Foto Friday – The Birds

Sticking with the Alfred Hitchcock theme……………..


Weekly Photo Challenge – Focus


All the birds of the air fell a-sighing and a-sobbing,
When they heard the bell toll for poor Cock Robin.

MB caught a reasonably sharp focus on Mr Robin some time back in his HX homeland. Mr Robin was, at the time, focused very much on something else, as viewers can see. MB can assure followers that MB’s Robin is not the unfortunate Cock Robin of nursery rhyme fame:

“Who killed Cock Robin?” “I,” said the Sparrow,
“With my bow and arrow, I killed Cock Robin.”
“Who saw him die?” “I,” said the Fly,
“With my little eye, I saw him die.”
“Who caught his blood?” “I,” said the Fish,
“With my little dish, I caught his blood.”
“Who’ll make the shroud?” “I,” said the Beetle,
“With my thread and needle, I’ll make the shroud.”
“Who’ll dig his grave?” “I,” said the Owl,
“With my pick and shovel, I’ll dig his grave.”
“Who’ll be the parson?” “I,” said the Rook,
“With my little book, I’ll be the parson.”
“Who’ll be the clerk?” “I,” said the Lark,
“If it’s not in the dark, I’ll be the clerk.”
“Who’ll carry the link?” “I,” said the Linnet,
“I’ll fetch it in a minute, I’ll carry the link.”
“Who’ll be chief mourner?” “I,” said the Dove,
“I mourn for my love, I’ll be chief mourner.”
“Who’ll carry the coffin?” “I,” said the Kite,
“If it’s not through the night, I’ll carry the coffin.”
“Who’ll bear the pall? “We,” said the Wren,
“Both the cock and the hen, we’ll bear the pall.”
“Who’ll sing a psalm?” “I,” said the Thrush,
“As she sat on a bush, I’ll sing a psalm.”
“Who’ll toll the bell?” “I,” said the bull,
“Because I can pull, I’ll toll the bell.”
All the birds of the air fell a-sighing and a-sobbing,
When they heard the bell toll for poor Cock Robin.


The Sunday Shot

MB has stacks of pics in his photo library. So for next few months MB will scatter some of those pics around his blog posts. Time doesn’t permit much story writing at the moment so the pics will just have to do until circumstances permit otherwise.

The is a large bird market area in age Souq Waif in Doha, Qatar. Whatever about the rights and wrongs of such a place, it’s a very interesting part of the souq.


A bird in the hand……….

Trip Home – The End!

MB is well & truly done with the trip home photos after this one. Read More

Weekly Photo Challenge – One Love

One Love

This week’s WordPress challenge got MB thinking of the two swans that frequent the Lough Gur lake-front back home. During MB’s Christmas break, they seemed to be inseparable.

MB saw them again during his trip home of recent days when they seemed to be having some ‘alone time’. Maybe she just had a headache. But at the end of the day, who the hell knows what goes on with swans.

From Wikipedia:
Swans usually mate for life, though “divorce” does sometimes occur, particularly following nesting failure, and if a mate dies, the remaining swan will take up with another.


Swan having some ‘alone time’


Weekly Photo Challenge – Eye Spy (2)

Eye Spy.

A peregrine falcon at the Falcon Souq, Doha, Qatar. The fastest bird on the planet.



Weekly Photo Challenge – Close Up

Close Up

Seagull at Lake Geneva


Falcon Souq – Qatar

Doha, capital city of Qatar, has a very interesting falcon souq, right next to a falcon hospital. Both are part of the much larger Souq Waqif. Read More

Weekly Photo Challenge – Reward


A fish washes up on a beach.


Souk Waqif – Bird Market

The bird market at Souk Waqif in Doha would not suit Western sensibilities. But the Arabs love it. Read More

7 Days Of Doves – Final Day


7 Days Of Doves – Day Nr 6


7 Days Of Doves – Day Nr 4


7 Days Of Doves – Day Nr 1


Weekly Photo Challenge – Minimalist

MB’s effort this week is minimal –