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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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Posted Friday 8th January 2010 at 18:21 by Denny Woodthorpe
I'm amazed as to how many of the birds survived last night's cold weather. It was around 10 degrees below freezing with snow showers. I know I wouldn't have liked to have been out in it all night.
I was worried this morning because I only counted two goldfinches out of the 10 or so I have had in the garden lately. By this afternoon, the number had risen to 6, so hopefully more have survived than I first thought.
What is nice to see is the arrival of two more robins, making 5 in all. One of them is rather timid (odd for a robin), even being chased off by a dunnock!
I have also seen a wren. I thought I had a photo of it, but I missed!
There are still plenty of chaffinches and greenfinches, with several blue tits and great tits, but still no coal tits.
I did some photography, but did not get one saveable shot. Tomorrow I will change the background, perch and location. I have set myself the target of getting a "good" photo of a tree sparrow. I also want to get more "action" shots, with birds displaying their wings etc.
Ah, well tempus fugis or something similar.
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Make sure your feeders are topped up all the time, even if it means going out after they have all gone in the late afternoon just so there is something to start eating in the morning. I came in from work and did all mine ...only thing left to do is to chop up some apples for them in the morning.

We have had first evers in the garden of Redwing, Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush, Brambling and Bullfinch in the past 3 weeks since the snow and freezing temps started here.
Posted Friday 8th January 2010 at 18:27 by Marmot Marmot is offline
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