Photographer's Note

Just like Bev (Royaldevon), we have a little plastic bird feeder stuck on one of our kitchen windows and this little fellow (or girl) was enjoying some peanuts a few days ago and I manage to "shoot" him or her through the window - not ideal - but I was surprised just how clearly these two images turned out.

This is a juvenile Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) whereas my earlier photograph ( was of an adult. Although there is little difference in size, this young one has yet to develop the white cheeks and the strong blue colouration on its head.

The Blue Tit is a small bird (average length 12cm, wingspan 18cm and weight 11 grams) and is also very common with an estimated 20 to 44 million pairs throughout Europe. They can be seen at any time of year in Britain. Their diet consists of insects, caterpillars, seeds and nuts.

ISO 2500, 1/250 sec at f/5.6, focal length 400mm.

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1985 W: 427 N: 7660] (30513)
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