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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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Here we go again...

Posted Sunday 17th October 2010 at 16:21 by Denny Woodthorpe
Well, I'm back home again for the winter after closing down our "holiday home" - a static caravan at the side of a fishing lake.
I spent this morning cleaning the feeders and putting them up in the back garden.
Four hours have passed and apart from a robin and a great tit - no takers.
I realise that it will take some time for the birds to find the feeders, but I'm a bit worried about the goldfinches. I have kept the niger seed feeder going all summer and usually have up to 14 goldfinches at a time, but I've not seen any in the last two days. I suppose there must be a lot of natural food around at the moment.
I will not be getting the camera out yet. I will let the birds get used to the feeders first.
I have four new target birds to try and attract. They are:
Great Spotted Woodpecker

Any one of the four will be a terrific result.
I also want to get a good photo of the wren who spends his time down the edge of the hedge. That will present more technical problems, but is achievable given patience and a good deal of luck.
It could be a long winter!!!
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How do you go about attracting the woodpecker? There are a few woodpeckers (Gila woodpeckers, I think) hanging around the trees on my property but they spook easily.
Posted Monday 18th October 2010 at 01:41 by Puteri Puteri is offline
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As you will see from the next blog entry, peanuts seem to do the trick!
Posted Monday 18th October 2010 at 23:05 by Denny Woodthorpe Denny Woodthorpe is offline
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