42/52 Garden Birds

The weather has turned distinctly autumnal with squally showers and high winds here on the coast. This unpredictable weather had left me wondering what I could photograph this week, but a sudden influx of garden birds brought with it some new subjects.

I was working on an issue of the magazine I edit the other day, when Andy called me to the window. We have a set of feeders in the garden offering nuts, mixed seeds and niger seeds and the latter had attracted a large flock of Goldfinches. There must have been between 20 and 30 of these pretty little birds in and around the garden and we watched them for ages before it dawned on me to take some photos.

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Goldfinch. Copyright Fiona Michie.

 

As with the waves last week, these lovely creatures pushed me to think about fast shutter speeds. It is very hard to achieve perfect focus with constantly moving subjects, but these are getting there. Work in progress, perhaps. Anyway, as we watched the Goldfinches, we began to notice a whole range of birds visiting the feeders, including the ubiquitous Blue Tit and the rather less common Chiffchaff/Willow Warbler, the two are so similar, that it is very difficult to get the identification right.

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Blue Tit. Copyright Fiona Michie.
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Chiffchaff or Willow Warbler. Copyright Fiona Michie.
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