledo countryside.  That was the moment I wished I had brought my long lens.

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66 responses

  1. Oh yes, I know what you mean. How long is your long lens? Still, the picture reveals a lot more than the nest itself, and I love the colours of roofs and houses. Beauty-ful and I do love it, Amy. Did you like Toledo? How do your impressions of Spain compare to those of Italy?

    June 12, 2014 at 8:26 am

    • Amy

      Thank you, Paula! Your comment make me smile. It took me a while to do this one, had changed my mind four times. When I saw this pic in my file, I thought it may go with your owl post a little better :)
      I’ll always love Italy because of its history and the Renaissance is special to me. I enjoyed Spain more than I expected; it’s a completely different experience, really opened my eyes… So glad you let me share my thoughts with you, Paula!

      June 12, 2014 at 8:40 am

      • and what about your forgotten tele lens, how big is it? :D

        June 12, 2014 at 8:42 am

        • Amy

          It is 300 mm, it only go a little further :)

          June 12, 2014 at 8:44 am

          • So it is a prime lens – wonderful, but these things are heavy. I shot that owl with 135 mm :D

            June 12, 2014 at 8:46 am

            • Amy

              I don’t use it often at all due to the weight :)

              June 12, 2014 at 8:48 am

              • it would make your neck crooked – better not. Are you at work?

                June 12, 2014 at 8:48 am

                • Amy

                  We flew back on Monday and back to work the next day. Summer is not so intensive at work :)

                  June 12, 2014 at 8:50 am

                • That’s good news. I am happy to hear you are not jet-lagged :)

                  June 12, 2014 at 8:52 am

                • Amy

                  I am… I was up between 12 am to 3 am this morning :(

                  June 12, 2014 at 8:54 am

                • Oh dear :( I hope you’ll get back on track soon. If it is any comfort to you, I will not be sleeping either due to the noise in front of my window – the cafe bars and a huge TV screen have been installed on the square in front of my building to watch football :(

                  June 12, 2014 at 8:57 am

                • Amy

                  Oh no…. The big football game is here.
                  Also, our San Antonio Spurs team is on the NBA (Basketball) Finals. They made it to the Final last year, but did not win. So the entire city is heated tonight :D

                  June 12, 2014 at 9:00 am

                • I can imagine. Btw, tonight I am rooting for Brasil in football :D

                  June 12, 2014 at 9:02 am

                • Amy

                  I’m watching NBA Finals Tonight! :D

                  June 12, 2014 at 9:03 am

                • :D (I hate sports)

                  June 12, 2014 at 9:05 am

                • Amy


                  June 12, 2014 at 9:08 am

  2. beautiful shot! :)

    June 12, 2014 at 8:30 am

    • Amy

      Thank you! :)

      June 12, 2014 at 9:04 am

  3. I love this shot as is, pulled back a little bit to give more depth to it. Great photo, Amy.

    June 12, 2014 at 9:08 am

    • Amy

      Thank you, Angeline!
      Game 4! Go Spurs Go!!!

      June 12, 2014 at 9:12 am

  4. I understand, but you captured it with a soft patina with the white clouds behind the birds and nest. Nicely done.

    June 12, 2014 at 9:15 am

    • Amy

      I appreciate your nice comment, Sally! Hope your week is going well :)

      June 12, 2014 at 2:05 pm

  5. What a cool shot. I understand what you are saying about your long lens, it would have been nice to have both this shot and a shot using the long lens. This photo goes a long way to tell a story though, in a way that the long lens would not have.

    June 12, 2014 at 9:33 am

    • Amy

      Thank you so much for your comment, Amy! You’re right, using the long lens, I probably would miss the surroundings.

      June 12, 2014 at 2:07 pm

  6. Long lens or not, a amazing photo – so much atmosphere in it… ;-)

    June 12, 2014 at 10:36 am

    • Amy

      Thank you for your encouraging words, Drake! :)

      June 12, 2014 at 2:08 pm

  7. What a big nest and great shot, Amy! Do you know what kind of birds they were?

    June 12, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    • Amy

      Look like egrets :) Glad you like it, Lisa :)

      June 12, 2014 at 2:10 pm

  8. Fabulous capture!

    June 12, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    • Amy

      Thank you so much, Cindy :)

      June 12, 2014 at 2:10 pm

  9. lovely capture even without the long lens, Amy! love your header!

    June 12, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    • Amy

      So glad you like it, Lola! :)

      June 12, 2014 at 2:11 pm

  10. great capture

    June 12, 2014 at 3:12 pm

  11. Great shot and imagine what you may have seen with that long lens! :)

    June 12, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    • Amy

      I’d do a series of their actions!

      June 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      • :D

        June 13, 2014 at 2:34 pm

  12. Amy I love the inclusion of all the other details. The birds are like a cherry on top of the dessert.

    June 12, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    • Amy

      Like a cherry… Love, love your comment, Sue!

      June 12, 2014 at 7:32 pm

  13. i like that the family is seen in context, Amy! :)

    June 12, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    • Amy

      I’m taking another look of the photo, I like it much better now. :) Thank you, M!

      June 12, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      • Good! I know how frustrating it is not to have a long lens – in your case, to hand – but in my case at all! Only yesterday I stopped to watch the surfers and took a few shots, trying like mad zoom in on them as much as I could without a tripod, metaphorically crossing my fingers as I did so when up beside me loomed a humungous dark cylinder – oh my! I almost cried, when I thought of the shots he’d get and almost cried out. I couldn’t refrain from commenting – something like ‘talk about making a person’s point and shoot look pretty puny’, he laughed, then consoled me a little by pointing out what a palava it was, lugging that lens around. Interesting though – he left long before me, complaining the waves weren’t up to much. But it was after he left that I got my best shots. So you see … :)

        June 12, 2014 at 10:26 pm

        • Amy

          I see… We can easily lose the perspective when we just focus on one angle. Thank you so much for sharing the story! :)

          June 13, 2014 at 2:51 am

          • :)

            June 13, 2014 at 3:22 am

  14. it’s really quite a lovely scene Amy!

    June 12, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    • Amy

      Thank you, Phil! :) I thought about your cool bird captures when I was there watch them :)

      June 13, 2014 at 6:15 am

  15. Excellent. The surroundings add a lot to the photo. Give it a place. I like it a lot (but I understand about the exasperation with lens)

    June 12, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    • Amy

      Thank you, Ruth! I appreciate how you explain about space. You always take great photo and capture wonderful moment :)

      June 13, 2014 at 6:17 am

  16. I can see the birds and the beautiful tiled roof. This photo is perfect.

    June 13, 2014 at 12:06 am

    • Amy

      Thank you so much for your encouraging comment, Seeker! Have a great Friday!

      June 13, 2014 at 6:18 am

  17. I hope they won’t use the fireplace for a while.. :)

    June 13, 2014 at 4:01 am

    • Amy

      Hope not…. :) Thank you for visiting, CG!

      June 13, 2014 at 6:18 am

  18. Birds, birds, birds. Seems like I”m seeing a lot of birds photos around WordPress lately. And I love them, your photo too. They seem to be looking very much at home up there. Though I reckon the bird on the far right seems to be looking up and the grey clouds and wondering if it’ll rain…torrentially :D

    June 13, 2014 at 4:56 am

    • Amy

      I found it’s challenging to capture birds. It does look like it has been their home for a while. Actually, it rained later in the morning :(

      June 13, 2014 at 6:24 am

      • :( That nest looks perched precariously on the rooftop. Wonder why the birds in your picture chose that spot. Seems strange. I don’t think it takes long for birds to build a birdnest, though. So I’m sure they rebuilt in a jiffy if the rain did brought it down :)

        June 13, 2014 at 6:57 am

        • Amy

          I wondered about that. I didn’t see trees around, and it’s such a big nest. Btw, it rained in the morning :)

          June 13, 2014 at 5:36 pm

  19. Are they herons by any chance? I hope the owners don’t light any fires anytime soon, lol! Great shot! Have a lovely weekend Amy :-)

    June 13, 2014 at 8:13 am

    • Amy

      Could be herons. No water even close by. Thank you for liking the pic, Sherri :)

      June 13, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      • :-)

        June 14, 2014 at 7:40 am

  20. A lovely atmospheric shot, Amy. I’m looking forward to more of Toledo :)
    Amazing the differences, even in the European cultures. I was reading Michael Palin’s ‘Hemingway Adventures’ while I was away and the chapter on Spain was particularly vivid.

    June 13, 2014 at 8:51 am

    • Amy

      I’d love to this book. Thank you for liking the photo!

      June 13, 2014 at 5:40 pm

  21. Sometimes you need the bigger picture and this is one of them! What a place for a nest!! Great capture :-)

    June 13, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    • Amy

      Thank you so much for the advice, Sarah!

      June 13, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      • A compliment really! :-)

        June 13, 2014 at 6:25 pm

        • Amy


          June 13, 2014 at 6:33 pm

  22. Well I’m glad you didn’t have your long lens. This has more character with the houses and the nest than just picture of the birds alone.

    June 15, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    • Amy

      I’m happy to hear your comment, Rommel! I believe ya knowing how you taking photos. :)

      June 16, 2014 at 6:59 pm

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