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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Tuesday, 5 July 2011

GREEDY LITTLE DEVILS (05/07/11)

When we stop one of my first jobs is to put up the bird feeders. Recently there have been few visitors. Today we have been inundated………I had to refill the seed feeder mid afternoon.

Most of the diners are juveniles so ID will be a bit hit and miss………….No change here then!! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA          Grown ups…………Chaffinch and Greenfinch.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         A young Blue Tit.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         I can’t even hazard a guess………….it’s not very old whatever it is.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA       Sparrows…………there are lots of these.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA      I think this is a young Chaffinch.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA    Another young Sparrow.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA      This young female Mallard has the smartest bill I have ever seen on a duck……..it’s brand new. She has spent most of the day sitting under the feeder. I had come to the conclusion that she had eaten so much she couldn’t stand let alone fly………….she’s gone now so all is well.

I’ll see what there is to see tomorrow and hope to share it with you.

15 comments:

  1. What a pretty young Mallard female. Love the other photos as well.

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  2. More sweet captures.. yours are always so well done. Don't you just love the face of a female mallard? They always appear to have this serene smile and bright eye. The Mona Lisa of the duck world.

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  3. When I taught, there was a mallard pair that laid eggs on the school property each spring, It was a good science topic each year.
    Maybe it's because you get such close-ups of the finches, they look bigger than the ones I get at my feeder.

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  4. Horst, they are common but this one is a beauty.

    Hilary, Yes she has a touch of Zen.

    Norma, I'm not too close the feeders are four yards from the van window. I do use a long lens. The seed feeder is around a foot tall.

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  5. These youngters seem to be feeding 24/7, almost need a mortgage to keep pace with refilling the dispenser! Lovely shots!

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  6. Adrian, your bird pictures have certainly gone up a few gears; these are excellent. Correct ID's on all, and I reckon the mystery one is a young sparra too.

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  7. Dee Bee, at least the Nuthatches and Starlings are elsewhere. Either can empty a feeder single winged in minutes.

    Keith, the light was spot on yesterday. Raining today. I think it is a Sparrow.

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  8. I agree wholeheartedly with Keith. A great series Adrian.

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  9. John, thanks they are sharp as a pin. I struggle with my long lens, nowt wrong with it, it's me.

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  10. Well you seem to have got some really good pictures out of the effort this time ;)

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  11. Monica, just the luck of the draw.

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  12. I'm limiting my GLDs to one feeder a day plus peanuts, a few suet balls and leftover home made bread. They were beginning to cost more than the car to run!

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  13. Graham, no peanut takers............It is horrendous what they get through. The advantage is they are cheaper than IPlayer on a dongle and more entertaining. I have trouble identifying adults, seeing parent and issue is educational.

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  14. These are awesome shots of at times common birds. Nice to see such good treatment of these subjects.

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  15. Jay, the light was as good as it gets.

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