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Monday, 26 July 2021

A view through glass - with a proper camera

Thank you for such lovely, lovely comments about the goldfinches enjoying our 'mini-meadow'. They encouraged me to make the effort and get the Canon camera out this morning - but I still need to clean the window (which is my excuse for the lack of sharpness in a couple of the pictures).

Hope this makes it easier for you to see these beautiful little birds (the pictures should enlarge if you click).















26 comments:

  1. Lovely shots Jayne, and so much better with a proper camera. I love the second and third pics - such pretty little birds :)

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    1. Thanks m'dear. However good the iPhone is, it can never beat a Canon DSLR with a large lens.
      My biggest problem is holding the damn camera - the hand I buggered up last holiday is still painful and my grip is very weak 😢

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  2. Aren't they just the prettiest little things? Strangely, house I once lived in had no garden, it was overlooking the sea with a huge paved patio at the front and woods behind, yet I had so many goldfinches coming daily to my bird feeding station. I loved them!

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    1. You provided food, the woods provided shelter - sounds like a win for the finches :-)

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  3. Lovely birds! Always in a crowd..safety in numbers?

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    1. I am convinced that the bird in photo 2 was a male - he/it was larger and seemed to be watching out for the little ones as they fed.

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  4. gorgeous photos!! they're the loveliest little things. I love their little 'peep-peep' calls...xo

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    1. They are pretty little things but not as noisy as the sparrows (who are my next 'target' for the camera - we have a family of about 8-10 of them).

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  5. Well done, on both the photos and creating the right environment for these beauties to enjoy. x

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    1. Thank you my dear, I did say I wanted to create a 'wildlife garden' so for once things seem to have gone to plan :-)

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  6. Your goldfinch are lovely. Our little golden flyers are as well. You remind me that I have no excuse for not getting my new toy out and doing something with it!

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    1. New toy?? Enquiring minds and all that . . .

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    2. A new Sony mirrorless A7 III and a Sigma 100-400 lens. Can you see my embarrassed face for not using it?

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    3. HA ha ha! 🤣 Your embarrasment mirrors mine (the purchase of a 400m prime lens with stunning quality glass - that is too heavy for my small hands and needs to be on a tripod, sigh).

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  7. Lovely photos - I don't think I've ever seen a goldfinch in real life. Your garden must be like a 5* hotel for the birds!

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    1. I do hope you get to see them for yourself, such lovely things. don't know about 5* hotel but we often joke about it being an "all you can eat" buffet.

      Yesterday I watched a female blackbird thrash the living daylights out of a huge slug which serves as a lovely reminder that these little creatures are doing just as much for my garden as I am doing for them.

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  8. Beautiful little birds. I usually have two here in Eagleton but last summer there were 3 and this summer just one made a short appearance and has since presumably left looking for company. When I lived in New Zealand I had flocks of them around The Cottage.

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    1. Hi Graham, finches like bushes, shrubs, trees, and sadly your lovely island isn't the most tree-covered part of the UK. Perhaps your visitors were on a day out from the castle woodlands?

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    2. I think the pair of finches which came every year probably stayed locally for a few months. The wee township of Eagleton is an oasis of trees and shrubs in the middle of the wilderness which have been grown over the last 30 or 40 years since I came here because gardening was brought in by the new inhabitants. For many years the greenfinches tried to outdo the sparrows for numbers but, sadly, for the last two years I've only seen the occasional greenfinch. We have many other birds though.

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    1. Thanks Jules, they are sweet little things and we are lucky to have so many (there are considerably more than I manage to get in one photo).

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  10. Well done for capturing the goldfinches, they're speedy little things, aren't they? xxx

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    1. You are right vic, they don't hang about. Three photos published - more than ten times that number deleted thanks to the subject being an out of focus blur!

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  11. Beautiful, your photos and the little birds.

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    1. Thanks Eileen, I spend (probably) far too much time watching them :-)

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  12. Oh, such little cuties. Thanks for taking the time to get out the big camera & share your photos. Take care.

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