Bird's Eye View of Bute

The Blue Tit

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The Blue Tit

This time we look at the cheeky wee Blue Tit that we see almost everywhere so it seems. Garden or country, they are there, looking for food which can be seeds insects, or in this case fat balls with seeds
through them.

I have covered tits in general before, but the photo that I submitted was of a young Great Tit that had fallen out of its nest and was about to be eaten by a seagull. So now I would like you to see this lovely photo of two Blue Tits having a good feed supplied by some bird lover on Bute. As I have said before this is not an isolated case. In many areas there are homemade balls and bought balls hanging from trees.
It is rewarding to see that this practice is continuing and even new areas have now got fat balls and nut feeders I don't think that the tit population on Bute will ever be low as they are being well fed. Even the constantly moving Long Tailed Tit has found the fat balls and the peanuts to their taste when there is none of their usual food around.
They are normally found high up on birch trees and the like, and now they will land on the ground and devour grated cheese with relish. But the blue variety is the tamest of them all. If you go around lovers walk you will see lots of them, all waiting to be fed. They will land within a short distance from you and shout for food and appear to be angry when no food is forthcoming.

With the blue tits, there are many blackbirds, robins and dunnocks, chaffinches, great tits and jackdaws, all looking for a share of the vast amounts of bread crumbs that are put there on a daily basis. It is that busy that there can be as many as six robins in the one bush getting on fine, but that will soon change when the breeding season starts. I can get as close as you can to the birds, but as soon as I lift my camera to my eye, they take off. Sometimes I am rewarded with a good photo of the species that I am chasing, but most times I fail. My biggest problem is the lack of strong sunlight so that I can get fast exposures. As I use a telephoto lens to bring the bird images closer to me, good light is essential. If it is a dull day then I need to use a large tripod, and by the time it all is set up the birds are long since gone. Not to worry, there will be many more opportunities to get them again. These little blue tits stayed very still for their photo shoot and were rewarded with grated cheese as a way of a thank you. This is just a short story as I wanted you to see the blue tits. If you can't hang a fat ball or nut feeder or go to where they are, then I will continue to let you see what I see through the Buteman.


Norrie Mulholland.

First Published in the Buteman 28-03-2003

Ps The original image is a photo of the photo, so it is not so good
 


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