Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday 129 - Looking back at 2014

What a year its been.  I have been a little more widely traveled than normal and have seen so great wildlife - I have visited many great blogs and often felt more than a little jealous!  And I have been encouraged and supported by the comments on this (and my wordy) blog.

As we wonder what 2015 will bring, here are some of my favourite bird images from 2014.

American Avocet, Arizona
Broad-Billed Humming Bird, Arizona 
Crested Shrike-Tit, Phillip Island, Australia

Crested Tern, Mud Island, Australia

Curlew Sandpiper, Lake Lonsdale, Point Lonsdale, Australia

Fairy Terns, Mud Island, Australia
Gang Gang Cockatoo, Halls Gap, Australia 
Kookaburra, Halls Gap, Australia
Puffins, Farne Islands, UK
Rainbow Lorikeet, Surrey Hills, Victoria, Australia  
Silver Gull, Mud Island, Australia
Now its your turn!  Click the familiar blue button and off you go to the wild world of WBW.

50 comments:

Andrew Fulton said...

You had a great birding year Stewart

Chris Rohrer said...

Jealous??!!! I think that's how I felt from all your magnificent travels and birds! Congrats. Plus there's still a day to get some more birds before 2015 starts:)

Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous collection of shots, Stewart!

eileeninmd said...

Stewart wow, you have had an awesome year with the bird sightings.. I would be tickled to see the Puffins. Wonderful collection of birds and photos. I wish you wonderful bird sightings in 2015, a happy and healthy New Year.. Thanks for hosting..

Ela said...

Wow ! Excellent pictures and beautiful birds !

Ela said...

Happy New Year !

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful images, stewart! several favorites, here. :)

karen said...

I can see why you chose those as some of your favourite images - wonderful. Happy New Year to you. x

Revrunner said...

Great images all, Stewart.

bas said...

Om op z,on mooi jaar terug te kunnen kijken Stewart dat geeft een heerlijk gevoel maar er staat een nieuw jaar voor de deur met nieuwe uitdagende kansen,wij wensen je een mooi gezond fotogeniek jaar toe.

Sharon Wagner said...

What a beautiful year of birding you've had. Happy New Year!

Findlay Wilde said...

What a great set of pictures. I hope 2015 is just as good for you. Thank you so much for all the work you do with Wild Bird Wednesday every week.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I do love your birds, Stewart!! Terrific captures for the day -- as always!! Wishing you a wonderful New Year!!

Brian King said...

These are fantastic, Stewart! Each one is superb!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

absolutely some gorgeous shots. Kudos.

mick said...

An absolutely stunning series!Happy New Year. Thanks for your dedication in running this meme.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

All of them Awesome!!!

Neil said...

Happy New Year and happy birding in 2015

Linda W. said...

Great collection! I especially liked your puffin pic. Looking forward to more of your birding pics in 2015. Happy New year to you and your family.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

You got some wonderful bird photos! Most I have never seen. When I was in Florida I got some great bird photos. I will have to start sharing them on Wild Bird Wednesday.

amanda | wildly simple said...

Absolutely outstanding collection of shots, Stewart. What a wonderful year!

DeniseinVA said...

A fabulous variety of birds throughout the year. Great job Stewart and A Very Happy New Year to you and your family.

Andrea Priebe said...

Hmmm, I was just thinking, as I pulled up your logo to head my WBW post ... I was thinking maybe it is time for Stewart to update his logo. And then you come up with a whole selections of pictures that would make marvelous logos for WBW ... and it would be like a fresh start in a new year. What do you think? Anyway, needless to say, all of your pictures and many that you didn't include in your favorites are favorites of mine ... You take such good pictures and explain so well. I can't begin to thank you for teaching me so much ... It is going to be hard for you to top what you have already done, but I have no doubt that you will do it. I do believe I even saw you do a little abstract this week, right? ... who knows what you will do next :) Happy New Year, Stewart.

Andrea @ From The Sol

Adam Tilt said...

Superb collection of shots Stewart and many thanks for running Wild Bird Wednesday. Hope you have even more success in 2015.

Linley S said...

It must have been a hard job choosing which were your best photos, They are all great shots. Happy New Year.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

These are superb Stewart! I am really liking that Avocet photo and the hummingbird too. I think you and Arizona birds connect. Have a bird bountiful 2015.

bettyl-NZ said...

Definitely a great year for birds and yours are always among the best! Thanks for hosting this great meme.

ladyfi said...

Wow - these are all fabulous images! Wishing you a photogenic 2015!

Irma said...

Hi Stewart,
What a beautiful series of images of everything you photographed this past year.
I wish you and all your loved ones a very happy and healthy 2015.
Best regards, Irma

Bob Bushell said...

Thanks for the line up of birds. have a great new year in 2015 Stewart.

A Quiet Corner said...

Stewart, your talent in picture taking is above and beyond! Have a safe, healthy HAPPY NEW YEAR, my friend and keep birding for us...:)JP

Bethany Carson said...

Beautiful selection of photos! Have a Happy New Year!

Sheila at WolfSongBlog.Com said...

What a beautiful collection of bird photos! Aren't we so lucky to having these birds in our environment! Happy birding in 2015!

Marie said...

What a lovely journey back! Such wonderful photos and for you, such wonderful memories!

Nette Cecilia said...

Happy New Year ,Nette

lindaakacraftygardener said...

2014 was a great birding year, looking forward to more of the same for 2015

Mary Hone said...

That's a beautiful collection. And what a neat variety too. Happy New Year to you.

Felicia said...

all gorgeous bird images Stewart.

My favorite....the kingfisher.

Phyllis Oller said...

They are all such great shots that I cannot pick a favorite one! I am thankful that we can all share here , for I would not get to view all the unusual birds had you not taken care of this site for us,thank-you & happy new year! Phyllis

Dave said...

a lovely tribute to the year Stewart. Best wishes for 2015

Mary Cromer said...

Those 4 above the Silver Gull, wow, outstanding all of them, yet those are amazing birds and images. Happy New Year~

bailey-road.com said...

These are great choices Stewart!

CountryMouse said...

So much variety and so many great shots. I love seeing what you have found if nothing else but for the fact that I get to see some much that I haven't see before but through your lens.

Phil Slade said...

A lovely selection Stewart. You found some good poses, especially the Crested Shrike-tit and the Puffins. Boy that fence post sure looks like one I know from Pilling but I'm not expecting to see a Kookaburra there, just a Barn Owl.

Happy New Year.

Hannah said...

Lots of great photos from last year, I particularly like the dramatic Shrike-Tit and the Puffins!

Jacana said...

WOW some amazing photos

Vineeta Yashswi said...

All Pictures are amazing...

Susan said...

Hi Stewart, I'm so late arriving will wait until next time to join in. However, I just wanted to congratulate you on a stunning array of photos of beautiful birds - the natural world is truly wonderful and you've captured it so well. Cheers and Happy New Year :D)

DesertHen said...

All are beautiful shots, but my favorite are the Puffins! Adorable!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh what a fun post celebrating your travels through the birds you saw. I'm so happy you shared them all and loved this review.

Happy New Year to all at your house. And thank you.