Sunday, 15 February 2009

Mum's birds - part 4

I wish there was a way to photograph these birds without having to shoot through double glazing, but I know they wouldn't come so close if the glass wasn't there! It makes all these shots 'soft' which is a shame. It's still fun to do though! (-:
Our Goldfinch is a very smart looking bird which looks like it has dipped its head in red ink. They are generally found in flocks, specially in the winter time and have a lovely liquid twittering song.They particularly like sunflower hearts and also niger seed. This one is eyeing up the sunflower heart feeder in this shot.The Dunnock may be generally seen as a little brown job, but I love them. They have a subtle plumage and the sweetest of songs which I have begun to hear again already this year.This shot and the Marsh Tit (next but one) are not very good, but both the Coal Tit (below) and the Marsh Tit never stay long at all at the feeders. They tend to quickly snatch a titbit and then fly off to a nearby tree to eat. These are the best shots I could get on the day. I'll just have to try harder another time! As I was watching the feeders from Mum's sitting room, this Grey Heron flew over. We don't see them all that often here so this was a nice bonus. He probably settled down further along the River Churn which flows along the bottom of the garden.The Marsh Tit as mentioned above with a Long-tailed Tit behind. On my last day visiting Mum, I went for a short walk up the hill. I'll post some of those photos tomorrow.

7 comments:

Shellmo said...

I can't get over all the colors on your finch! So beautiful and interesting to look at!

Roy said...

Never mind about the d/glazing they are still good and its quite a variety of birds Jen for your Mum to enjoy. Look forward to the next post.

Steve B said...

This is such a fun post. Window shooting is perfectly acceptable for documenting what's visiting mum's feeders. We don’t mind at all! Thanks for showing.

Chris said...

beautiful and funny when we know how you got them, but they are really ok, even if it is windows shooting...

Quiet Paths said...

It's like a rainbow finch! Beautiful colors. And the tit is very akin to our black capped -- is that correct?

The blue heron is always our guide on trips; we see them and feel as if they are flying along with us.

Eve said...

I've got many pictures through the window Jenny...better to do it that way than scare away your opportunity!
These are just wonderful!

Mary said...

Really nice shots of the goldfinch. So much more colorful than ours. I guess I don't mind shooting through windows, because I would never get any decent shots otherwise :-)