A bird in the hand....

by Helen Hooker December. 20, 2017 1146 views

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There's an English saying which says, "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush". It came to mind in a rather literal way this morning when I had a close encounter of the feathered kind at Rainham Marshes. I was aware, through the RSPB reserve's Facebook page, that they had a rather tame robin living in the cordite store of this former military firing range so I went prepared with a small bag of mealworms in case our paths should cross.

As I walked into the densely overgrown cordite store area I kept my eyes peeled and it was only a couple of minutes before I heard the distinctive birdsong and a flash of scarlet came flying over to a nearby branch. I took a few photos and then put my camera down so I could dig out my stash of mealworms. Sitting down on a nearby bench, it didn't take long for him or her (I can never tell with robins!) to pluck up the courage to eat some morsels from my outstretched hand. Leaving a few mealworms on the back of the bench I went to take some more photos at close quarters and realised my long lens was now too long - a change of lens was needed! I also took a few seconds of video with my phone which you can see here.

It was such an honour to be trusted by this tiny creature but I knew all along that my feathered friend had other trusted confidants too. I popped by again later in the morning and found John, one of the RSPB volunteers, feeding the robin by hand. This allowed me to take the one image I hadn't been able to capture this morning - the bird in the hand shot.

Deciding whether to give in to temptation...

Deciding whether to give in to temptation...

"Please Sir, can I have some more?"

"Please Sir, can I have some more?"

Finally, I went back to the visitor centre to grab some lunch before heading off around the reserve in search of some Bearded Tits. Sadly they were in hiding today but I did find some other birds, including a very pretty pair of Stonechats - literally two birds in a bush!

Mrs Stonechat had her eye on me.....

Mrs Stonechat had her eye on me.....

...while Mr Stonechat sat on a nearby twig

...while Mr Stonechat sat on a nearby twig

I'm not sure what sort of bird this is. I guess it's what my Dad would call an LBJ - a little brown job!

I'm not sure what sort of bird this is. I guess it's what my Dad would call an LBJ - a little brown job!

20 December 2017

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 3 years, 7 months ago

Such absolute beautiful pictures and heartwarming too! .heart

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Kay Hooker 3 years, 7 months ago

Hi Helen,  Beautiful shots, and I can see them all perfectly clear.  Well aren't I the lucky one?

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Marilyn Grimble 3 years, 7 months ago

Beautiful images Helen, but I can only see them on F. B. On here they are blurred. Jay is having the same problem. Mxx

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Helen Hooker Replied to Marilyn Grimble 3 years, 7 months ago

Thanks Marilyn. I'm afraid it's a Photoblog problem which means the pictures aren't visible when viewed on an iPad, iPhone and some Mac computers. I know Jay solved his problem by using Chrome as his browser instead of Safari. Ram isn't responding to requests for help with this at the moment which is very frustrating. I might get try posting the photos on my own website as well if he doesn't fix it soon.

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Helen Hooker Replied to Marilyn Grimble 3 years, 7 months ago

Right, I've created a duplicate blog over on my own website here: www.helenhookerphotography.co.uk/daily-photoblog/2017/12/21/20-december-2017-a-bird-in-the-hand so you should be able to see all thephotos now. :-) I'll try and do this each day until Ram fixes the problem.

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