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Wednesday, 12 November 2008

A year on...

Its hard to believe that a year ago today I posted a link on the Autumn Watch forum under website sites to share. This was a thread started by Shirl at Shirls gardenwatch and it wasn't long before Shirl emailed me and the blog link was added.

Up until this point I never knew of a blogging community (all my pictures where put on Birdforum) and I was surprised and amazed by how much work Shirl had put into her blog. That was the first link I had, but through this link regular visitors from Shirls blog started calling in also and the 2nd visitor was Lisa at Greenbow.

Thanks to the 2 comments I received on my very first post I decided to stick with it and now I am completely hooked and receiving more and more hits and emails with kind remarks and requests than ever.

Here are a few of my favourite shots (you can click on them to see them larger).

So just to finish, thanks everyone who visits and takes the time to comment, they are always appreciated and hopefully there will be plenty more posts to come.

Cheers all, Mike.


  1. You have a wonderful collection of photos and its always a pleasure to view what you have to share. I think bogging creates its own special community of individuals with similar interests and I totally understand your mention of being, 'hooked'. Congratulations of having gotten a year in!

  2. Congratulations on your 1 year blogaversary. I am so happy you stuck with it Mike. Your excellent photos have opened a world overseas that I will probably never get to see with my own eyes. It has shown me that although we have different birds and habitats we all like a lot of the same things. It is wonderful that you share your world with us.Keep up the good work.

  3. I love each of the shots here, beautifully taken.

  4. Your pics are so good Mike. Its always worth popping over to your blog!

  5. Congratulations on making it a year! It's very addictive, for sure. Your photos are so excellent that it would be a shame to not have them available for all to see.....hope you get more and more visitors this coming year! I see several of my favorite photos on this post and at least one that I think I missed originally, so glad you posted these :-)

  6. Your photography is just nice to see and I enjoy my visits. I like what you do and how you do it.

  7. Hey, Mike it's a pleasure to read your blog. So glad you joined the blogging community! Jane

  8. Your photos are all so great I don't know how you narrowed it down to just those. :-)

  9. Yep, blogging gives you the chance to meet like minded people and make some friends from all walks of life and different parts of the world.
    Your Greenfinch photo is my favourite Mike, as that is a bird I grew up feeding at my grandparents.

  10. One year ON...Congrats Mike. Keep it coming. By the way, what a astonishing collage on the occasion of the 1st anniversary of your blog. congratulations once again...Thomas

  11. Thanks everyone, it only feels like last week when I started this, I must be getting old, cheers Mike.

  12. Hi Mike,
    This is an amazing review of your best shots and I loved the squirrel... I definitively do hope that you will still make us appreciate your talent in the coming years...

  13. I've been dropping in here for a couple of months now and your work has inspired me to pop for a Sigma 50-500 mm lens. It will arrive next week and I can't wait to put it to work.
    You do excellent work and it is a joy to stop by here and see what is posted.

  14. Hi Mike!

    Great collection!! Have been away and out of touch for a while but am back now and as always it's a pleasure to visit your Blog!!

    Kee it going!!


  15. You have taken some awesome bird photos! I just found your blog on My World Tuesday and scrolled back through several posts and your gallery. All great photos. I am enjoying the posts of several bloggers around the UK and have added you to my list.

  16. Well done on your year's stunning photography and interesting comments.
    Blogging is indeed addictive, but highly enjoyable with the network of like-minded and entertaining people who contribute.
    All the best,

  17. Hi there Mike :-)

    Gosh... I didn't know I had any influence on you blogging. I am thrilled :-D

    Congrats on your 1st Blogaversary! You have put a lot of work into your blog too (I can see that) and I like a lot of the features you use. As for your photos they seem to have gone from excellent to outstanding!

    Sorry, I missed this on the day. Coincidentally, I have just past my second year this week too.

    Best wishes for year two :-D

  18. Thanks everyone for your kind words, very much appreciated.

  19. Amazing photos! (I can't imagine how you get such sharp focus with such a long lens--and a moving subject!)
    Will come back now that I have found your blog--congratulations on your anniversary!