E.J.Wilkins

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Blackcap

Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)

Photographed in our garden through a window. The male (with the black cap, picture insert) stayed hidden within the hazel bush, the brown-headed female sat in the right place, just for a moment.

 

More about the Blackcap here.

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Blackcap

Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)

Photographed in our garden through a window. The male (with the black cap, picture insert) stayed hidden within the hazel bush, the brown-headed female sat in the right place, just for a moment.

 

More about the Blackcap here.

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comments (15)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 30 Sep 2010, 02:37
Nice! They look like handsome garden visitors, Ellie.
EJWilkins: As with the others, we don't see these very often Ray, which is what made them special
  • Alan
  • Sleepless in Seattle
  • 30 Sep 2010, 05:32
She seems to have spotted you, Ellie. Thanks for including the Blackcap; otherwise I'd be wondering what this wasn't called a redcap (or a brown cap). Good to see it in the context of its surroundings.
EJWilkins: I think I was probably too far away to be spotted, and was indoors too, more likely she was eyeing up the bird feeders and wondering if they were safe to use.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 30 Sep 2010, 06:38
Lovely stuff Ellie: you must have infinite patience!
EJWilkins: Not really, not with these Chris, it was just a case of, "Oooh, look, there are some Blackcaps. Haven't seen any of those around for ages. Quick, grab the camera!"
hahaha - me and my imaginary friend.
EJWilkins: Ha! Now you mention it, it does look a bit like that!
I love her expression!
Very nice montage Ellie!
EJWilkins: I like it too Richard.
Wonderful shot, Ellie. We don't have this bird here.
EJWilkins: Oooh, good, something else new for you to see smile
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 30 Sep 2010, 12:55
Well done I find small bird almost impossible to capture because they move so much so often
EJWilkins: They didn't stop still for very long, and didn't stay in the garden for long either.
Her expression is priceless, Ellie. Love the muted colours.
EJWilkins: Late winter colours Beverly, and cold too.
Two lovely shots Ellie which very nicely show the different plumage between the two.
EJWilkins: Whenever we've seen one there's always been the mate somewhere nearby, but they're never close enough to get in the same picture. Thought it was a handy sort of 'identifier' like this. Glad you approve smile
Very natural, Ellie. Great expression on the bird's face.
EJWilkins: I can't imagine what she might be thinking
Lovely capture, Ellie. Love the presentation...what did you use? (:o)
EJWilkins: Err, it was a very simple method using the basic freeware from Photofiltre. Simple oval copy and paste into a second picture.
We get these in our garden they are delightful birds.
EJWilkins: Lucky you Bill, are they with you all year round?
  • Scotia
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Sep 2010, 20:38
Those cute little eyes lovely work Ellie
EJWilkins: It's almost as if they're wearing white eyeliner isn't it.
Well done Ellie, loads of eye contact, luv it.
EJWilkins: Very lucky to get the eye contact, but then the feeders are about half way between this bush and the house.
Like how this bird seems expressive !

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