Marsh Tit

by Bob Chappell August. 28, 2020 259 views
Marsh Tit (Poecile palustris), Barnwell Country Park (Northants), March 2020

Marsh Tit (Poecile palustris), Barnwell Country Park (Northants), March 2020

Here's one of my favourite birds to photograph - the marsh tit (for American readers, they're not chickadees but closely related). The glossy black cap and the narrow black bib (that you can only just see) are among the features that distinguish this from a willow tit - as well as his call - rather like a sneeze - 'a-choo'.

These little birds (12 g & 12 cm) are fast when it comes to feeding - usually in and out in the blink of an eye. They're also patient, and at certain sites I visit, relatively tame. I can put a little food down to tempt them, and one will perch at arm's length (but not hand feed), and the moment I step back they're in and out with a piece of chopped peanut.

When you photograph birds often, you learn to appreciate their behaviour and character. And from my experience, having an empathy with the subject allows you to capture their 'personality'. I think this differentiates a 'snap' from a photograph.

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Tsao T-F 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Love the photo and the description.

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