Saturday, December 20, 2014

New Nest Box

I spotted a Wildlife World camera nest box in one of Amazon's lightning deals sales and decided to order one.

It is quite versatile.
Set up as a Robin or Wren box:


As a Blue Tit box:


As can be seen the camera has plenty of cable attached.
The camera is in its own housing inside the hinged top:


Also the camera box can be removed to be used separately:


It could be used as a sheltered camera to watch feeders, etc..

The camera comes with two lenses, standard and wide angle.
At the moment I have the standard lens on which I focussed to what should be the height of a nest. Camera is colour if there is enough light and b/w with IR lighting in poor light.
The camera includes a microphone which I haven't connected yet.

The result can be seen top left in this screen grab:

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My old camera box is top right.

For now I have fixed the box, set up for Blue Tits, on the back of the Summer house facing large bushes for shelter and well out of direct sunlight except for maybe an hour each day.  Now it is a waiting game to see whether it gets investigated.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday at the Flicks - Suet Attraction + No Sharing


It doesn't take long for birds to find a way to reach the suet balls:

Two female Blackbirds into one bird table doesn't go (no sound):

Have a great weekend observing the wildlife around you.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tuesday Twister - Answer

Last week's Tuesday Twister had everyone guessing but it turned out to be difficult. The nearest was Adrian who though it might have been some sort of hanging basket, and Wilma who thought it was a hanging decoration. It is supposed to be a planter, but one which can stand on a shelf or window ledge. It is a duck with a hollow back lined with plastic so a small plant pot can be stood in it, or filled with compost and bulbs planted. I just use it as an ornament:


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That's all for this year folks. Many thanks for all who had a go guessing over the past year. Who knows what next year's puzzles will be but once I have thought of something they will be back some time in the new year.

Today I received the results of my heart scan and was, literally, given the thumbs up. Everything is working as it should do. So that was quite a relief.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Two of a Kind

Not very often two Robins are seen in the same garden as they are extremely vigorous about guarding their territory. Most probably these are, or soon will be, a breeding pair.

Number one was at the front of the shed:

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Number two on the shed guttering a short distance away:

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Number one was investigating everything looking for food:

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Saturday, December 13, 2014



As we picked our way along frosty and frozen footpaths at dawn this morning I could see the Moon shining in an otherwise clear sky. Once home I grabbed the 70D and tripod and took a few rapid shots before my fingers froze:

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Title produced with Art Text 2.
Photo processed in Photoscape X.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday at the Flicks - Some Regulars + A Sneak Thief

Some of the regular visitors to the bird table on a dull Winter's day:

I decided to place a suet log on the bird table so the small ground feeders would have a chance to peck at it. Needless to say that lasted less than ten minutes as a sneak thief made off with it before any birds had a chance to sample it:

Have a great weekend observing the wildlife around you.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Winter Sunrise


 Tuesday morning dawned cold but very cheerful with a glorious Sunrise.
 Viewed from my front garden:

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A great pity that such views are so short lived but that makes seeing them all the more special.

All taken with the Nikon S9050. Apart from cropping only the first photo was modified using the Mac app Snapheal to eliminate a telephone pole and wires.

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