Great tits from fledging to fledglings – Part 1

The fledgling part will follow on from this post, so for the time being let’s concentrate on the fledging.  Here are a few shots of great tit chicks in a bird box in my garden minutes before it’s time to leave and explore the big bad world.  The process of the adults tempting the chicks out to the initial fight for survival is surprisingly dramatic.

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Parental Responsibilities

We have a nest box outside which is currently being noisily occupied by a number of great tit chicks.  As the adults were constantly going back and forward to the bird box to feed the chicks it presented me with the opportunity to capture them in flight.  I set my camera up on my tripod and using a wireless shutter remote I simply sat and waited.

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