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Old 14th May 2013, 09:09 AM   #1
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Went out looking for the Lesser Spotted but only heard him drumming away in the wood.
However, found this Greater Spotted getting one of its 5-a-day as a consolation prize.
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Again a superb closeup, Gandalf. Have you got a super-duper zoom?
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Again a superb closeup, Gandalf. Have you got a super-duper zoom?
No Jandy. 500mm nikkor prime lens + 1.4 tc, coupled on to a Nikon D300s dslr.

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Old 17th May 2013, 05:38 PM   #4
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That's an absolute cracker of a picture Gandalf. How far away were you?
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Old 17th May 2013, 06:55 PM   #5
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That's an absolute cracker of a picture Gandalf. How far away were you?
Approx. 50 - 60 ft or there-a-bouts!

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Yes, I've been a bit busy with other things. There also didn't seem to be much going on here. I've been trying to get a few pictures to put on but haven't managed anything worthwhile. Once the weather picks up a bit and we get our kitchen windows cleaned I might manage something. We had a couple of blackcaps turn up recently which I'd never seen before but I stopped putting suet out as it was getting hoovered up by flocks of starlings in a day, and the blackcaps haven't been back since.
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well done. i was down the clyde last night and found a nest .It was the shape of a ball and had one small hole in it with young .I took photos of the mother can you tell me what it is please.Hope you are well .
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Old 19th May 2013, 12:09 PM   #8
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well done. i was down the clyde last night and found a nest .It was the shape of a ball and had one small hole in it with young .I took photos of the mother can you tell me what it is please.Hope you are well .
tamurman: you might get a better response if you start your own thread asking for an ID of your bird.
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Tamurman, your mother bird looks rather like the illustration of a nightingale in my bird book, or maybe some type of warbler, but the nest you describe, ball-shaped with a small hole in it, sounds more like that made by a long-tailed tit. I have seen it described as made of moss, cobwebs and hair, oval-shaped, in thick shrubs or brambles or the fork of a tree, and with a small entrance well up on one side. My book says space is so tight inside that they have to fold their long tails back over their heads!
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Thankvery much Jandy ( you are right there was 3 long tail tits hanging about as well as the nightingale)
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