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AlanF

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Aug 16, 2012
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Is this a male or female? We're curious which is gathering the nest materials.
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The male and female work together to build their nest, taking nearly three weeks if it's early in the season, or doing a rush job of less than a week, if it's getting late.

The nest is shaped rather like a bottle, usually with a roof and an entrance hole near the top. They construct it in a bush or in the fork of a tree, from moss, camouflaged with lichen with interwoven cobwebs and sometimes bits of paper stuck on the outside.

To make the inside cosy for the eggs and chicks, a feather lining is added. They need a lot of feathers - as many as 1,500! Where do they find that many? Long-tailed tits pick up stray feathers along the way, or they may visit the bodies of dead birds to 'recycle' their feathers


And, here is the nest viewed from the top and the side.

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Valvebounce

EOS 5D SR
Apr 3, 2013
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Hi Alan.
I just hope he is not there for your long tailed tits! At the hide where I volunteer we witnessed the local Kestrel leave his perch and swoop through the bird feeders, fortunately all the tits saw him coming and took cover! It surprised us how quickly they returned (a couple of minutes at most) once he returned to his perch, a telegraph pole about 50yds away. He often spends ages sitting on this pole grooming or just watching, we have seen him go down and catch something on the ground below, possibly a vole.
It makes us laugh, a visitor will come down and get all exited, there is a Kestrel on the pole here and you are all looking at the tits and squirrels, yea he’s been there an hour on and off and we all have so many shots of him, it is boring now!

Cheers, Graham.

This afternoon, a male Kestrel.
 

AlanF

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Hi Alan.
I just hope he is not there for your long tailed tits! At the hide where I volunteer we witnessed the local Kestrel leave his perch and swoop through the bird feeders, fortunately all the tits saw him coming and took cover! It surprised us how quickly they returned (a couple of minutes at most) once he returned to his perch, a telegraph pole about 50yds away. He often spends ages sitting on this pole grooming or just watching, we have seen him go down and catch something on the ground below, possibly a vole.
It makes us laugh, a visitor will come down and get all exited, there is a Kestrel on the pole here and you are all looking at the tits and squirrels, yea he’s been there an hour on and off and we all have so many shots of him, it is boring now!

Cheers, Graham.
No, he is about 1/2 mile away. I am more worried that we have a couple of magpies in the garden. One of them was perched just above the nest.
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ISO64

EOS T7i
Jul 2, 2015
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More luck than brains, kind of... This is a photo of an European blackbird, males are ordinarily black with just a splash of yellow beak. Sometimes, a genetic. game of chances gives an unusual combo of white and black feathers. This is not an albino bird, the proper name is leucistic blackbird.
Not my usual gear, took 55-2504/5.6 as a lens. I walked by this place countless times with whites on 7D2, but the bird did not bother to show up. And if I had no camera, the bird would just sing from the branch :)

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Jack Douglas

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Apr 10, 2013
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A White-breasted nuthatch, today. Usually I cannot get close to them but this one was desperate for food, I guess.
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Funny how different birds in different locations are variously approachable. Having a feeder at my place, this is one of the easy birds that are very approachable. However, before the feeder and out in the bush, I would have said the same thing.

That's a very nice pose and so typical, perfect.

Jack
 
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Jack Douglas

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Apr 10, 2013
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Here in Canada there aren't very many flying Tits and understandably the name conjures up other images than birds. If there were, I'm sure the politically correct enforcers would have ensured that the name got changed. Maybe Chickadee is already and example??

Oh, I see via an internet article that Great Tits a killing other birds and are also migrating all over - sad.

Jack
 
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ERHP

EOS RP
May 9, 2013
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Somewhat constrained on places to shoot lately, and still working but I did find some time to get out to the Salton Sea and lay down in the mud by some shallow pools. The star of the afternoon was a Yuma Clapper Rail, which deigned to stop and preen in a fairly open area just across from me.

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ISv

"The equipment that matters, is you"
Apr 30, 2017
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A lot of very nice shots here during the time I'm guiding my daughter where and how to shoot macro-lens... And where is it save to go because there are practically no other people over there (COVID-19)... Today is actually first day I was able to take some real shots of birds. And even more: The Bufflehead is new species in my collection (I have to take better - for such a hot and humid day as of today ~23 meters were to much)! All the rest are rather common and I have posted better photos before, these now are just... to have photos of some birds today:)!
BTW - the Bristle-thighed Curlew is by far the rarest bird (for the world) in this series but it is much more common here on the Islands than the Bufflehead! Note the personal number and especially the GPS antenna - it's how we know they are flying non-stop from Alaska to Hawaii!!! Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to sneak closely - to take a nice photo when they already went over the molt and have a nice feathers - ready to go back to Alaska!



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