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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

It has been rather quiet for birds near me recently, so I haven't taken many photographs. However, here are a few odds and ends which I have seen at Lowestoft in the past few days.

E-M1, EC14 and 50-200 SWD.




This poor Turnstone has lost a leg at some stage but it doesn't seem to have affected it too much. I often see it hopping about and feeding with the other Turnstones. These birds are enthusiastic and brazen scavengers, so I am not surprised they get into trouble sometimes.




One of the car parks contains a lot of puddles which act as magnets for gulls. Most of them are Black-headed but there are a few different species mixed in amongst them. I am pretty sure that this is a Mediterranean Gull but I am no expert on gulls and am willing to be corrected.




Even when there is nothing else to be seen there are usually a few Pied Wagtails flitting and strutting about. This one was basking in the sunshine on the sea wall.


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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

I'd go with Mediterranean Gull. Interesting that it's rung, a couple of decades ago there was a few breeding in North West England and if I remember correctly the young were being rung.
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

Thanks David. There are some very enthusiastic ringers in my area and I have even had Blackbirds in my garden sporting bracelets. I think the gulls in Lowestoft are monitored very carefully. I noticed a couple of others which looked like Med gulls but this one was the most obvious candidate. Of course there is no problem identifying them when they are in breeding plumage

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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

I can't see any black in the wingtips which was the first thing I checked. The bill is heavier and darker than a Black-headed Gull and the legs are also darker.

The Med Gulls breeding in the North West were amongst Black-headed Gulls. The senior warden and myself watched a Grey Heron walking through the colony eating young Gulls. We were both hoping it was missing the young Med Gulls.
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

David re the tripod mount you might get away with it if you use a ball head?
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

A seasonal one, Common Redpolls are winter visitors for us although we've not had any yet.



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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

This is a nice reminder that in 2012 my favourite reserve had tree sparrows, these were with the E3 and Bigma, cropped a little. They were at some distance even using the 500mm lens as they are very cautious of human presence.

Now the tree sparrows have gone, but in their place we do have lots more dog walkers and fun runners. The reserve did run a survey and open meetings about the purpose and balance of use of the reserve. But that had little impact. And it is visibly in decline, which is sad.


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Lovely shots of these charming little characters Peter. It is a bird which I have yet to photograph and they are extremely uncommon in my part of the country. Very nice indeed.

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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

I always found Tree Sparrows quite tolerant. I prefer them to the American Tree Sparrows we get on spring and autumn migration.
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

A seasonal one, a Blue Tit in winter.



A film shot from the 90's taken in Cheshire.
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A film shot from the 90's taken in Cheshire.
Nice one, beautiful colour.

I have found pictures of tits on my Flickr get roughly 500% more views than other birds. Took me a while to work it out but it appears that Flickr users are very interested in members of the Paridae family. They appear less interested in other small birds.
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Nice one, beautiful colour.

I have found pictures of tits on my Flickr get roughly 500% more views than other birds. Took me a while to work it out but it appears that Flickr users are very interested in members of the Paridae family. They appear less interested in other small birds.
I can believe that, I have a nude on Flickr that gets more views/comments/favourites than the others combined.

The Blue Tit was taken soon after sunrise so warm light and still frost on the perch. The background is dead reeds on a reservoir bank.
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I can believe that, I have a nude on Flickr that gets more views/comments/favourites than the others combined.
52,112 views 182 favourites and 16 comments. Well I had to look

I am seriously considering posting some of my life drawings now! If that is what happens when you put nude as a tag (alongside it being a stunning photo - but so is the rest of your portfolio ).

You should post that Waxwing here too!

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52,112 views 182 favourites and 16 comments. Well I had to look

I am seriously considering posting some of my life drawings now! If that is what happens when you put nude as a tag (alongside it being a stunning photo - but so is the rest of your portfolio ).

You should post that Waxwing here too!

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Actually I'm locked out of that gallery as it was my gmail account one and I'd given up on Flickr when they stopped you signing in with a gmail account.
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You should post that Waxwing here too!

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Here you go Peter.



A film shot from the late 90's. Taken in Saskatchewan in the winter, IIRC it was around -30C at the time.
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