Wednesday, February 17

Goldies back!


 Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments http://glallotments.blogspot.co.uk/ author S Garrett

36 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures, Sue. Love garden birds, but wish they'd realise they are supposed to sit and pose a while too, in exchange for their food!

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    1. I set the camera to burst, Deborah and even then many escape.

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    1. Short lived Jessica as we haven't seen them since.

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  3. Yay.. and very beautiful they look too.. Loving the Blue Tit's fluffy hair-do :o)

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    1. Something must have excited him/her, Julie

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  4. What stunning birds. We have nothing like that here. What a treat !

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  5. Ditto what Sue said - incredibly cute, especially the 2nd one.

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    1. The top two are of a goldfinch and the other bird is a blue tit which is much smaller, Margaret.

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  6. How lovely, thank you very much for such cheering photos:)

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    1. Glad that you liked them sweffling

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  7. Great photos, Sue. I haven't seen Goldfinches in my garden at all this Winter. Presumably they have not migrated, due to the mild weather?

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    1. They wouldn't migrate to another country. Mark but may have headed out into a more natural landscape. One worry though was that the weather wasn't too good at nesting time last year.

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  8. Beautiful birds and your shots are fantastic !!
    Greetings

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  9. Oddly enough the ones I've had visiting for weeks now seem to have disappeared. Have you stole them Sue ;) only joking - nice to see them return to your garden.

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    1. If we did they didn't stay long, Angie

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  10. Fantastic news, Sue! Beautiful, clear images of them and the cheeky Blue tit too :-)

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    1. It was, Shirley but we only saw a couple and they have disappeared again.

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  11. We are lucky to get Goldfinches all year round visiting the feeders, they like the sunflower hearts. They are my favorite garden visitor,

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    1. We usually do, Brian but last summer they disappeared. We didn't even have the usual flock of juveniles. They usually live out sunflower hearts too.

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  12. I did the bird count this last weekend. This year there is couple of red-breasted nuthatch that is always around. It is funny to watch them go down tree trunks head first.

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    1. We see nuthatches in the parks, Alain but ours don't have red breasts.

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  13. What fun to see something besides chickens!

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  14. Beautiful birds, I have hopes that the woodpeckers are back this year, have heard them tapping at the end of the garden

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    1. Fingers crossed for your woodpeckers, Lorraine. They very occasionally visit our garden.

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  15. so cute little birds! What are they called?

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    1. The top two are a goldfinch and the bottom two are a blue tit, Malar

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  16. Glad the goldfinches are back, they're such lovely birds to watch with their bickering at the feeders, it's like watching a soap opera. They've started using my new feeder now, they took a while to get used to it though. Your photos are really lovely and that last one is so cute. Which camera did you take these with? They're so clear.

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    1. The goldfinches have't been again since, Jo :-( I use a Panasonic DMC FZ72. It has a through glass setting so that it doesn't focus on marks on the window as it sets the focus to ignore things close to the camera. The birds do come fairly close to the window to feed but I often crop the image. I have the setting at 16 megapixels which takes huge images (4600 px wide) and so have to resize them after downloading. I also use a burst so if the bird moves I have a better chance of capturing a decent image. I can also tweak the lighting and sharpen a little if necessary in my software.

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    2. As you know, we bought this camera for Eleanor for Christmas 2014 but I've just treated myself to one. She takes some great photos with her's and I remember asking you about it when we were buying it and being impressed with the photos you take. I haven't had a chance to really get out there with my new purchase but I'm looking forward to getting to grips with it. It's really the zoom I've bought it for, I have my DSLR but the equivalent lens to the FZ72 would cost a fortune so I thought it made sense to buy the camera instead, plus I got a great deal on it.

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  17. Charming birds and beautifully captured.

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