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Birds - Blue Tit Page 6

Image Taken on 01 May 2015 at 18:03    Image of day on 26 Jun 2015

This Bluetit landed in a pool of sunlight that the cameraman couldn't resist!

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Image Taken on 06 Dec 2008 at 10:50    Image of day on 24 Dec 2008

Give a bird a bit of rough rendering and the more agile will happily walk straight up a vertical wall.

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Image Taken on 22 May 2015 at 11:03    Image of day on 21 Jul 2015

The Bluetits feeding the youngsters in the nest over the utility room are getting ever more frantic delivering food. Here you can unusually make out the whole of the next meal still distressingly thrashing about.

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Image Taken on 20 Apr 2012 at 18:24    Image of day on 18 May 2012

Togetherness Bluetit style - courtship feeding of the female (left) by the male. This is part of the pair-bond formation and which insects he brings helps the female 'decide' when to make eggs.

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Image Taken on 20 Apr 2012 at 18:24    Image of day on 18 May 2012

A closer and lightened look shows the males beak inside the females.

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Image Taken on 17 Jun 2012 at 11:10    Image of day on 27 Jul 2012

The ever gaping maw of the Bluetit chick in the background, demanding that tiny grub.

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Image Taken on 19 May 2009 at 11:23    Image of day on 06 Jun 2009

Although conditions were not ideal we were surprised to catch this moment when the two parents arrived together both with beaks full of food for the chicks. The bird starting on the left was dropping down and initially moving backward while the other whizzed in from the right. The one initially on the right veered off to avoid a collision. These successive frames taken at about 7 fps.

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Image Taken on 05 Jun 2008 at 09:21    Image of day on 12 Jun 2008

The parents were arriving so often they had to queue up a few times. Here one leaves over the head of the other waiting to go in.

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Image Taken on 22 May 2012 at 06:35    Image of day on 23 Jun 2012

And here a bird exiting, pausing for a moment on the TV aerial lead when he realised we have appeared while he was inside.

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Image Taken on 17 Sep 2010 at 11:05    Image of day on 03 Nov 2010

Photographed through the living room window, a bluetit feasted on seeds from a broken weed stem in the hedge. Look carefully at the beak and you will see the seed itself attached to the hairs that would have let it be blown away in the wind if the bird hadn't got it first

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Image Taken on 05 Mar 2008 at 09:57    Image of day on 29 Mar 2008

The Bluetits are now stripping buds from the Ash trees. In this montage the bird can just get the bud in it's beak, but a moment later has dropped it (and it let it go).

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Image Taken on 17 May 2015 at 07:30    Image of day on 13 Jul 2015

Part of the household duties of Bluetit nests is being lavatory attendant to their heap of steaming chicks. Actually the 'Fecal Sacs' are fairly clean until they drop them and they burst!

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Image Taken on 20 Jan 2016 at 12:39    Image of day on 24 Feb 2016

This Bluetit spent several minutes searching the lichen crusted bark of this old Black Poplar. This first image is exactly what we saw - who cares about gravity!

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Image Taken on 20 Jan 2016 at 12:40    Image of day on 24 Feb 2016

A montage of a single Bluetit searching the lichen crusted bark of this old Black Poplar, working its way along a branch.

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Image Taken on 21 Jan 2012 at 16:04    Image of day on 21 Feb 2012

Just a little delight.

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Image Taken on 02 Apr 2012 at 10:54    Image of day on 01 May 2012

There is a hole in the flashing behind this downpipe, and Bluetits are making a nest in it!

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Image Taken on 25 Oct 2010 at 14:07    Image of day on 23 Dec 2010

Three unexpected bird feasts
Can a Bluetit really manage raw root veg?

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Image Taken on 09 Jan 2014 at 15:21    Image of day on 27 Feb 2014


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Image Taken on 09 Feb 2016 at 14:32    Image of day on 11 Mar 2016

We notice that many of the Bluetits have well developed brood patches already.
Brood patch? A strip of thinly insulated skin on the breast which is pressed against eggs, and later chicks, to keep them warm.

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Image Taken on 14 May 2011 at 15:39    Image of day on 16 Jun 2011

This bluetit looks really tatty because of a strong wind blowing up the head feathers from behind. He has an insect for the chicks. We have LOTS of tit nest boxes and can't say where this one went.

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