Confined to quarters

by Helen Hooker January. 30, 2018 955 views

I’ve been confined to the house today, waiting in for a couple of parcels to be delivered. Frustrating as this is, it did give me a chance to catch up on some necessary admin jobs and print some photos too. When the parcels had finally arrived, I decided to sit in the garden for a while, preparing some music scores. I figure if I spend time in the garden regularly the local bird life will come to realise I’m not a threat and will hopefully come and feed while I’m there. This approach certainly worked with our young bluetit family last summer, although the goldfinches seem a little more skittish.

As I sat there quietly (wrapped in umpteen layers and with a blanket to keep warm!) the bird feeder tree was visited by a family of long tailed tits and two nuthatches, although I couldn’t get my camera to my face quick enough to photograph them. Eventually, a pair of bluetits and a few goldfinches returned and I was able to catch them on camera. By now the light was fading fast but not shooting through double glazed windows helped enormously with catching sharp shots! I can see I’m going to be spending more time out here in the coming weeks so hopefully I’ll be able to capture some of our other visitors.

If you'd like to hear what accompanied my time in the garden this afternoon I recorded a little of the birdsong and turned it into a video - you can find it here.

30 January 2018

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Marilyn Grimble 2 years, 11 months ago

I rescued a bluetit yesterday, he hit himself on the glass window. Thankfully he recovered. Lovely to see your work, Ram has fixed the bug. I had almost given up! Mxx

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Scribe 2 years, 11 months ago

Such a beauty!
A bird on a branch is never afraid of it breaking:
She trust not the branch, but her wings. 

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Russell Smith 2 years, 11 months ago

Beautiful shots.

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Jan Barlow 2 years, 11 months ago

Gorgeous photos!

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Jay Boggess 2 years, 11 months ago

If you keep it up, pretty soon they be eating out of your hand! Lovely images, with such beautiful colors, detail & bokehs...

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Kay Hooker 2 years, 11 months ago

I would say that sitting in the garden in January, is real dedication.  Great photos.

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Riyaz 2 years, 11 months ago

For ISO 6400, this has an amazing sharpness and very little grain.!

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Helen Hooker Replied to Riyaz 2 years, 11 months ago

It's amazing, isn't it? People say that micro four thirds cameras are useless in low light but I think these disprove that theory! I've just added a link to a sound clip of the birdsong to the end of my post too if you want to take a listen :-)

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