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Name Dave Barnes (joined 26-Jul-2009) (pbase supporter)
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Location Shropshire
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Just for fun I thought I would list my favourite groups of birds, not families in the strictest scientific sense but in generic birders terms. Albatrosses, Petrels, Gulls, and, also Penguins, Falcons, Hawks and Eagles, Vultures and Owls. Woodpeckers, Bee-eaters and Hummingbirds. Pittas, Antbirds, Chats, Thrushes and Wheatears. American Wood Warblers. Does that leave any? Guess it does if I think about it long enough!

"On what wings dare he aspire?" The Tiger (William Blake 1757 - 1827)

Some people say we don't need any more records of the avifauna of Planet Earth. Some say "All these photographers rushing round taking more 'shots' of the same birds." At some point in the future, for some the very near future, a lot of the species being photographed today will have disappeared for ever. The inevitable extinctions at mans relentless need / greed driven hand, already so devastating and thoughtless to other life forms are inevitably escalating at an unprecedented rate. My photos are my record of what I have been fortunate to experience in my life time. I cannot write like William Blake, I cannot illustrate like so many others fortunately can do. I am satisfied my digital representation reflects how I feel about what I have seen. It was only just over 100 years ago that wealthy British industrialist Henry Seebohm was exploring the Petchora and Yenisei Rivers in Siberian Russia with no cars no aeroplane to assist his quest to uncover the unknown biology of the birds of this region . Look what we can do now, and look at the cost of progress to the planet. Most people 'don't care', I fear they will .......... when it's too late.

The Tiger

TIGER, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder and what art
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand and what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? What dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And water'd heaven with their tears,
Did He smile His work to see?
Did He who made the lamb make thee?

Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?
William Blake (17571827)

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