Tuesday, 15 January 2013


As predicted it snowed quite heavily yesterday during the middle part of the day and left a covering of about three inches. I could see that the birds in the garden were having trouble getting any food from the snow bound feeders so during a let up in the snow I braved the elements and cleared  a patch on the ground and put down a good helping of seed.

As soon as I'd scurried back into the warm the birds began to come down to feed. After watching them for about ten minutes and being the 'sharp as a tack' person that I am it suddenly dawned on me ...photo opportunity!  So that's how I spent the next couple of hours...laying prone on the floor on the warm side of the patio doors taking lots of dark grainy out of focus photos...but, you know what?...apart from the crick in my neck I thoroughly enjoyed it...birding in the warm, a cup of tea close at hand ...you can't beat it!!

Here are a few of the better ones (with a massive amount of help from Photoshop!!)

Blackbird (male)

Blackbird (female)

 Blackbird (female)

 House Sparrow (male)

Collared Dove


holdingmoments said...

That's the way to do it lol

Through glass, they've come out really well.

The Herald said...

Thanks Keith, it passed away a couple of (warm) hours!...[;o)

Roy Norris said...

Superb images Trevor and I bet the tea was nice as well.{:))

The Herald said...

Thanks Roy, Yeh tea, and lots of it, is an essential part of indoor birdwatching!..lol...[;o)

ADRIAN said...

These are brilliant considering the glass in the way.
Best way to carry on in this weather.

The Herald said...

Thanks Adrian, Photoshop needs to take a lot of the credit I'm afraid.

Plenty of tea is the answer in this weather Adrian!...[;o)

Bob Bushell said...

They stand out so well against the white of snow, great images.


Very good photos trevor with all that glass in the way. That a fair bit of snow you have there, we had nothing at all.......I hope it stays that way.


Carole M. said...

it's the thrill of the chase and if it's right there in some little spot at home, it works, all's good. Beautiful photographs, each one (love the snowy background).

grammie g said...

Hi Trevor...Come on you got to get right out there in it..what this setting,and sipping tea stuff...well these are right fine through glass !! I do it all the time ; )!!
Thanks for the comment on my post..everything is going down those pipes slick as an egg through a chicken ; )

The Herald said...

Thanks Bob...[;o)

Thanks Peter...[;o)

Thanks Carole, not much chasing involved, just plenty of tea!.lol...[;o)

Hi Grace, Can't be doing with too much of this cold weather malarkey, warmth and an endless supply of tea suits me fine...lol

Glad to hear those pipes are running slick and smooth now!!...[;o)

ShySongbird said...

Lovely images Trevor, they have come out really well! It sounded a pleasant way to enjoy the birds and the snow without getting cold :-)

The Herald said...

Thanks Jan, it was a good couple of hours spent in the warm...and the tea helped of course!...lol...[;o)