Hide & Seek

Sometimes when you have a plan things don’t always play the game as it transpired a few weeks back.  The idea, on a nice work free day, was to try and get some images of bird life with a touch of autumn colour.  With this thought in mind I visited Ormesby Broad which has an excellent path through woodland to the water’s edge.  It was looking good when I arrived, warm, still, a nice bit of sun and I could hear and see flocks of birds moving around.  Then a bank of cloud moved in and the birds went and played hide & seek.

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The Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)

With the light gone it was difficult to get any half decent shots.  The cropped image of the Wren really highlights the background noise of using high iso.

The Wren is a tiny bird with a very big voice.  It can be found in all types of habitat and is surprisingly the UK’s commonest breeding bird with over 8.5 million territories.  I say surprising because you never see them in flocks, usually on their own, hence the Latin name Troglodyte which means hermit or cave dweller.  In winter they will gather together to roost communally in tree holes etc.

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Marsh Tit (Poecile palustris)

The only other small bird I managed to photograph was the Marsh Tit.  The image would be ok if it wasn’t for those bright, out of focus leaves on the left.  Sometimes you have to take what you can get, and it is sort of autumnal.  As my teacher would have marked at the bottom of my school report ‘Must try harder’!

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19 thoughts on “Hide & Seek

      1. They are very difficult to tell apart for sure. The Willow Tit (P monatanus) is now very scarce in my part of the UK. Marsh Tit (P palustris) has increased in numbers. The easiest way of separating them is by their calls, the Marsh Tit has a very distinctive ‘pchoo’ call.

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      1. It’s important for record purposes.
        Now you know they are there, having seen and photographed them, when you go again you’ll be on the lookout.
        For the past three years I’ve able to track what species come and go in the garden month by month.
        I am pretty sure since the arrival of the hens certain insects have become ”thin on the ground” .
        We may have to do something equitable for all to encourage them back.

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  1. There are a couple of Bewick’s Wren that come to my yard several times throughout the day. They’re very busy and hard to photograph. Yesterday while walking Diva Dog I spied one in a tree and stopped to watch it and it berated me the whole time. No doubt not a fan of Diva Dog.
    The owner of the house where the tree was located was watching me and chuckling at the scene. We laughed about how such a tiny bird can be so loud. 😃

    Your two images are lovely and the tale of how you made them makes them better. Bird photography isn’t always easy! I appreciate your images more knowing how hard it is to get the shot that lives in your/our heads.

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    1. Perhaps I’m being a bit harsh on my shots but I just like them to be spot on.
      Love the story of the Wren giving you an ear full, they can be a bit huffy if you are in their territory, perhaps they think they are bigger than they really are!

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  2. Two beautiful captures Brian. And thanks to Werner for explaining the difference between the marsh and willow tit. In Dutch we call this little Troglodytes troglodytes winterkoning – king of Winter, as we see it only then. And I have to agree with both of you, these little birds are very hard to photograph.

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  3. I can definitely relate to the difficulty in getting the Wren in the tin – hyper little birds and as others have commented – extremely chatty so you always know when they are around even if they do not want you to see them. As you are always remind me, the nuances that occur in the frame are simply aspects of nature. Having never experienced one before, was surprised how much that Marsh Tit looks like our Black-Capped Chickadees. Thanks for the bird feature – good to hear you are getting chances to make it out into the field.

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    1. Thanks Brian, not my best shots but that was sort of the idea of the post, the wren shot was a pain, only two frames before it zipped off, wide open and high iso I added extra noise reduction in post processing but all that did was soften the image, hey ho!
      I noticed the likeness with the Chickadee as well.
      Yes getting out when I can weather permitting, this is our busiest time of the year in the supermarket so times are restricted, should be easier in the new year.
      I will stick another post out tomorrow.

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