Sunday, 4 March 2012
Unfortunately, no picture, but just had a Sparrowhawk kill in the front garden at spot on 6 o clock. It was a male blackbird, taken right outside of the nest he was sharing with a female blackbird possibly looking after chicks. It was very dark and raining, so bad luck for the blackbird and good skills on the sparrowhawks side. Im sad to see him go, he was a friendly old soul who sat on the brick wall when I left everyday, but everybody has to eat. Hopefully, if they were raising a brood, the female does not suffer too much.
Saturday, 25 February 2012
Sorry for the absence, have been busy with school etc, but back now for a while :)
Saw my first blackcap yesterday, he visited the sunflower-hearts-feeder, but I didnt get a picture as he didnt stay for long! These are from today: Could someone confirm no.2 is a sparrow? thanks! :)
Sunday, 12 February 2012
After giving my dad his birthday presents I was back to the birds. Inside today as I'm still cold from yesterday, and I wanted to let the LTTs visit without scarpering when they see me as they're very timid at the moment. Tried alan's advice about the aperture mode, i think it was on a f5 for most of these shots - can't remember! I was definitley messing around with it and found f11 to be too fast and blurred the pictures.
If you didnt know before you can click images to make them bigger + slideshow!
|From left: Greenfinch, Long-tailed Tit, Greenfinch and a Goldfinch|
|Three Greenfinches and a Goldfinch|
|Greenfinch, dunnock, greenfinch|
No new birds to report again, have noticed less blue tits and great tits visiting but may be feeding elsewhere with all these finches about! Did see one Great Tit though
Saturday, 11 February 2012
As the title suggests, not as an exciting day as yesteraday. No new birds to report. However, all of the finches were out in power today with over 7 greenfinches visiting at one time (with likely more waiting behind for their turn!) Also the goldfinches and chaffinches. The dunnocks were also frequent today with the lack of blackbirds (maximum of 2 as opposed to recent numbers of 8)
I took a load of pictures today, but because I was messing around with the camera not really knowing what i was doing, they're all too grainy or dark! Will get better I promise
However, have been testing out the macro on the new camera on a willing subject...
And also another video... Nothing special, dunnocks, blackbirds and a chaffinch or two... As soon as I put the camera down and went back inside to get ready to go out, every other bird seemed to descend (long tailed tits, coal tits, goldfinches, to name a few...) Oh well
There is a 1080HD quality in the settings (the cog wheel)
Friday, 10 February 2012
|Half the flock of Fieldfares|
Finally saw my first fieldfares today as a flock of about 20-25 landed in the trees surrounding our garden. Only had time to catch a few snaps out of the window before they moved further down the street, probably in search of the last few berries and apples! It was a real treat to see them - I heard their peculiar calls before I actually saw them.
Also seen about was...
In the 10 minutes or so after the fieldfares: dunnocks, blackbirds, starlings, goldfinches, greenfinches, chaffinches, robin and coal tits.
Thursday, 9 February 2012
|Redwing, picture from last weekend|
Outside, snow is starting to fall again in the Leicestershire area and probably everywhere else, so expect a new bout of visitors tomorrow and the weekend ahead. Topped up with batteries and a bigger memory stick for more photographs hopefully! Stay safe, warm, and upright :)
Wednesday, 8 February 2012
New memory stick arrived and will finally be able to get to the shops to get some more batteries to take some pictures. The LTTs returned in a group of 4 and are definitely becoming more confident when feeding. Jackdaws visited the garden once, but frightened off by the blackbirds fighting. Cold is still staying here and snow is expected on friday. Will update as soon as camera is charged again!
Sunday, 5 February 2012
The redwings returned in a flock of about 12, but only one or two landed in the trees surrounding the garden. There were apples out, but they didnt feed. Perhaps too shy or not interested.
Most of the visitors were blackbirds (a record of 8) who fought constantly for the best pieces of apple, and a host of finches (chaffinches, greenfinches and goldfinches.)
|Two Long Tailed Tits|
|Single Long Tailed Tit|
The Long-tailed tits also came back in a small group of 3 (only two pictured, fast fluffballs!)
Also... I decided to try out the video function on the new S2950. It was very cold, so shaky hands, and also the battery wasnt great as i'd been trying to get the best quality pictures out of it (and failed hehe) So excuse the bad photography skills!
Saturday, 4 February 2012
|Two House Sparrows|