Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Wings on Wednesday

Glorious day yesterday. Set up the 350D to take some automatic photos of any birds visiting the garden pond waterfall. Lighting not so good as the Sun is lower in the sky so the depth of focus wasn't great.

Mainly House Sparrows. Not a good photo but gives an idea of how well they have been breeding this year.


Of course Starlings cannot resist a good bath either.....


... making sure everyone else gets a good shower at the same time.


Back with the Sparrows I have been pleased to see a few Tree Sparrows returning to the feeders after spending the Summer in the local hedgerows. Young House Sparrow at the top, Tree Sparrow underneath.

House and Tree Sparrows

Another missed photo: (Bee or Moth?)

While I was seeing what to prune out of the remaining Lavender bush I spotted a new visitor. Was it a bee or a moth? It looked much like the Hummingbird Hawk Moth photos I have looked at but the descriptions say the size is 35 to 45 mm wingspan and my visitor seemed smaller than that. The body looked just like a smallish bumblebee, it had the straight snout sticking out in front and hovered like a hummingbird. Of course I dashed in for the TZ7 but it had gone by the time I got back and I haven't seen it again.


  1. Good to see a Tree Sparrow John.

  2. A long time since I've seen a tree sparrow.
    Good to see Starlings being their inimitable selves.

  3. Lovely to see the happy sparrows enjoying their wash:)

  4. What a great number of birds around your garden water feature. They obviously love it. Interesting to see the two kinds of sparrow close like that. My bird book says there are both kinds out here in Australia (introduced of course) but I think I have only see the House Sparrow.

  5. Lovely to see the birds enjoying their baths and showers! Your photos of the birds at the feeder are so clear and detailed ~

  6. Adrian; Don't think I would see any if they didn't visit the garden.

  7. It makes a change, Helen, from having their usual dust bath.

  8. It was a star attraction in the very hot weather recently Mick. The Tree Sparrows seem much more timid and don;t seem to flock together like the House Sparrows.

  9. Bright sunshine always helps with getting sharp bird photos Glo.


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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