Saturday, 30 August 2014

Birds Of A Feather Flock Together In Eisenberg.

Gathering for the long trip home or rather a long vacation.

The lone ranger making a statement. The weather is so glorious at the moment, that it must take quite an effort to plan this long and treacherous journey South.
Putting the wire into context. Seeing so many birds in various stages of landing, taking-off or parking is amazing. Especially against the blue backdrop of our local Burgenland sky. Catching birds with one click!
A wing here and a leg there....a true balancing act!
I wonder what those tweets are about?
" Stay on our flight path and do as I tweet! "
" Okey Dokey, I am off. See you in South Africa. Don't land at Rick's Cafe as Sam will just play it again for you. "
" Look kid, stay with me. I'll take you under my wing..."
Off they go to warmer climes. Excitement and adventure ahead for the birds!


Friday, 29 August 2014

A Gaggle Of Geese, A Tractor & A Threatening Cloud.

Country living at its best.

These geese and their gaggle are a constant companion on the last part of my walk. The bigger they get, the more noise they make. Gosh, at times you can hear them arguing among themselves a few hundred meters away. There are the leaders and the followers in the flock of geese.
This could be a goose fight. The two opponents in the middle and the crowd gaggling them along....
" Don't be a chicken, go on and peck him! "
I know that to you it may be just a boring tractor plowing the field. But to me, it has many aspects: the chortling of a tractor engine is soothing, seeing the field change colour where he has plowed is almost hypnotic and of course it means a profitable season for our local economy.
The minute I can afford it, I am going to sign up for tractor driving lessons. Kind of the extreme version. I want to be able to reverse a tractor & trailer into a driveway, looking as cool as the local farmers do. A lot of the local men, who work in Vienna during the week, come home on weekends and hop on a tractor, looking like they were born into the saddle. Rather attractive, I dare say!
A storm is threatening. The sky started clouding over; almost looking ominous. The wind changed pitch and strength enough to rattle windows and some chimneys.
Even with the promise of a storm, the plains look amazing. I was on my way to Bildein and was so mesmerized that I pulled over at the side of the road and took these photos.
I hope you have enjoyed them...