Sunday, 20 February 2011

Long-tailed Tit

While taking a short break during some tidying up the garden l heard the unmistakable chatty clicking sounds of Long-tailed Tits right above my head in the Lilac. The camera was nearby but the subject was far too close for the 70-300 lens so I waited and eventually one individual decided to investigate the newly filled fatball feeder. This species rarely sits still for long so only a very quick snap before it flew across to the trellis and then into next doors garden, quickly followed by its comrades.
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus)

A brief but pleasurable encounter.  FAB. 

21 comments:

  1. What a cute little bird, and you captured him so well! Love the coloring in this last photo.

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  2. Great shots, Frank! It's a beautiful bird, a very appealing little fellow. Last summer I watched a flock flying in and out of a pine tree in Germany; they are really fast, as you say, and hard to get a good picture of. I love that impish look!

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  3. Hi Frank...saw a few post with this little guy today and I still love seeing him!!
    Lovely photo's and adorable subject!!
    I see that new leaf growth ...ooooh I'm envious!!

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  4. What a precious little ball of "fluff." Great images.

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  5. They certainly don't hang around Frank.

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  6. Nice Long-tailed Tits, well taken Frank.

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  7. Lovely captures Frank! A very nice reward for your labours in the garden, you were right to have your camera nearby :)

    I haven't seen any in my garden for some time.

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  8. Wow the last picture is simply splendid Frank... I love this small feathered friend of us but they move so actively that they are really hard to get pictures of!

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  9. Too close??? That had to be within 5 feet! We all should have this problem more often. I do enjoy these Tit postings.

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  10. Lovely captures Frank.
    They really brighten a day when they make an appearance.

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  11. Nice encounter Frank, These little beauties rarely visit my Garden, unfortunately

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  12. Fatball feeder? Looks like a fatball bird! So cute!

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  13. Hi Everyone. Glad you enjoyed the fleeting glimpses of the LTT also known as the Bottle or Barrel Tit for obvious reasons. FAB.

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  14. Great shots Frank. Sitting here in the sun, I am just imagining their lovely little calls as they work busily along the hedge. thanks!

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  15. Great shots Frank. We have recently started to get a pair regularly visiting our garden as well but have yet to encounter the "too close" problem.

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  16. Great photos of a lovely garden visitor which, as you say, rarely stays still for long.

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  17. Hi Tony. I certainly envy you in the sunshine and delighted to share some homeland memories.

    Thanks Adam. This species appears less affraid of a close encounter than our other regular Tit visitors.

    Thanks John.

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  18. A wonderful series. I especially like the last one--it is an outstanding portrait.

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  19. Cheers Willard. Just a pity a bit of the rose got in the way!

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  20. He's so fluffy! And cute! Great photos!

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  21. Hi EmptyNester. Yes Pam, a fluffy ball with a long tail and very chatty!

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