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Pied Wagtail (0038)

Pied wagtail on plowed field

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Together with the starlings was also a wagtail on the fresh field. However, this one was also alone and show a completely different behavior. She walked almost exclusively on the walls of the plow tracks, obviously to keep the overview. It also had a much greater escape distance than the starlings. I only succeeded in taking the photo because I had studied her behavior for a while and then lay down in the grass at the edge of the field.

Slowly the wagtail then came up to me, looking sometimes left, sometimes right, but going further and further along the mound. I made meanwhile the first pictures and simply hoped that it would not discover me, before it was not to be seen sufficiently large in the viewfinder. And so I could take this picture later. The wagtail had just spotted me, straightened up a bit and was up and away a few moments later. But I had my picture in the box!

I love the contrast of the black and white bird against the brown tones of the freshly plowed field.

I am a star(ling)! (0087)

I am a star(ling)!

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When in spring the farmer plowed a field near us in Buchholz, there were immediately several starlings on the fresh topsoil. One of the starlings stood out a bit from the crowd of other birds. He was not looking for food and mostly walked up and down along the plow tracks with his head held high. I tried to approach the edge of the field slowly so as not to spook the birds. But, of course, they all flew up at first. So I moved to one corner of the field, perched on the edge of the field, and waited.

It was going to be worth it. Slowly the starlings moved back to the field. And also the starling came again. Only after the first shots with my telephoto lens I realized that he had his beak full of insects, centipedes and an earthworm, and held them proudly aloft. The best picture I managed to get was backlit, where the centipedes really shine. But the other two, where you can partly see flies around the bird, show the great coloring of the plumage. Even if there was just not the sun shining on the starlings. read more and write a comment …

Blaumeise auf Besichtigungstour (0014)

Blue tit on inspection tour

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This blue tit was visiting our rhododendron bush for some time. The cut branches are mostly used by tits to fly up to the nest box. The bush itself protects the approach very well and is so bare inside that even further distances inside the bush can be covered.

Here the blue tit looks up to the entrance of the nest box. Is the way too far? Can she reach it with a few flaps of her wings? The light comes appropriately from above for this photo, barely illuminating the background and only the blue tit’s bright head.

In the end, I guess it wasn’t so fitting, no tit family had moved into our nest box this spring. Too bad!

Female blackbird (0001)

Female blackbird

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I prefer the birds in natural surroundings, blackbirds, for example, foraging in our flower beds or on the grassy areas around our house.

But when this blackbird lady presented herself so on the back of the chair, I gratefully took the motif. This shows off the beautiful brown shoulder and head plumage of the female blackbird. On the beak, you can still see the fine feathers that wrap around it like a beard. And in addition the yellow rimmed eye!

Female House sparrow (0012)

House sparrows at feeding place

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It was a slightly rainy day. I was once again sitting in my camouflage tent and was only about 2 meters away from our bird feeding place. At this time of day, almost exclusively house sparrows were frolicking at the feeder. The female jumped once on the edge, so I could capture it in full size. You should view this image in large — on a tablet or laptop/desktop monitor. Even a few raindrops stand out on the plumage.

With the male it was different. He was still eating a sunflower seed and you can even see his tongue in his open beak! Again, please open the picture also on a large monitor!

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