Archive for January, 2009

They’re back!

Posted in birds, garden, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , on 30 January 2009 by bramblejungle

As I filled the fat-ball feeder this evening, I suddenly found myself in the midst of a flock of long-tailed tits, some only a metre or so away. By the time I’d fetched the camera they had set about the fat-balls, and let me get close enough for a few shots. They move fast, and even in “sports” mode exposure was 1/13 sec at ISO 200 (any higher than that and the Panasonic’s noise level is unusably high) – but here they are anyway. I hope I’ll be seeing them again.



Garden birdwatch

Posted in birds, garden, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , , on 24 January 2009 by bramblejungle

This weekend is the RSPB‘s annual garden birdwatch weekend. I spotted 14 bird species, none rare, but three (house sparrow, starling and song-thrush) with “red” conservation status because of their rapid decline in recent years. Here’s my list:
Blackbird: 2
Chaffinch: 2
Collared dove: 2
Dunnock: 2
Great tit: 2
Greenfinch: 2
House sparrow: 7
Jackdaw: 1
Robin: 2
Rook: 1
Song thrush: 1
Starling: 2
Woodpigeon: 3

The longtailed tit

Posted in Uncategorized on 11 January 2009 by bramblejungle

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Longtailed tit

Clear skies

Posted in oxfordshire, photography with tags , , , on 10 January 2009 by bramblejungle

It’s been freezing and overcast all week, and all I’ve managed to photograph is a long-tailed tit at 1/15 sec – but tonight’s full moon is some compensation (NASA say it’s a “perigee” moon – when the moon is at its closest to the earth).

Perigee moon

Basking in the winter sun…

Posted in "red kite", birds, flight, oxfordshire, photography, pigeon, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , on 3 January 2009 by bramblejungle

Not quite. It’s still close to freezing, and most of the birds are fluffed up to maximise their insulation – the great-tit and starling are barely recognisable. Still, there was a lot of wildlife in evidence this afternoon, including a red kite hunting and a song-thrush feasting on sloes. The large black bird on an aerial looks like the one that visited our bird-table recently, but I don’t know how to tell whether it’s a crow (Corvus corone) or a juvenile rook (C. frugilegus).

Winter snapshots

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