Fabulous Fence Posts

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Fabulous Fence Posts

  • The humble fence post. They're all over the place, and in my opinion, they do a good job. They keep things in and they keep things out. I like them.!!

    Please feel free to post any fence post shots that you may have.

    This is an example of a fence post but they do come in different shapes and sizes.

    They're well worth keeping an eye on because just like me,  various other things also like fence posts.!!

    Arctic Terns for example.

    And Skylarks.

    Meadow Pipits like them a lot.!!

    So do Wheatears.

    Even though this Linnet isn't actually on a fence post, he probably really likes them as well.

    Snipe really like being on the ground but they're not totally against having a go on a fence post now and again.!!

    Redshanks are of a similar opinion to Snipes.

    This is fun.!! Really small birds also like fence posts, like this Stonechat.

    Great big birds like Curlews also stand on top of fence posts sometimes.

    As do colourful birds like Oystercatchers.!!

    Hooded Crows take it in turns to stand on fence posts.

    But Short-eared Owls like them all to themselves.

    Fence posts are just great.!! You may even have one in your garden somewhere, they're well worth keeping an eye on. I might even start a fence post appreciation society.!! :-)

  • LOL Paul, fantastic photos one and all;   methinks I better order a dozen fence posts for the garden lol

  • HAZY

    LOL Paul, fantastic photos one and all;   methinks I better order a dozen fence posts for the garden lol

    Yes, why not? I expect the Cyrils could do with somewhere else to pose lol

  • I don't know where you've been, Paul, but that's what I call a good day out to see such a variety of fence posts. Not many people could tick all those in a single day. Where can I join the FPA.

    Birds are not bad either.

  • Thanks folks.

    TeeJay
    I don't know where you've been, Paul, but that's what I call a good day out to see such a variety of fence posts. Not many people could tick all those in a single day.

    The fence posts are of the Northern variety, Tony, Orcadian to be precise. We spent a few days on Orkney and had a rather lovely time in the process. :-)

  • It does make a nice change from the more urban concrete fence posts, which may not be for the purists, but the birds still seem to like them.

  • Excellent set, great habitat fence posts. :)

  • Thanks guys.

    Another fence post, this one taken at Loch Leven with a macro lens.!!

  • Missed this thread the first time around, the SEOwl is the best for me, I'm sure it is saying "don't know why he put me up here, next door is the one I was aiming for" :-)  

  • Very handy when there may be a dearth of trees or bushes.

  • Great thread Paul-gorgeous photos all of them,can't pick a favourite! I can finally say it...I love a fence post and try to look at every one I pass. Amazing to see the Oystercatcher,Curlew & Snipe using posts-birds I often see down here but I don't think they've cottoned on to the fence post yet

    Jayne

  • Thanks folks. There are very few trees in Orkney so I suspect that fence posts are used as vantage points at times.

  • What a fabulous thread Paul!  And how fortunate it is that birds like fence posts, because they certainly make for great photos!  I can safely say that I have never, ever seen a Snipe or a curlew perched on a fence before!  Brilliant photos.

  • I've  never thought that a thread about fence posts would be so interesting Paul. On our local patch we do watch them closely in winter as they do make good hunting posts for raptors.

  • Thanks folks. I was really hoping to see Short-eared Owls when we were there and we were lucky enough to see three different birds (the one on the fence post being kind enough to pose for a photo). Other BOP sightings were two male Hen Harriers and twice I had a brief glimpse of two smaller birds but I'm unsure as to whether they were Sparrowhawks or Merlins.