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.
Archive for January, 2009
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:
Collared dove: 2
Great tit: 2
House sparrow: 7
Song thrush: 1
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).
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).