8 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday: The stage is set

  1. Great shots Shirley – they certainly have some amazing acrobatic antics. I could watch them all day. I've never successfully taken a shot of a coal tit. Too quick for me!

  2. Love this family of birds Shirl – your photos have captured them beautifully. What about the long tailed – do they come calling?

  3. Hi Shirl,

    Sorry I haven't had time to keep up with your blog over the last few months – moving house is sooo time-consuming. I just dropped in to wish you a Merry Christmas and have a quick catch-up looking at some of your lovely pictures.

  4. Hello everyone, thanks for all your comments. Sorry, I didn’t realise I hadn’t got back to you all 🙂

    Lisa, they really are 😀

    Sue, ah… cheating perhaps here? I set up my video camera indoors on a tripod and captured a few videos clips. From there, a bit time consuming, I ran them through video in my editing program and painstakingly grabbing individual frames so I could get a similar pose. My main idea here was to show colouring and the size differences between these birds. I hope to do this some more for other birds 🙂

    Angie, thanks, you can read how I captured them in my reply to Sue above – that’s one way to get a coal tit shot. I’ve been lucky to capture a few photos of this darting little bird – drinking from the running water trickle at my small pond had it staying long enough for photos. I do enjoy the challenge of getting photos and video of fast/shy birds visiting the garden 🙂

    John, it is indeed. This is a new bird table that I instantly saw as a stage set to capture images of birds for comparison photos. As you know, the low light at this time of year make for dark and grainy images. I though this bright colour of a bird table would lift the light. I must get my tripod up again soon – these images were video grabs as I explain to Sue above 🙂

    Anna, me too. Thanks, see my reply to Sue for how I got these images. Ah yes, we do get the long-tailed but being quick enough to get video of them is a whole different matter. I get photos sometime but usually on dull days or early in the morning when the light is low. In my garden, the long-tailed is usually a winter visitor when the temps are low. Some years they just past though in a group, other years they will pop in and out for a few visits over a few days – then they are gone again. I’ve been caught completely without a camera too when out in the garden and I hear their chatters as they fly above me to the feeders – a great experience to be so close though 😀

    Suzie, it was fun to see. Apologies for not following this up at the time – we will call it technical difficulties for the moment 🙂

    Juliet, gosh, I know how it goes, believe me. No worries at all. I love to catch up with bloggers I’ve known a long time – it’s like meeting up with old friends 😀 Sorry, I didn’t get round to wishing everyone a Merry Christmas this year. Wishing you a good New Year now 😀

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