Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Nuthatch Nesting Part 1

Today David mentioned that he had seen a Nuthatch nest building in one of the trees on his way into work so immediately after work we walked to the location to see if there was any activity. After a few minutes the male appeared with more nesting material and disappeared into the large hole in the branch. I only had my pocket digi camera so in the next shot you just make out his head in the entrance hole.
I then had an inspiration...I have my bins with me so how about attempting to get a shot by holding the camera to one of the eyepieces! Not an easy task even to locate the right part of the branch and keep everything relatively still (using both hands) while waiting for my quarry to reappear but here is the slightly cropped image with one of the pair [drat...out of focus!] perched on top of the branch.
Over the next few days, time permitting, I will attempt to see if I can get some better pics, but don't hold your breath!

14 comments:

  1. I've tried digi-binning and it's always a total disaster. I think your attempt turned out great!

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  2. Great shots w/ the bins!!! I can't get over the difference.

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  3. I do not believe I would be able to line them up to get anything. I did click to enlarge and see the bird.

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  4. I'll be waiting to see those pics! Nuthatches are pretty fun.

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  5. ...cool. I heard babies in a nest last year on a walk. Boy, oh boy, could those little things make noise. I hope we get a close-up view of the entire process from nest building to fledging!

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  6. Some ingenuity produced a good result there Frank, I see the Nuthatch :)
    Good luck with the quest, and I look forward to more pictures.

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  7. Well done David (for spotting it) and well done you for an ingenious photography idea!

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  8. What a perfect little nesting place and how brilliant that you "diginoced" an image!

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  9. That was very quick thinking Frank and no mean feat, well done!

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  10. Can't wait to see more!! Great photos!

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  11. I've tried that technique loads of times, Frank and have never managed anything other than a blur.
    You've obviously got steady hands.

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  12. Hi everyone. Thanks for your comments. The weather this a.m. was poor so no update pics yet but I will keep trying when time allows.

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  13. Nuthatches are one of my favorite birds. I would be thrilled to have a pair nesting in my yard. Thanks for these pics Frank, I look forward to future stories about these little cuties--I bet nuthatch babies are really CUTE!

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  14. Hi Ruthie. If only they were in my garden, but nevertheless we will keep an eye on them at work.

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