Sunday, 20 July 2014

Roses in Bloom

 Roses come in loads of different colours and varieties. I don't know the proper name of this rose but I planted it in my backyard about 2 years ago and since then it has thrived with only minimal care.
Each year the blooms on this bush increase in number.
You can pay a lot of money for some roses but this one was bought from a discount store close to my home and only cost me £1.00, a small price to pay when you think of all the years of blooms it will produce.
Flowers make brilliant photography subjects and in the summer months are in plentiful supply. If I am out with my camera I always seem to end up with some pictures of flowers of some sort.
As well as being great subjects themselves flowers also attract insects that can give you some fantastic results when photographed in macro.
So the next time you are out with your camera take some shots of flowers and see what results you get.
Take time to look inside the flowers, you may come across a bee collecting nectar and captured in macro this will give you a great picture to show your friends or post on the internet to a wider audience.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Robin Leaves after his Meal

Here's one of  a pair of Robins that visit my backyard daily leaving after taking a morning meal to set himself up for the day ahead.
It is pretty much guaranteed that throughout the day he will return 2 or 3 times to top up, he will be also be accompanied by his partner who at the moment is back at the nest either incubating the eggs or tending to the freshly hatched chicks.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Contented

After having his fill of food this blue tit relaxes on a small branch in a nearby bush to soak up the sun.
There is always a plentiful supply of food on offer in my back yard for the birds all year round.
Regular visitors include blue tits, robins, dunnocks and a few other species that are passing and happen to spot the food.
This blue tit is a daily visitor and is well fed and contented as a result.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

A Rare Visit from a Dunnock (Hedge Sparrow)

This Dunnock, also known as the hedge sparrow, has recently been visiting my feeding station. Sparrows have been scarce around by where I live for the last few years. However, recent reports suggest that the population, of these once common birds, is increasing.
Although you can see this bird perched on the side of the feeding cage they are mostly ground feeders.
After this dunnock has spent a short time feeding at the cage it flies down to the ground to feast on any morsels of food that have fallen from above.


I captured this one at my feeding station in late afternoon. There are sometimes two of them, but today only one made a show. 
These birds aren't easy to photograph as they are very agile and fast and never stay still for very long.
A fast shutter speed of  1/500th of a second or more is needed when taking pictures of these birds.
In addition to this try your best not to make any sudden movements or sounds as they are easily spooked and will flee the scene and come back later when they feel it is safe.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Wait your Turn !

A rather stern looking blue tit takes a break from feeding to give a serious warning look at a robin perched in a nearby bush.
The look was enough on this day to deter the robin from chasing him off which is usually what happens.
The blue tit must have been really hungry because the roles are usually reversed and the robin takes over at the feeding station till he has satisfied himself and when he leaves
the blue tit dines.



Here's the robin waiting patiently in the bush close by. On seeing the blue tit had beat him to the food he patiently waited with a look of disappointment.
None of the birds who visit my back yard ever go short of food as I always keep the feeding cages well stocked.
They all get fed eventually it's just a case of when due to the pecking order.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

This is my Best Side

It's a miserable wet easter sunday here in England so I decided to go through some photo's
and sort the good from the bad.
Here's one I took about a week ago. It seems this robin is used to having his photo taken and knows which is his best side and poses for pictures.
When this picture was taken the sun was out and had been for a couple of days. My feeding station was busy with the blue tits, robins and the occasional sparrow feeding themselves up.
I supppose they all knew that we were in for some rain so they were filling themselves up and then they would not need to come out for food in the rain,

Friday, 18 April 2014

Posing for the Camera

A Robin stands still just long enough for me to capture a picture before flying to my nearby feeding station for a meal.