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A visitor to our Garden

A visitor to our Garden

Woke up this morning to a dusting of snow but it soon melted under the
rays of the sun and was long gone by the time I was ready to venture out.
It's still very cold by Irish standards with temperatures hovering just above
freezing and there is a constant stream of visitors to the bird feeders.
I foolishly thought that once I got my 70-300mm lens that I would be
taking marvellous photographs of birds like many other pbasers but soon
discovered that it's much more difficult than I'd thought. Our feeders are
in a somewhat shaded spot beside an overhanging shrub,perfect for the birds,
but not ideal for photography.
This Great Tit was one of the many visitors we had today, along with Blue Tits,
Coat Tits, Sparrows, Robins and Blackbirds.

Nikon D90
1/200s f/5.6 at 300.0mm iso800 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
slhoornstra22-Dec-2009 20:09
Good shot and how lovely to see such a beautiful bird. V
bill friedlander22-Dec-2009 16:09
Looks good to me too. Good exposure, nice colors and pose. V
Colin Storey21-Dec-2009 20:57
I like it, looks good to me. v
Nicki Thurgar21-Dec-2009 19:48
I snapped one of these today too... must get some bird feeders hung up as we still have lots of snow on the ground!
laine21-Dec-2009 16:22
Doesn't he look bright & cheery though...I hope you manage to have a white Christmas like everyone else in the northern half !!
Ann...21-Dec-2009 16:17
Lovely shot - you've coped with the shade well!
Neal Nye21-Dec-2009 12:25
What a little beauty! You got a fine shot of him.
Kevin Chester21-Dec-2009 10:24
LOL I know what you mean. Time to bring in the studio lighting. Having said that this shot is not bad at all.
heather21-Dec-2009 07:01
He looks just about ready to tuck in. Lovely shot!
January Grey21-Dec-2009 06:22
Looks like a great variety of bird food for your back yard visitors! This bird reminds me of our Chickadee with a yellow coat! Nicely captured, Mairead. V~
globalgadabout21-Dec-2009 04:00
the bird looks astonished at this find of a rich food supply...lots to keep the body warm here...bravo for supporting the local flock...fabulous if fleeting lot that they are..V
Mary Terry21-Dec-2009 03:52
What a cute and colorful little bird!
LynnH21-Dec-2009 01:14
LOL at Keith. I like this close shot with tight crop. Very nice soft background and DOF!!
pkocinski20-Dec-2009 23:50
It's so nice when they visit our feeders isn't it :-)
Máire Uí Mhaicín20-Dec-2009 22:53
You've caught him at a happy moment! He looks like he's at his birthday party!!
Keith O'Brien20-Dec-2009 22:46
Great colour coordination throughout this shot, nice capture, I love that doesn't sound right somehow ;-) +V
Phillip Normanton20-Dec-2009 22:44
He'll be needing a refill soon :o)
Patricia Kay20-Dec-2009 22:17
This is a great shot Mairead....Oh i took some today of my bird visitors...its not easy at all and of course none of them stayed still for more than a second...I will try again tomorrow...BV
Stephanie20-Dec-2009 22:12
This is wonderful Mairead! I am still struggling with my 70-300mm lens too. Your DOF is perfect! V.
Betty Vlasiu20-Dec-2009 22:00
This is sooo cute! :-) v
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