I’ve spent weeks happily watching our pair of bluetits as they busily foraged for their growing family. I’ve listened to the gentle chirping from the nest and taken photos of the parents, one of them rapidly balding through overwork. On Friday I realised the youngsters had left the nest as Mum and Dad were now taking the morsels of food from our feeding station to a nearby tree, but I couldn’t see them.
Imagine my joy this morning when I saw four bluetits on the bird feeder tree – Mum, Dad and two little ones! I only had a few minutes before I had to leave for work but it was just enough time to grab my camera and long lens. I took some safety shots from inside before slowly and quietly inching my way out into the garden.
Spending time in the garden recently has paid off as the parents are reasonably trusting of me. Of course, the little ones have no fear of humans and simply looked at me quizzically from the branches of our wrought iron tree. Content that I’d caught some cute photos without disturbing them, I left them to feed in peace and headed off to work. I’ll be sure to spend more time in the garden over the coming days so the fledglings get used to my presence and hopefully I’ll be able to get some more pictures with them at close quarters.
2 June 2018