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This blog is intended to follow my progress this year in my pursuit of obtaining some worthwhile bird photographs.
Very much a beginner, with limited funds but almost unlimited time, I want to capture photographs that are more than mere record shots. I am not expecting many rare or even unusual species, but want to do justice to any bird that cares to pose for me.
Wish me luck and good light.
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Amazing!!

Posted Monday 18th October 2010 at 21:02 by Denny Woodthorpe
It was only yesterday that I put the feeders out and announced in my blog that there were four birds I would love to attract sometime this winter.
This morning, I was busy cleaning the windows upstairs at the back of the house (from the inside) and, lo and behold, as I looked out at the feeders, there was a Great Spotted Woodpecker on the peanut feeder!! I really could not believe my eyes. I called to my wife, and frightened it off. Never mind, five minutes later it was back again.
I quickly finished my chores and went to sit in the conservatory with a cup of tea. The Woody came back once more to attack the peanuts. I was over the moon.
Then, as I was still finishing my cup of tea, I noticed a bird on the floor, beneath the feeders. It was only there for a second or two, but it looked like a Brambling - another of my target birds. I quickly found my binoculars and sat waiting. Sure enough, a few minutes later, a lone Brambling came back again. No other finches, not even a Chaffinch, just that lovely lone Brambling!
I just cannot really believe that 24 hours after announcing 4 birds I really want to have visit the garden some time in the next four months, two of them turn up immediately!!
My challenge now is to photograph them. I need to put up a log with peanuts wedged in holes for the woodpecker and construct a low feeding station/perch for the Brambling - if they ever come back again.
Oh, am I happy. It was also nice that my wife Billie also saw both birds - so I was not hallucinating.
The Woody came back again after lunch and spent over five minutes on the fat ball feeder.
I realise the other two target birds, Siskin and Nuthatch are going to be much harder, but who knows with my luck!
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Must say this type of weather does bring in the birds thats if they can see the feeders, this jan had male blackcap and fieldfares on nextdoors appletree, she had a GSWP as well which l saw for 1sec only one seen in 40yrs here, had red kite month or so ago 300ft up,have had cuckoos,but not for a long time,seen woodcock flying,tawny owls have flitted aswell
Posted Wednesday 1st December 2010 at 13:59 by rick ward rick ward is offline
 
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