Saturday, 11 April 2009

Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus)

A pair of Long-tailed Tits has been visiting our garden since late January. They usually announce themselves with their soft “tupp” or thin “si-si-si” calls as they communicate with one another whilst searching for tiny insects amongst the plants or taking seed from the feeders. Like most small birds they rarely sit still for very long and yesterday, late afternoon, was no exception as they appeared under the patio canopy close to the dining room window. Fortunately the camera was by my side so I was able to fire off a few frames through the double glazing as they darted from perch to perch and then disappeared just as quickly as they had first appeared.



16 comments:

  1. Good images, especially through glass Frank. They are lovely little birds, but they don't hang around very long.

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  2. Good shots Frank; they are a nightmare to keep still for a picture, but smashing little birds.

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  3. Very good photos through glass. We have sliding glass doors in our dining room with our deck right outside of them. I have the birdbath attached to the deck rail, so I see quite a bit of activity. I'm waiting for the weather to warm up so I can slide the outer glass storm door out of the way, then I can better images too.

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  4. Wow...beautiful photos of such a beautiful little bird. He looks to be one you can watch for hours, almost exotic with that black and white tail! I like the look on his face in the second photo, and the scruffy little head in the third.

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  5. What an adorable little bird! I think your photos turned out wonderfully. The bird reminds me of those cute characters the Ewoks from the Star Wars movie.

    Happy Easter to you and your family Frank.

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  6. Roy & Keith. I agree, tantalising little b's but worth watching every time they visit.

    Montanagirl. Warmer weather & open windows - can't wait.

    Kelly. Small body & long tail - Sometimes known as "Bottle Tit". 2nd pic is my favourite too.

    Lynne. Now 'Ewoks' - interesting comparison. From memory they were curious, lived in trees & tribal (flocked together)- now I see what you mean. Lol to you & Art.

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  7. Great shots, Frank. I find Long-tailed Tits and Goldcrests nigh on impossible to get shots of, they are little bundles of restless energy.

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  8. Nice images! It looks like he has to hang on tight to keep from tipping backwards because of the huge tail!

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  9. That's such a long tail on a very tiny bird. Lovely photos.

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  10. Graham, it was point, press & hope.

    Steve, the birds make balancing look easy.

    Mick, I forgot to mention that the adults have to fold their tails over their heads inside the nest due to lack of room!

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  11. What a pretty bird. I have never seen one of these. Great shots!!

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  12. It's always so rewarding to capture photos like this of an elusive little bird. Beautiful!

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  13. Ginnymo. Thank you & hope to show you some other species throughout the year. Just had another peek at your blog & loved the various collage effects.

    Jayne. I agree, particularly as I do not consider myself a photographer.

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  14. Lovely photos Frank, as you say they are difficult to capture, I was thrilled to be able to get some photos for two of my recent posts. I think the sound they make is delightful.

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  15. Thanks Jan. I agree it's a sweet call & I'm quite amazed how close they fly by the window, just as if they are looking in to see what I'm doing.

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