Caught Napping

Greenfinch (Chloris chloris) – I caught this one intially taking a few sips of water from my birdbath. I was looking through my patio window, and thought to myself I bet I won’t have time to swap over lenses, will I? I had my macro lens on, and I half expected the bird to fly, but it didn’t. So I swapped over the lenses and took a few shots through the glass. My lens is only 300 mm max, so I needed to get closer, which meant opening the patio door. The bird is surely to fly now! I was slow and quiet, and the bird was still there, perched on the edge of the birdbath, apparently taking a nap? I managed to get within a few feet of it before it finally realised I was there and flew to the back fence.

Greenfinch Chloris chloris

Greenfinch Chloris chloris

33 thoughts on “Caught Napping

  1. You had a co-operative Greenfinch and I a co-operative Crowned Hornbill – they were kind to us for a change. I like these photographs very much.

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  2. Great photos. Such a treat to have a bird actually stand still for some time (so you could swap lenses and take the shots).

    I’ve had my cameras put away for many days due to other indoor activities and wouldn’t you know it. I saw a (rare to my balcony) Grey fantail yesterday and missed the shot.

    Photography is such a great hobby when you’re stuck at home, but have a garden. Your blog has shown just how diverse insects can be in that space for starters πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Vicki πŸ™‚ It’s always the case when you don’t have the camera handy that something rare appears as if to taunt you. I am amazed at the diversity of life a small garden can hold such as mine, and this year appears to have been a good one for all kinds of new visitors.

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  3. I empathize with your bird, because I know that feeling all too well, especially when sitting in the sun with natural surroundings. And it’s a lovely feeling.

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    1. I always find it quite exciting, whether it is a bird, a mammal, or an invertebrate on approach. I always try to get a few shots in from afar just in case they flee on my first foot forward, and thne creep gradually closer and closer until I can try and fill the frame if possible. Of course most of these exploits can end in disappointment, especially if you don’t get a shot in, or what you have is too distant.

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