E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image Long-tailed Tit, Aegithalos caudatus

Long-tailed Tit, Aegithalos caudatus


Bedraggled

Taken last week, this gives some idea of what our little garden bitrds have had to put up with. It was as dark and wet as it seems.

This is a Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus

They're usually fast moving and very chirpy little birds, this one still looks proud, but it was totally fed up.

We've got at least two separate pairs visiting our bird table at the moment, at other times of the year they come in noisy gangs, grab something to eat and then vanish - leaving a lot of silence behind them.

The coconut shell was, unfortunately, damaged during recent storms when the bird table was blown over.
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Long-tailed Tit, Aegithalos caudatus


Bedraggled

Taken last week, this gives some idea of what our little garden bitrds have had to put up with. It was as dark and wet as it seems.

This is a Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus

They're usually fast moving and very chirpy little birds, this one still looks proud, but it was totally fed up.

We've got at least two separate pairs visiting our bird table at the moment, at other times of the year they come in noisy gangs, grab something to eat and then vanish - leaving a lot of silence behind them.

The coconut shell was, unfortunately, damaged during recent storms when the bird table was blown over.
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comments (24)

Yet another super bird shot- you really have perfected this technique. Are the family not getting tired of the tripod set-up in the room?! wink
EJWilkins: So kind of you David, and no - the tripod isn't there all the time wink
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 26 Mar 2008, 03:31
Are you working on a bird book? These shots are very good.
EJWilkins: In my dreams MArtin wink
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 26 Mar 2008, 05:45
Great photo the poor bird look very cold and wet
  • Astrid
  • the Nehterlands
  • 26 Mar 2008, 06:02
Stunning proud little fella, great capture here, lol at Martin, but are you???
These shots are so sharp and spot on, great job, Ellie.
EJWilkins: Umm, no, I'm not - I wish! Wouldn't know how to.
Gret shot and great attitude of the bird "I may be soaked but I'm still handsome"
EJWilkins: That's what I thought this showed. Smart little bird too smile
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 26 Mar 2008, 07:28
Absolutely textbook, Ellie! What's there not to love about this little fella. I think you've become quite the bird expert amongst us. smile
EJWilkins: Thanks for the huge compliment Ginnie
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Mar 2008, 08:42
He does look rather bedraggled. Stunning bird shot again Ellie. I have only ever seen these in gangs but they don't visit our garden very often.
Ingrid
EJWilkins: The ones that visit us seem to like the flat fat/seed cakes, worth a try?
  • Roz Sears
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Mar 2008, 08:59
I love these birds, Ellie. I have only ever seen one at my bird table, and that was a fleeting visit. Beautiful capture, with lovely detail. Poor soul....I think we have all been feeling a bit like that recently! (:o)
EJWilkins: Try some of the flat fat cakes, they like those the best, at least they do in our garden wink
Excellent composition Ellie. I like the details and the tones!
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Mar 2008, 09:17
Poor little fellow is looking a bit washed outsmile
Cool capture Ellie well donesmile
Now you're making me feel guilty. I'm afraid we tend to feed the birds in the summer when we don't have to wrap up like eskimos to fill the birdfeeder!
EJWilkins: Feeding in the summer is just as important, because they rely on it perhaps more - less seed around etc and less people seem to feed the birds through the warmer months. Don't feel guilty, good to be able to do what you can.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 26 Mar 2008, 10:32
Wonderful bird shot Ellie
  • mal
  • 26 Mar 2008, 11:08
on the news this moring they were discussing the bird numbers in the UK, overall the population is down but some were thriving, super shot. mal
EJWilkins: Yep, I heard that too. We're lucky because we can afford to feed them regularly, some people can't, we've also got trees and shrubs, something of a luxury in modern Britain where most gardens are tiny.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 26 Mar 2008, 11:29
You live in a wild country.

Great capture of the tit - I think it is using gel to style his eyebrows wink
EJWilkins: No, just our garden .. although perhaps it could do with taming a bit. wink
Stunning capture.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 26 Mar 2008, 15:47
A very wet tit, Ellie!
And, English coconuts are quite different from Thai ones...ours have a thin lining of snow-white pulp, and are filled with sweet liquid...delicious [just consumed one an hour ago...yours look like they have been stuffed like a christmas turkey.
EJWilkins: Ah Ray, special coconuts grown here you see, specially for us to feed to the birds wink
  • Bernie
  • Stoke
  • 26 Mar 2008, 16:05
Lovely detail Ellie and very well captured.
  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Mar 2008, 16:05
This is the best one yet El. Maybe I should repair my bird table and stop peeping at my neighbors! smile

J
EJWilkins: You really should stop peeping at your neighbours John.
Perhaps you should also repair your bird table wink
What an amazing photo, Ellie! It's so hard to get perfect bird shots but you have done just that... Congratulations, well done!
Looks a bit of a "cheeky chappie" Ellie and congrats.for getting such a good photo of him (or her).
This is a lovely picture Ellie. I love the range of colour, it's just perfect
  • Ron S
  • Looking at the Garden
  • 26 Mar 2008, 23:45
He doesn't look too happy does he! Technically great. An excellent capture; well done!
  • Dave Wilkins
  • in Bray, Co.Wicklow, Ireland.
  • 29 Mar 2008, 12:45
I think I saw someone else make the comment on the Robin shot, and I agree...now you're just showing off smile
Great pictuere Eleanor ! Bravo !

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