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Friday, 27 May 2011

Blue Tits come back for lunch

After the excitement of the young Blue Tits leaving the safety of the nest, and going out into the big world, it's been good to see them coming back to the garden, and being fed by the parents.





The garden has become quite busy the last few days, with noisy young Starlings, House Sparrows feeding their young, and the occasional juvenile Goldfinch.

But the real stars have been the Blue Tits.




Beautiful little birds, and great to watch their antics.




It's been difficult to count how many of the original 11 have survived the last few days, but judging by the noise, and the frantic activity of the parent birds,




I would guess most, if not all, have made it.



 I hope so.

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Work has been a bit erratic; odd shifts this week, and a few meetings; a late shift coming up later, but hopefully I can start to catch up with everyone over the weekend.

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and

[ Myself and Trevor have a plan for Monday, 6th June.
A visit to Rye Meads nature reserve. If anyone fancies meeting up there, it would be great to see you. A blogger outing?
It opens at 10 a.m., but we'll be there earlier. Drop us an e-mail if you fancy it. ]

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Have a great weekend. 
 

31 comments:

  1. A cracking set of photos Keith. All the parent birds are looking more than a bit frazzled now.

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  2. Thanks John. Yea, the adults certainly work hard raising their young. Non stop.

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  3. Love the look on the face of young tit in the 4th photo. Looks a bit perturbed. :)

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  4. Fabulous series, full of animated activity and intimacy. Lovely work.

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  5. Thanks Nancy. Yea, they were waiting for more food lol

    Thanks Tim. Glad you enjoyed them. :)

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  6. Hi Keith some great inter action between the young and adults recorded here.

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  7. I didn't realize the parents still feed the young ones even after they've fledged. Interesting. How do you get so close? You must have a powerful zoom!

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  8. They are so delicate. Fantastic photos.

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  9. ...ahh! Sweet, sweet shots of the babies. Glad they came back to the garden, and you could watch the parents feeding them.

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  10. they do look like insistent little buggers! i sure hope they appeciate all that the parents do for them (can you tell I don't have kids of my own?!) ha!

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  11. Glad to see they're all doing well :o)
    As I write this I've got eleven young Starlings being fed by four adults on the feeders in my garden, the noise is deafening!!

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  12. Great close ups!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  13. Fabulous photos again Keith :) The parents must be exhausted by the end of the season, no wonder they get scruffier by the day!

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  14. What sweet babes!! Your trip sounds super, wish I was close by--Im actually traveling for the next 4 days myself...HOPE I see something fab!

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  15. Lovely series of images, nice to see so many there. We've just had one in the garden so far, a delight to see.

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  16. Great set of images Keith.

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  17. Thanks Bob. Great subjects for pictures, and right outside my door; perfect :)

    Thanks Jill. The parents will feed them for a little while yet. I think most of the birds that visit the garden are used to me now; and the young ones don't have that fear of humans yet. I use a 100-400mm zoom, which helps
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    Thank you Bob. Glad you enjoyed them.

    Thanks Kelly. If they are like last years youngsters, they will be around for a few weeks yet. It's lovely to see them return.

    Thanks Theresa. I'm sure they are very grateful lol

    Thanks Trevor. Those Starlings certainly let you know when they are about.

    Thank you Gary. :-)

    Jan, I feel sorry for some of these parent birds. They work non stop.

    Good luck with your trip Sondra. I'm sure it will be a good one.

    Thanks Paul. I never tire of watching them. :-)

    Thanks Roy. They'll keep me in pictures for weeks lol

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  18. Great photos Keith. Always nice when they return after they have fledged. You could end up with a lot more nests next year if they all stick around!

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  19. Lovely birds, those Blue Tits. Awesome job capturing them.

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  20. Keith, I love the begging Blue Tits babes. Your timing was perfect!
    Question...Do House Sparrows and Starlings attack and kill other nesting birds there like they do here in the States? They are so aggressive towards our native birds.

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  21. aw! love the way youngster look so helpless begging for food.

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  22. Total drama there!
    Enjoyed these action shots.

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  23. I am new to your blog, but I am just in awe! Amazing photos. You have a passion and a talent for capturing these birds. Thank you for sharing it!

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  24. Great action shots! Thanks for sharing them.

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  25. Sorry for late replies

    Thanks Adam. A garden full next year perhaps?

    Thank you Horst. :-)

    Thanks Jean.
    The Starlings here can be quite aggressive, but usually just with each other, over food. I've never seen, or heard of either birds attacking and killing other birds here though.

    Thanks Pete. :-)

    Thank you Indrani :-)

    Thank you for stopping by Elizabeth, and your lovely comments. Glad you enjoyed your visit.

    Mike, thank you :-)

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  26. Amazing series. The blue is fantastic. I dont get to see anything like this. Not here Im sure.

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  27. Thank you Lisa. They are such lovely little birds, and great acrobats. :-)

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  28. The blue tits babies are adorable! We have a few around here, but I have not seen any of their babies yet, only sparrow babies. Great pictures and post, as is the one below, of them leaving the nest!

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  29. Thanks Inger. It was great to watch them, and now they visit most of the day for food, with the adults. :-)

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  30. Phantastic shots of the little blue tits. 11 are a great job to do for the parents;-)) Tomorrow I wish you and Trevor a lot of fun on your trip!!! Hugs from Luzia.

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  31. Thanks Lucy. The parent birds are certainly going to be kept busy for a while :-)
    Thanks for the good wishes for tomorrow. I'm sure we'll have a great time :-)

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