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Saturday, 17 January 2009

Garden visitors

A great afternoon in the garden today, birds where everywhere and for once the sun was out and light was pretty good.

I managed to snap almost everything that came into the garden and have selected my four favourites for the post.

In order: Long Tailed tit, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Chaffinch, Nuthatch.

All photos taken with Nikon D70 + Sigma 170-500mm 17/01/2009.

Still no sign of the Siskins yet, but here's what we have had in our garden today: Goldfinch (7), Bluetit (1), Great tit (2), Nuthatch (1), Chaffinch (5), Blackbird (2), GS Woodpecker (1), Long Tailed Tit (3), all within about an hour and a half.

Bluetits are nowhere near the number we had about 5 years ago so I will be putting a few nest boxes up soon to try and attract them back, fingers crossed.

12 comments:

  1. Great pics - as always Mike. Get them boxes up soon the blue tits are already looking for sites!!

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  2. Great pictures Mike. This picture of the long-tailed tit makes the body seem too small for its long tail. It is such a sweet bird. I wish I could see it in person.

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  3. Cheers Warren, ye definitely need to get these sorted.

    Hi Lisa, they do are funny looking bird really with tiny beaks and long tails, but they are incredibly agile and can hang off almost anything, I have a shot of one in flight, check out my gallery, ta.

    Mike.

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  4. I would love to see these birds for real, especially the woodpecker with the beautiful red under tail. Sometimes I want to ask, "Who thinks up the designs and colour combination for these beautiful creatures?" All lovely and I notice you have a 500mm lens, that must be so great to work with. -30 C here this morning! Again!
    ann

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  5. Great shots Mike, Nuthatch is my fav. Wish I got them in my garden.

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  6. I think that long-tailed Tit is just the cutest roundest little bird I've seen! And his beak is so tiny! That Woodpecker always amazes me with that extreme red tail area. The nuthatch is great! This is a wonderful set of photos.

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  7. Beautiful images technically and pleasing to the eyes. Sharp details, amazing poses, catchlight in the eyes of all subjects and awesome compositions...Thomas

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  8. Beautiful shots, especially the Long Tailed Tit.

    Paul.

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  9. Fantastic photos here Mike. The Nuthatch is a bird I would like to see in our garden. Loved the GSW shot in particular.

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  10. A beautiful view in your garden.I love the long-tailed tit but the rest is also very good.Goodjob!!!!

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  11. I really do need to do something about getting birds to my yard. Your photos are just beautiful and so clear.

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THANKS FOR YOUR COMMENTS, MIKE.