E.J.Wilkins

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Hungry

Female Blackbird (Turdus merula) searching for worms.

This hen blackbird was remarkably unconcerned about being close to people in the garden and, typically, I either didn't have the camera handy or she was tucked away in amongst plants when she had a beak full of worms.

 

This time, while I watched her, she collected several small worms which she put in a pile beneath a shrub, then searched for more. Once she was satisfied she had collected enough to, presumably, feed her new brood she picked them all up and flew away.

 

The soil, as you can probably tell, is quite heavy clay.

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Hungry

Female Blackbird (Turdus merula) searching for worms.

This hen blackbird was remarkably unconcerned about being close to people in the garden and, typically, I either didn't have the camera handy or she was tucked away in amongst plants when she had a beak full of worms.

 

This time, while I watched her, she collected several small worms which she put in a pile beneath a shrub, then searched for more. Once she was satisfied she had collected enough to, presumably, feed her new brood she picked them all up and flew away.

 

The soil, as you can probably tell, is quite heavy clay.

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comments (21)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 27 Aug 2010, 00:49
A close encounter with a gal who is usually quite shy...excellent, Ellie.
EJWilkins: They are usually quite shy Ray, so this was a treat. Let's hope she survives the coming winter
  • Chris
  • England
  • 27 Aug 2010, 06:18
A fine study of a familiar garden visitor Ellie. When they're feeding a brood they tend to be more trusting of people
EJWilkins: Yes, they are a bit more trusting, but this one nearly got trodden on! She seemed perhaps a bit tooo friendly for her own good.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 27 Aug 2010, 07:00
Great shot. Imagine having to pick your food from the mud and stuff with your mouth. Birds are tough.
EJWilkins: Oooh, that's what I do with carrots! Dig em up and eat them, the little ones are delicious straight from the ground
Lovely picture of a welcome garden visitor. They love grapestongue
EJWilkins: And they also love blackcurrants - from what we could work out they stripped a bush of perhaps five or six pounds of fruit between our deciding to "pick them tomorrow morning" and when we got up!
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 27 Aug 2010, 08:07
Nicely captured Ellie
EJWilkins: Thanks smile
Well done with this Ellie. I don't know how you managed it, the bird looks stuffed (not with worms).
EJWilkins: Sort of, till you notice her foot's moved while the shutter was open ...
I love blackbirds - such friendly birds. Lovely capture, Ellie. (:o)
EJWilkins: Thanks. We're lucky to have a lot of blackbirds visiting our garden, but only this one is particularly people-friendly
Excellent shot! It is usually difficult to get so close.
EJWilkins: A few minutes before she was literally right under my feet, I almost trod on her!
  • Brian
  • Australia
  • 27 Aug 2010, 10:50
Wow - talk about close up!
EJWilkins: I know, a heck of a treat to get so close to her
Spot on portrait Ellie! Very nice detailed pattern in the feathers and the eye is very nice
EJWilkins: The feathers are so perfectly arranged aren't they.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 27 Aug 2010, 11:55
Ohhhh, what a sweetie-pie, taking care of her brood. That's such a sweet story, Ellie, and image to accompany it.
EJWilkins: Because she's so 'tame' (not scared) it was easy to watch what she was doing, it was fascinating. I was disappointed not to have managed to get a picture of her with a beakfull of worms though.
  • Tracy
  • Hulme
  • 27 Aug 2010, 12:16
Well done Ellie, this is a wonderful shot of the Blackbird. She look's comfortable around you anyway.
EJWilkins: She was very comfortable, a bit too comfortable to be sensible really. I was bothered about standing on her!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Aug 2010, 12:16
I've never heard of a blackbird doing that before. I like the angle you've caught here.
EJWilkins: No, nor have I, but then I've never had the chance to watch one so closely before
  • Scarlet
  • The Netherlands
  • 27 Aug 2010, 13:09
Smart lady there smile Great capture Ellie
EJWilkins: A very smart lady indeed, immaculately turned out
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 27 Aug 2010, 14:00
Great photo
EJWilkins: Thanks smile
Excellent capture Ellie. Sounds like she's got worm collecting down to a fine art
EJWilkins: She certainly seemed to know what she was doing, it was fascinating to watch
Lovely shot Ellie, great soil detail on her beak after her rummage smile
EJWilkins: I was really pleased with the picture although, of course, I'd have preferred one of her with a load of little worms! Never satisfied, are we?
This si a very good close up Ellie, and it is good to read of what it was doing at the time.
EJWilkins: It was interesting, and slightly amusing, to watch her. I kept wondering if she'd done something to stop the little worms escaping.
good capture of your little visitor, using its head as well
EJWilkins: Thanks smile
Excellent shot, Ellie - you must have been able to get pretty close!
great shot, excellent DOF!
EJWilkins: Thanks, it was quite easy to focus on her eye because she was so close.

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