Hawk Roosting

1 Mar

When Autumn’s wind blew the leaves off the trees and came howling though their bare branches, the buzzards living near our cottage flew away to live in the forest on the hill. The wind has died down now, and although the nights are still prone to frost and the trees are not yet budding, one buzzard has returned. Bunty took this shot from our front door.

Something about the resizing process has blurred this photo. Sorry, I don’t know how to fix it, but you can see the unblurred version by clicking on it. :-/

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5 Responses to “Hawk Roosting”

  1. Brianda Domecq March 1, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    Ooops, am I confused? Hawk or Buzzard. The picture seems to correspond to the title but in the text you speak of buzzards. I am confused. Brianda

    • Snailquake March 1, 2011 at 9:47 am #

      The title is stolen from a Ted Hughes poem, but the European buzzard is a hawk-like creature very different from the American vultures. A blogger I recently started following has provided an excellent post on the differences between hawks and buzzards.

  2. SEF March 1, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    Now we just need to see Bunty or you perched in the tree for a size comparison …

  3. SEF March 1, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    I think the “blurring” is only a slight artifact of the rather stupid double scaling of the photograph. The original seems to be 1024×712 pixels. So the in-page version of “489px × 340px (scaled to 490px × 341px)” is a crazy couple of choices.

    Ideally, a photo should only be scaled once (afresh for each output file) and to a size numerically compatible with its original dimensions. That would be 512×356 or 256×178 for yours (since it doesn’t divide by 3 etc). If WordPress has a fixed notion of the end result, then you’d better pick that from the start rather than let it apply it on top of your own scaling choice.

    • Snailquake March 1, 2011 at 9:37 am #

      I’m off to Leeds this week. I might have to reread this when I get back, as I’m not managing to understand it right now. (Too distracted.)

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