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I was right! My "tatty" little robin friend does have a 2nd family!
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Jul 23, 2019 16:36:24   #
lizcrafts
 
Beachgirl1000 wrote:
As you know, American robins are not the same as yours, though the coloring is similar. Yours are such cute and sprightly little birds! I actually think they have a higher "cuteness factor" than ours!
Are your UK robins always so easy to tame, or are the ones in your photos unusual?


The two species are entirely different. Your American robins (Turdus migratorius) are related to the thrushes, whereas our European robins (Erithacus rubecula) are members of the Old-World fly-catcher family.

Our robins have been known for centuries to be very tolerant of humans. As any UK gardener will know, they follow you about when you are "turning the soil" always watching for grubs and insects that might be uncovered.

I don't think that every robin can be 'hand-tamed' but I have succeeded with over 50% of those I have attempted to do it with. It needs time and a bit of patience, that's all - oh, and a supply of "live food" helps!!!

Liz x
 
Jul 23, 2019 17:02:09   #
peanutpatty (a regular here)
 
Poor momma! Good on you for being her friend, she looks like she needs one.
I love your pictures and look forward to the next ones.
Jul 23, 2019 18:20:14   #
berigora (a regular here)
 
lizcrafts wrote:
Thanks berigora - I think I'm beginning to get the hang of my new camera!!!!
Liz x


What are you using? DH is always interested!
Jul 23, 2019 18:22:35   #
tat'sgran (a regular here)
 
I have great appreciation of the time it took to capture these shots. I just spent two weeks at my lake cabin with the telephoto lense on my camera capturing mother wren feeding her new hatchlings. Nature photography is a hobby that certainly asks for nerves of steel and patient by the tonne. Bravo for the photos and happy clicking. xo wendy
Jul 23, 2019 18:32:01   #
Celt Knitter (a regular here)
 
All babies do that! I beginning to feel very rebellious when mine keep telling me what to do and questioning what time I've been out to! Great pictures and lovely sequence of events, Liz....you are a child of nature!
lizcrafts wrote:
Thanks knityknot, They are mine too - but the baby is turning into a little bully! Wait till you see the next episode - I'm collecting the photos already.

All will be 'revealed'!!!!
Liz
Jul 23, 2019 18:53:54   #
lizcrafts
 
berigora wrote:
What are you using? DH is always interested!


The new one is a Panasonic Lumix Model no.DC-FZ82. I have been using it since just after Easter.

Before then I was using the smaller Lumix TZ80 and many of my photos were taken with that, but I have now given that camera to one of my grand daughters (for when we are away on holiday) and have 'upgraded slightly.

The older, smaller one is more suitable for her little hands - well that's my excuse for getting myself a new one, anyway!!
Liz x
 
Jul 23, 2019 18:55:39   #
lizcrafts
 
tat'sgran wrote:
I have great appreciation of the time it took to capture these shots. I just spent two weeks at my lake cabin with the telephoto lense on my camera capturing mother wren feeding her new hatchlings. Nature photography is a hobby that certainly asks for nerves of steel and patient by the tonne. Bravo for the photos and happy clicking. xo wendy


Thank you so much Wendy - it's fun too!

I'd love to see some of your pictures.

Happy clicking to you too!
Liz x
Jul 23, 2019 18:57:46   #
lizcrafts
 
Celt Knitter wrote:
All babies do that! I beginning to feel very rebellious when mine keep telling me what to do and questioning what time I've been out to! Great pictures and lovely sequence of events, Liz....you are a child of nature!


My pleasure Celt Knitter. Thank you very much for looking!

I have 3 of those 'little bullies' myself - plus 4 of their progeny, telling us what to do!!!
Liz x
Jul 23, 2019 20:00:23   #
Beachgirl1000 (a regular here)
 
lizcrafts wrote:
The new one is a Panasonic Lumix Model no.DC-FZ82. I have been using it since just after Easter.

Before then I was using the smaller Lumix TZ80 and many of my photos were taken with that, but I have now given that camera to one of my grand daughters (for when we are away on holiday) and have 'upgraded slightly.

The older, smaller one is more suitable for her little hands - well that's my excuse for getting myself a new one, anyway!!
Liz x


I have two Panasonic Lumix cameras, but I don't remember the model. I like them very much.
Jul 23, 2019 20:38:42   #
Nanamel14 (a regular here)
 
Thank you for sharing....I love looking through your pictures, I love watching the birds/wildlife around my property
Jul 23, 2019 20:45:31   #
tat'sgran (a regular here)
 
lizcrafts wrote:
Thank you so much Wendy - it's fun too!

I'd love to see some of your pictures.

Happy clicking to you too!
Liz x


Have to go for dialysis in the am and then chemo blood scan so will download some for you when I get back tomorrow afternoon. I truly spent hours on the lawn chair with the camera at my face and the results are well worth it. Till tomorrow! Hugs xo wendy
 
Jul 23, 2019 22:20:04   #
Lurker 2 (a regular here)
 
lizcrafts wrote:
We have gannets at my favourite reserve - Bempton Cliffs. They are absolutely magnificent birds.

I hope you like this picture (which I have posted before, so many apologies if you have already seen it!). The middle two birds are "having fun" - but just look at the expression on the beak of the "voyeur" at the back

Liz x


We have an 'on-shore ' Gannett Colony on the headland out from Hastings in the Hawkes Bay (east coast- ' just recalled its Cape Kidnappers)
Tourists can access it from the beach or clifftop, but about a year ago, there was a very serious landslip , rock fall, I have forgotten if it involved a death , but certainly there was very serious injury.
There's always pros and cons, when people get involved.
Like in the South Island , after the major Quake at Kaikoura, they've had to fence off several places where birds are nesting, because people were tramping willy nilly through the nests. The quake has caused considerable uplift,, so many of the birds and animals have had a major adjustment.
Jul 24, 2019 04:42:22   #
lizcrafts
 
Beachgirl1000 wrote:
I have two Panasonic Lumix cameras, but I don't remember the model. I like them very much.


The optics of the Lumix are pretty good and I find them easy to handle. My husband has a "proper"(!!) Olympus camera with a tripod and all the extra lenses and filters, but I find it very heavy to hold (particularly if you have to wait for the shot you want) and I hate using it.

I'm more of an 'impulse' photographer - I see - I click - done - no fuss. He takes wonderfully sharp pictures of things off somewhere near the horizon - but often misses the close-up action shot! That's why we are a good team - in everything!!!!

We have just treated ourselves to a lovely little new underwater camera - the Olympus "Tough". The naturalist on our last holiday had the same model, and his underwater pictures were absolutely amazing. We want to use it for snorkelling and with the children playing in the water, this summer. I'm going to have to start practicing using that one too!!
Liz x
Jul 24, 2019 05:54:24   #
Cashmere-Cat (a regular here)
 
Fabulous photography x
Jul 24, 2019 05:59:07   #
inishowen (a regular here)
 
Wonderful photos. We had a treat last weekend when staying in a hotel in Wexford. The swallows had nested all around the eaves. One nest was right outside our window so we had a lovely view of the baby birds and their parents feeding them.
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