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Posted by Robert: Mon May 11th, 2020 16:57 201st Post
Thank you Graham, excellent pictures, particularly interesting to see the interaction between the birds.



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Posted by Eric: Mon May 11th, 2020 19:44 202nd Post
The Jackdaw returned today....hoping it will come back tomorrow, when the wind drops and I can open the window to get a clearer shot!!!!




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Posted by jk: Mon May 11th, 2020 20:56 203rd Post
Very common here in Cornwall Eric.  They seem to spend all day bobbing around my garden or on the roof but they are quite shy so if I go out they clear off.



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Posted by Eric: Mon May 11th, 2020 21:59 204th Post
jk wrote:
Very common here in Cornwall Eric.  They seem to spend all day bobbing around my garden or on the roof but they are quite shy so if I go out they clear off. Yes very skitty. But will persevere.



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Posted by jk: Tue May 12th, 2020 18:57 205th Post
Eric wrote:
Yes very skitty. But will persevere. Yes they are.

Their plumage around the head is beautiful grey and black that is so subtly blended.



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Posted by Eric: Tue May 12th, 2020 19:17 206th Post
jk wrote:
Yes they are.

Their plumage around the head is beautiful grey and black that is so subtly blended.
Like mine. :lol::lol::lol:



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Posted by jk: Tue May 12th, 2020 19:48 207th Post
:lol:
You know that we are all jealous of your wonderful plumage!

Mind you if they don't allow barbers and hairdressers to unlock soon I will be going for the Albert Einstein trophy!



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Posted by Robert: Tue May 12th, 2020 21:37 208th Post
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:lol:

Mind you if they don't allow barbers and hairdressers to unlock soon I will be going for the Albert Einstein trophy!

I did some hacking at my mop yesterday, only the bits I can see in the mirror, I daren't tackle the back, so I now have a short front and sides!  Perhaps two mirrors? :lol:



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Posted by chrisbet: Tue May 12th, 2020 22:35 209th Post
It's a bit like reversing a trailer - takes practice because everything goes the opposite way - I don't suppose my trick of holding the wheel at the bottom works with scissors ... :lol:



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Posted by Iain: Wed May 13th, 2020 13:43 210th Post
my hair is fine :lol::lol:

 


Posted by Eric: Wed May 13th, 2020 19:41 211th Post
My wife cut mine....so I cut hers!

The bruises are fading and the swelling going down. 
I may be able to see out of my left eye in a day or two.



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Posted by Eric: Wed May 13th, 2020 19:48 212th Post
Bath time...



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Posted by Eric: Wed May 13th, 2020 20:06 213th Post

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Posted by Graham Whistler: Wed May 13th, 2020 22:23 214th Post
Well caught Eric good shutter speed! Our starlings with plenty of young still flat out. Sadly one youngster hit a window and was dead Jackdaw down at once and had a go at the little body! Too little water in my shot!

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Posted by Iain: Thu May 14th, 2020 13:07 215th Post
These are good guys. :thumbs:

 


Posted by Eric: Thu May 14th, 2020 22:46 216th Post
One more and I am done...got to find another species to photograph.  A female bull finch flew across the garden this afternoon ...at 200mph. Never to be seen again. 



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Posted by Robert: Fri May 15th, 2020 10:16 217th Post
Nice portrait Eric.



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Posted by Graham Whistler: Sat May 16th, 2020 18:38 218th Post
Yes Eric we need a change from the 30 noisey starlings every day. One of out 4 or 5 regular dunnocks is best I can do.

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Posted by Graham Whistler: Sun May 17th, 2020 09:34 219th Post
Young Robin having a drink this morning, starlings still flat out and driving even the Jackdaws away!

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Posted by Graham Whistler: Sun May 17th, 2020 10:49 220th Post
I shoud have added I had a fault with the D850 shortly after this pix: the parent came down to feed the young robin I picked up the camera in hurry with 500mm to grab a shot and it would not fire! Birds flew pix missed. "for" displayed in top window, looked at back of camera "card not formatted". I must have touched menu button because last night changed battery and formatted both cards. So now camera locked at this could not take any more pixs even took out battery but "for" still dispalayed. Up to computer as I did not want to format cards or pixs would be lost. Down loaded pixs see above all pixs OK.  XQD card back in camera formatted both cards all work well again!



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Posted by jk: Sun May 17th, 2020 14:22 221st Post
Those are very fine images Graham.
Beautiful.



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Posted by Eric: Mon May 18th, 2020 20:30 222nd Post
One of our ‘new’ visitors....



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Posted by Eric: Mon May 18th, 2020 20:33 223rd Post
And a ‘not so new’ visitor....




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Posted by Graham Whistler: Tue May 19th, 2020 10:08 224th Post
What is the "New" visitor Eric?



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Posted by chrisbet: Tue May 19th, 2020 10:21 225th Post
Graham Whistler wrote:
What is the "New" visitor Eric? Thrush?



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Posted by Eric: Tue May 19th, 2020 12:32 226th Post
Graham Whistler wrote:
What is the "New" visitor Eric? New as in newly hatched ....blackbird



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Posted by Graham Whistler: Tue May 19th, 2020 16:54 227th Post
Thanks Eric thought it might be and have just seen one in our garden.



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Posted by chrisbet: Tue May 19th, 2020 19:32 228th Post
Doesn't look like the fledgling blackbirds we have in the garden, they don't have the mottling.

Thrush and blackbird are same family.

Counted in the garden today (but  no pics as I am busy fixing the garage roof ) wren, house sparrow, blackbird, jay, magpie, collared dove, blue tit and heard but not seen - gulls!



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Posted by Iain: Tue May 19th, 2020 19:49 229th Post
Definitely a juvenile blackbird and a nice one at that.

 


Posted by Eric: Wed May 20th, 2020 10:07 230th Post
chrisbet wrote:
Doesn't look like the fledgling blackbirds we have in the garden, they don't have the mottling.

Thrush and blackbird are same family.

Counted in the garden today (but  no pics as I am busy fixing the garage roof ) wren, house sparrow, blackbird, jay, magpie, collared dove, blue tit and heard but not seen - gulls!
The mottling is there in the early stages like the Robin by gradually goes once they are fully feathered.
We have a pair of Song thrush that nest at the very bottom of the garden. Very shy rarely come closer to the house. Would love to see some success for them this year as Song thrush are getting very scarce, but they teach the young to be elusive as well.



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Posted by chrisbet: Wed May 20th, 2020 10:16 231st Post
Thanks for the explanation. We used to have very tame song thrushes in the garden years ago, but they have gone now. Shame because their song is beautiful.



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Posted by Eric: Wed May 20th, 2020 21:42 232nd Post
The humble house sparrow is a beautifully marked bird.....just a bit fidgety when searching for greenfly....




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Posted by Graham Whistler: Thu May 21st, 2020 10:26 233rd Post
Eric your young blackbird is much darker that the two presently in our garden.  I will try and get a picture of one but we are so busy working in garden at present there my be a problem if a camera is seen by senior managment!



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Posted by chrisbet: Thu May 21st, 2020 11:38 234th Post
Take senior management a cup of tea and declare a tea break :lol:



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Posted by Eric: Thu May 21st, 2020 17:00 235th Post
Graham Whistler wrote:
Eric your young blackbird is much darker that the two presently in our garden.  I will try and get a picture of one but we are so busy working in garden at present there my be a problem if a camera is seen by senior managment! It may be my processing but from memory that’s about right...similar to adult female except the speckle breast.

Speaking of which ....just discovered that young goldfinches have a speckled breast too...



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I love the bemused look on its face....”you mean, stick my head in that hole?”.



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Posted by Graham Whistler: Fri May 22nd, 2020 11:02 236th Post
You are right Eric our Young Blackbird much same as yours. Poor light this morning hope it brings rain our waterbuts all run out! D850 Lens 500mm PF no x1.4  1/500 sec f6.3 ISO 1250

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Posted by Graham Whistler: Fri May 22nd, 2020 11:04 237th Post
Same as above but much further away so lager blow-up.

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Posted by Eric: Sat May 23rd, 2020 20:41 238th Post

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Double take!




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Older brother or sister......





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Posted by Graham Whistler: Sat May 23rd, 2020 22:44 239th Post
Nice set of pixs, super little birds.



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Posted by Eric: Sun May 24th, 2020 12:33 240th Post
Well that’s it folks. I am giving up photographing baby’s starlings. 

I foolishly sprinkled some mealworms on the lawn closer to the house and did some videoing of them feeding, drinking /bathing in the water bath. Lovely close footage using the 500mm lens on the D850. The squawking and feeding frenzy was very loud. 

So much so, it attracted one of the several killer cats in the area which shot out of the border and grabbed one of the young birds I had been filming.  

I chased after the b*stard and it dropped the bird to escape over the fence ...but the damage had been done. One of ‘my cast members’ died in my hands.

To make matters worse, in the process of acting like a 20 year old,  I fell over and b*ggered my arthritic toe ...that had only just recovered from several weeks of a gout attack.   :needsahug:

Who would have thought bird photography could be so dangerous?



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Posted by Iain: Sun May 24th, 2020 13:52 241st Post
This is the best I can offer as I only have a yard and don't get much in.

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Posted by chrisbet: Sun May 24th, 2020 13:53 242nd Post
Clearly much more risky than you thought!



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Posted by Iain: Sun May 24th, 2020 13:54 243rd Post
Eric wrote:
Well that’s it folks. I am giving up photographing baby’s starlings. 

I foolishly sprinkled some mealworms on the lawn closer to the house and did some videoing of them feeding, drinking /bathing in the water bath. Lovely close footage using the 500mm lens on the D850. The squawking and feeding frenzy was very loud. 

So much so, it attracted one of the several killer cats in the area which shot out of the border and grabbed one of the young birds I had been filming.  

I chased after the b*stard and it dropped the bird to escape over the fence ...but the damage had been done. One of ‘my cast members’ died in my hands.

To make matters worse, in the process of acting like a 20 year old,  I fell over and b*ggered my arthritic toe ...that had only just recovered from several weeks of a gout attack.   :needsahug:

Who would have thought bird photography could be so dangerous?
Thats the trouble when you still think your 25. I don't have the cat issue with three dogs. :lol:

 


Posted by chrisbet: Sun May 24th, 2020 15:09 244th Post
Lol - my 3 dogs try to take out the pigeons when they land in the garden!



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Posted by Eric: Sun May 24th, 2020 17:37 245th Post
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This is the best I can offer as I only have a yard and don't get much in. When are likely to be able to get out to your reserve, Iain?  
I know the public hides are shut at RSPB et al sites but I thought you had a private place to visit like Jeff?

Incidentally has anyone heard from Jeff? He’s not been posting and do hope he has stayed safe away from the virus with his heart condition. 🤞



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Posted by Iain: Sun May 24th, 2020 18:03 246th Post
I can get out to the reserves now but not into the hides. The problem now is with the trees etc in full leaf you don’t see much. The feeding stations/hides is where you would see things at this time of year so in a catch 22.

 


Posted by chrisbet: Sun May 24th, 2020 21:10 247th Post
Rather a grey day here but looking out the window I noticed an odd bird on the birdbath - it seemed to have a white rump and dark wings - went to grab the camera but it had flown. So I waited a while to see if it reappeared which it didn't!
However I did have the blackbirds screaming back & forth - not settling for a drink - then I spotted one of our noisy neighbours up in the top of the trees -



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Posted by Eric: Mon May 25th, 2020 08:07 248th Post
Iain wrote:
I can get out to the reserves now but not into the hides. The problem now is with the trees etc in full leaf you don’t see much. The feeding stations/hides is where you would see things at this time of year so in a catch 22. My birding friend Mike was telling me that the Cley reserve has been completely closed off to the public, not just the hides. In the few weeks we were all in total lockdown, many birds have started nesting within feet of the paths....including a Bittern! They don’t want to risk scaring them off before the young fledge. I suspect the wardens and friends are getting some good photographs. ☹️



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Posted by Eric: Mon May 25th, 2020 08:23 249th Post
chrisbet wrote:
Rather a grey day here but looking out the window I noticed an odd bird on the birdbath - it seemed to have a white rump and dark wings - went to grab the camera but it had flown. So I waited a while to see if it reappeared which it didn't!
However I did have the blackbirds screaming back & forth - not settling for a drink - then I spotted one of our noisy neighbours up in the top of the trees -



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Nicely caught. Magpies can be very skitty and ‘shy’. I find them difficult to get optimum exposure due to the intense white and black. 
There’s also something prehistoric about how a magpie moves about. I reckon they are closely related to velociraptors 😆 

We have a family that visit us. With all the small bird nesting that must be in the guarding we put food out for these predators to try to defray loss of there offspring. Magpies love corn, Jays love half peanuts, jackdaws love mealworms and squirrels eat anything but prefer nuts and sunflower hearts. Interestingly the Tits don’t like half peanuts especially without the husk. I suppose they like a round object they recognise as the real McCoy? If we put half peanuts in a feeder they regularly through away several whities before getting one they like....the ground crew (pigeons and doves) are always appreciative. It’s quite a complicated (not to mention expensive) life managing wildlife mealtimes in this place. 😞



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Posted by chrisbet: Mon May 25th, 2020 09:54 250th Post
I never feed the birds - we have a very woodland like garden with a variety of trees and surrounding wild hedges that attract and feed the birds, from the hawthorn that the doves & pigeons love to eat the buds in May through to the apples & plums in autumn. The garden is full of insects that attract the bats as well. We have several species that nest every year, blue tits in the boxes, blackbirds, wrens & robins in the hedges and doves, magpies and pigeons in the trees.

The problem is that they have such good cover that getting a clear shot of them is usually only possible if they are at the bird baths or the pond.



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