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Winging it.

Posted by on January 16, 2013 5:02 PM | 


Thanks to Austin Thomas for sharing these great flight shots taken in his back garden during those quiet grey winter hours.


Dunno about you, but if I got Willow Tit coming into the garden, you'd need a crowbar to get me out - handy to see a shot of one in focus, after all my blurry efforts on the east coast.
Ah well, c'est la vie.

Austin explains: "It was grey end to the year and a characteristic grey start for the beginning of this year. However, despite a very prolonged spell of dull and overcast there were glimpses of sunlight, so I set about trying to photograph some of the small birds out for a free lunch in my back garden over the festive break.
"Here are a few of my recent ones.
"The Great Tit was the "easiest" but it has taken me over a year to get the Coal Tit in flight".





Thanks again Austin.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...


Beautiful photos. Thanks for posting them.

One question, John, from a relative beginner: How do you know that's a Willow Tit and not a Marsh Tit? I assume your comment refers to the second image...

A flock of thrush-like birds settled in trees behind our house this p.m. By the time I found my bins this was reduced to a single bird which turned out to be a cracking Fieldfare. Must be struggling to find enough food in this weather.

4 Blackcap in a traditional wintering site by Birkdale Common/Royal Birkdale today, plus a host of other birds feasting on Buckthorn berries, including odd Fieldfares and 2-3 Song Thrush. 63 Fieldfare on Royal Birkdale. An adult Yellow Legged Gull was on Birkdale beach, on the upper beach later afternoon, Taggs Island area. Also Peregrine here and a couple of Lapwings sleeping in puddles at the top of the beach, presumably frozen off local fields/marshes.

On and around Plex Moss has been buzzing over the last week. Huge flocks of Woodpigeon and Pink-Footed Geese filling the fields and sky in pretty much every direction, interspersed with regular, smaller flocks of Starling, Whooper Swan, Common Gull, Linnet, Skylark, Fieldfare and Jackdaw. Even without seeing anything out of the ordinary, the sheer numbers make for a real spectacle. These were joined by the occasional small group of Reed Bunting, Song Thrush, Teal, Grey Partridge, Tree Sparrow and Pied Wagtail, with the odd Wren, Goldcrest, Stock Dove, Snipe, Yellowhammer, Greylag Goose and Lapwing. Buzzard and Kestrel hunting as usual. Highlight was undoubtedly wandering along lost in thought when a loud whoosh caught my attention. A couple of Woodpigeon were flying yards from where I stood and the "whoosh" was a Peregrine in full wingback stoop. The two Woodpigeon separated at the last moment which seemed to cause a moment of hesitation in the raptor, allowing them both a narrow escape following a pursuit to the nearest trees. Having watched the Peregrine fly off eastwards I lowered my bins to witness the exact same thing happen again with another Peregrine, this time a little further away. Again, it left empty-taloned and ended up perched on the grassy verge of Station Road, showing wonderfully well before finally heading south. Fabulous stuff.

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