Warm light, warm colours too after the cold white garden of the last 4 weeks… what a treat! Early light on the coral branches of Acer palmatum Sango Kaku just shout ‘photograph me’ and this morning I did just that. Although, it was the Blue tits that visit feeders hanging from it that I really wanted to catch.
It seems like forever since I’ve last stood outside with my camera trying to capture birds visiting my garden. Peanuts were the draw for the Blue tits today. Although, as you can see in the photo below this Blue tit with a peanut in its beak wasn’t making photographing it very easy!
I waited, and waited and I wasn’t to be disappointed. I was thrilled to capture a few shots I liked. Ah… but I had a special reason for photographing this very cheeky and charismatic little bird today.
As you might expect, I haven’t been the only one out with my camera trying to capture bird shots today. Blog browsing, I spotted Mike was out with his camera too. What fantastic lighting he captured as you can see here.
Pockets and piles of snow are still scattered around my garden. Would you believe it… as this snow clears away… the weather forecasters are predicting it will clear only to return again? I'm not sure if it's coming this way. We’ll not dwell on that though… I’m loving seeing my damp winter lawn reappear for the moment :-)
So what’s this in the photo opposite? Well, my husband very kindly gave me a new camera for my camera nestbox so I we could see inside it when it’s dark. This was a Christmas present and this weekend is the first of us having a clear area of ground below the box to take it down to swap over the cameras.
The exchange didn’t quite happen as we planned though. However, we now have a very interesting outcome. Looking at the photo you can see a camera with a hole to its left.
The hole seen above is for our original camera which was attached to the roof of the nestbox.
After removing the original camera and testing out the new one in the nestbox we discovered the colours (testing with blue and green samples inside) weren’t true and therefore the expected occupants (the blue tits) wouldn’t look as they should.
With a bit of manoeuvring of wires, a new hole and the hardest part of getting the original camera roughly back where it was as it was, we now have two cameras in this nestbox. I’m hoping I’ll be able to share some interesting footage in the future. It is fascinating to be able to see the blue tit as I type this just before midnight!
Our resident rooster must have had quite a shock last night to fly to the hole on the wall to find… no hole and no nestbox. I was a bit concerned that we may have lost it but as you can see below via the new night cam it’s back in residence looking quite comfortable although not sleeping completely sound. Now, I’m guessing they don’t. I'll let you see for yourself...
I’ve heard many a question posted on forums asking if the infra red light disturbs the birds but by all accounts it appears not to. Just after I uploaded my edited video clips above I spotted our rooster moving about and doing a bit of preening.
I just had to share this too! Well, it is the first night watching :-) Note how it cleans tail feathers one at a time. I don’t believe I have seen or captured this before.
For those who can’t view videos here’s a snapshot below of our blue tit rooster in residence tonight.
Okay, it’s getting late here now and about time I tucked in for the night too. Now… I wonder what new nestbox stories I’ll be able to share by the end of the week ahead ;-)
All photos and video footage were taken garden on January 17th 2010. Clicking on photos will enlarge them.