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Young Robin (0014)

Young Robin

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Still the young bird had not much in common with the red belly of the robin. But the small escape distance, which showed here the few week old bird before me, pointed nevertheless to the behavior of robins.

He stomped further through the bed, looked sometimes left, sometimes right whether he would not find something to eat. Only briefly the robin moved behind our forsythia and I thought it would hide. But then it went a little further and presented itself to me from the side. Now I could see the not yet fully developed flight and tail feathers.

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Little Sparrow (0070)

Little Sparrow on his toughest day

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A picture story in 12 photos

»Little Sparrow« I called this young sparrow, which had probably just fallen out of the nest. He could not fly yet, when I discovered him on our terrace in the pouring rain close to one of our flower pots, he therefore did not come on one of the surrounding branches. I took all the photographs in this post from the slightly open patio door, I lay there on the ground for quite a while to get more or less eye level with Little Sparrow.

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Dunnock (0007)


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The Dunnock is one of our more frequently seen garden birds. But mostly this bird moves around on the ground and looks for food there. Only rarely I have seen him sitting on our branch and usually only with a quick cursory glance, whether there would not be something to eat.

So I could consider myself lucky to have captured this moment. Moreover, with the small detail that there was a small caterpillar on the beak!

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.

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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!

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