Saturday, 29 May 2010

Coal Tit Feeding a Fledgeling

Yesterday I had put up one of the Suet Feast blocks to see whether the Blue Tits would be attracted to it. This morning, once the multitude of Starlings had departed for a while, a pair of Coal Tits kept visiting the suet block over and over again. They were obviously feeding one or more fledgelings but though I managed to film the adults the actual feeding eluded the camcorder as the youngster(s) moved to a different position after each beak full. Fortunately on one occasion they were in sufficient view to enable me to get some stills with the 50D + 400mm.

Fledgeling Coal Tit

Coal Tit Feeding Fledgeling 1

Coal Tit Feeding Fledgeling 2

Coal Tit Feeding Fledgeling 3

Coal Tit Feeding Fledgeling 4

This is the first time I have seen the Coal Tits for quite a while and was very fortunate to be in the right place at the right time.

6 comments:

  1. Great captures, John! Funnily enough I saw a Coal Tit in the garden a few days ago, the first for some time.

    I'm still struggling to keep up, unfortunately 'real' life keeps intervening :(

    I enjoyed the birdy videos on 'Friday at the Flicks' but the Crane Fly one wouldn't run. I do love hearing all the bird song in your garden and as for the Starling noise... it has been deafening here this week :)

    It was nice to see the House Sparrow at the nest box, I wish the Blue Tit I have been trying to photograph going in and out of a hole in a tree would pause at the entrance like that, it was just too fast for me!

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  2. Thank you Jan. The problem with the video may well have been a glitch at YouTube. It seems to show OK here.

    It was lucky that the sparrow stayed outside the nest though so far I have missed getting a shot of a little beak poking out when the parent leaves. Wildlife photography can be very frustrating at times but also very exhilarating on the occasion things click into place.

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  3. My Mum still does that to me! I only have to go round to see her and look vaguely hungry.. and before I know it there is a metaphorical beakfull of worms placed in front of me. Mothers all over the world will do likewise!

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  4. A stunning collection. Nicely captured.

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Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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