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Dawlish Warren 24th February: long-tailed tits plus a bonus

Discussion in 'Birds' started by alanhill, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. Walking near the boundary fence between the nature reserve and the golf course, I spotted a pair of long-tailed tits building their nest in the middle of a large and very spiky gorse branch. I ended up almost inside a hawthorn bush, watching one bird perching while its mate was out of sight, working on the nest.
    The books say they use spiders' webs, feathers and lichen - but this looks like wool to me.
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    A quiet moment
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    Some lichen for the outer layer
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    Posing
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    The bonus was a pair of common toads heading across the turf towards the pool, in full daylight.
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    D300 with 500mm f/4 & TC1.4 for the birds and 105mm f/2.8 macro for the toads.

    Alan
     
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  2. Very nice.

    Ed
     
  3. Thank you. Long-tailed tits are common birds in the UK, but so small and fidgety that I have never had decent shots before.

    Alan
     
  4. Baxter

    Baxter

    Jan 8, 2007
    Clemson, SC
    What a beautiful bird. The shots have almost a story book quality. Really lovely work.
     
  5. They are really lovely birds :smile:

    Alan
     
  6. sla12

    sla12

    Jul 2, 2009
    Nashua, NH
    Cute bird to capture. Like the toad shot.
     
  7. Beautiful shots, excellent detail in those bird shots.
     
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