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Monday, 15 February 2010

Out again

I managed to escape from the house Saturday for a short while. Terrible light,bitterly cold and a quick flurry of snow. But the birds were good.

Blue Tit

Marsh Tit

Great Tit


Mr. Mallard

and a whiskered Mrs. Blackbird.


  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you.. I was having a very bad day of missing England and then I visit to see all my favourite birds, tears are welling as I smell the dampness in the air, feel the cold working its way through my boots, but, the warmth in my heart radiates out and caresses my sad homesick heart by simply seeing your wonderful photos.....

  2. Fabulous clear photos Keith. I love the expression on the Mallard's face. 'I expect extra food for close ups you know.'

  3. Glad to see you are heading in the right direction and thanks for the Nuthatch, saw one the other day and failed to identify it. Cheers.

  4. Hi Keith,
    To be honest we kind of see that the weather was quite bad around on your pictures ;-) Where is the sun mate??? Still you have nice pictures and I love the tits one a lot as I cannot see them as often as you do :-)

  5. Gorgeous photos Keith! How on earth do you take photos like that in bad light?

    I noticed both the Blue Tit and the Nuthatch were ringed. I'm not sure I have ever seen a Marsh Tit.

    Really lovely and I'm glad you were able to get out for a while. Take care, look after yourself :)

  6. These are lovely images Keith. Great shot of the Nuthatch.

  7. love that Marsh Tit. how did you get him to sit still?

  8. ...you caught some really cute captures here. The little nuthatch and Blue Tit are even sporting bracelets! Glad you were able to get out and about and see some birds...

  9. Just wonderful.
    We had our annual backyard bird count this weekend and I was very disappointed with only 5 birds and 4 squirrels. You had much better luck than I.

  10. Lovely as always, and the light looks good to me. Take care of yourself.

  11. Gemel, thank you. I’m glad my pictures bring back such happy memories for you.

    Thanks John. The Mallard is a great performer at lakes for a slice of bread or two.

    Cheers Adrian. They always remind me of a bandit, with that black stripe through the eye.

    Cheers Chris. Wish I knew where the sun was lol

    Thanks Jan. There’s quite a few ringed birds at this spot, and it’s very popular with these small birds. A lot of people leave seed scattered for them through the year, so it makes it easier to get close for pictures.

    Thanks Roy. It’s a good spot for Nuthatches.

    Thanks Pete. A little seed scattered, and most of the birds favour a particular perch before coming down. Just a matter of wait and hope. :)

    Thanks Kelly. It was good to get out for a short time.

    Andrea, thank you. I’m sure they know when they’re being counted, and hide for a while lol

    Thanks for your comment Jo. I took plenty of pictures because of the poor light, and had a lot that didn’t make it. Good thing about digital; you can always delete the rubbish :)

  12. Hi Keith, I saw and photographed all these birds ( except the Mallard) - obviously not anywhere near as good as yours - on Friday.
    I was at Salcey Forest, where did you go ? Presume it was local.
    Glad to see you're on the mend. Take it steady though mate.

  13. The nuthatch has a ring.:-)
    Beautiful photos.

  14. Hiya Rob. Yea, I saw your post about that; the Tits and Nuthatches, and squirrel.........I thought I'd left a comment. I reckon my minds going now lol

    These were all at Stockgrove Park, by the lake. Great place to get close to the birds.

  15. Thanks for your comment Kozma.
    I think they do some 'ringing' at this spot through the year. Quite a few birds have rings.

  16. That Nuthach had a ring around its leg. In all, the pics are very good, even with bad light.

  17. I really like the blue tit.

    I hope you are feeling better, and I'm still praying for you!

  18. Thanks Bob. It'll be good to see some sun soon :)

    Jen, thank you. Feel a bit better every day :)

  19. Nice to see you are getting out and about more again Keith. All lovely images, but I have to say I love the Blue Tit. Gorgeous. Take good care. A

  20. Great selection Keith like the Nuthatch and the Marsh Tit you have done well to capture they don't stay still for long!

  21. Mr. Mallard looks quite intellectual - good productive day behind your lens.

  22. Thanks Angie. Just getting out for a little while certainly makes a difference.

    Thanks Bob. Yea, they're pretty quick at times ;)

    Thank you Ginger. He does have an air of aloofness doesn't he lol

  23. I see you haven't lost your touch. The Marsh Tit and Nuthatch are my favourites. Interesting to see how many birds you have photographed are ringed! FAB.

  24. Thanks Frank. There were quite a few birds there with jewellery on.

  25. So many wonderful birds around you! The Marsh tite ist my favourite one. Greetings from Luzia.