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Great tits from fledging to fledglings – Part 2

Following on from part 1, here are a number of shots of two great tit fledglings.  Unfortunately, from what I observed, one of the fledglings flew straight into a garden bush from where he seemed reluctant to move, so it was not unexpected that he was found dead the following morning.  The other fledgling (pictured on the ground) appeared not too keen to fly and I do not know what came of him.  The remaining great tits fledged two day later and went straight to the trees.

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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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Early spring – common and garden birds

Here are a few shots of various birds that I have been waiting to post, but which have been forgotten about due to the vast amounts of pictures waiting to be published on my hard drive .  Amongst the shots below are greenfinch, great tit and a solitary wren.  Enjoy!

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College Lake Nature Reserve

Here are a few wildlife shots taken recently during a break in the miserable weather at College Lake near Tring in Hertfordshire.

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Time to Fledge

Had Great Tits nesting in the bird box and they eventually fledged this week.  Only managed to see the one chick fledge as the remainder fledged whilst I was at work the following day.

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Birds of the feathered kind

A few shots of the birds and waders I have stumbled upon whilst out and about with camera in hand.  My favourite is the Red crested pochard with its stunning colouring.

Red-crested pochard Chaffinch House Sparrow Swallow Red Crested Pochard Mistle Thrush Chaffinch Swallow Mr & Mrs Red Crested Pochard Jackdaw Great Tit Mallard Red Crested Pochard Nuthatch Red Crested Pochard Great Crested Grebe Nuthatch© [John Mallaney] and [jdmallaney In The Frame], [2012]. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to [John Mallaney] and [jdmallaney In The Frame] with appropriate and specific direction to the original content

College Lake, Hertfordshire – Wildlife

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First visit to College Lake for a good while as I have been busy doing other things.
Managed to take my first ever pictures of a Great Spotted Woodpecker which was a first for me.  At long last, I have finally learned of the need to be patient during wildlife photography.  Also managed to take a few pictures of a Red Kite and Common Buzzard albeit they have been significantly cropped.  However, I think my favourite is the Great Tit?  I hope you enjoy.

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