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Peter_with_digicam Apr 25, 2006 8:37 AM

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Usually, by the time the Blackbird gets round to nesting in my Wisteria on the back of the house, the blossom is out and you see nothing. Either the birds are nesting late this spring, or the weather is a couple of weeks behind. I believe it's the latter, because of our unusually cold winter this year. This one was sitting on five eggs.

Taken with FZ30 set to P; 1/320 at f/4; TCON-17 gives approximately 1137 mm focal length at 3M setting; tripod used; taken from about 20 feet away.

LadyhawkVA Apr 25, 2006 8:38 AM

He is well hidden. Nice photo.

Peter_with_digicam Apr 26, 2006 8:52 AM

Thank you for your comments.

fuse Apr 26, 2006 10:41 PM

nice catch.

i am currently doing a series on a american robin's nest which i found. just that the finals are round the corner and time isnt enough at all,

Peter_with_digicam Apr 27, 2006 1:26 AM

I agree with the second part but shudder at the first part (having just entered my seventies :-D). Thanks for your input.

P.S. Can anyone tell me how to get this darned reply on the other side of the Quote, please? the cursor won't go there.

fuse wrote:

..... the finals are round the corner and time isnt enough at all...

Peter_with_digicam May 20, 2006 12:42 AM

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It's just over 3 weeks since the mother bird was sitting on the nest. One of the newly-hatched babies leaves the nest and drops to the ground. Unable to fly yet, it searches for its mother.

Peter_with_digicam May 20, 2006 12:43 AM

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The father arrives with breakfast

Peter_with_digicam May 20, 2006 12:46 AM

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Father departs and the youngster looks out for predators (so do we, as there are several cats in the neighbourhood! :-?)

Peter_with_digicam May 20, 2006 12:49 AM

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The youngster is delighted as the father appears again with a mouthful of tasty morsels - worms

Peter_with_digicam May 20, 2006 12:52 AM

I probably won't see this baby again as I can't see how it will escape the attention of the cats. I have a feeling though, that it may have flown for the first time last night - out of the way of its predators I hope.

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