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10 hours ago, themysterybidder said:

Beautiful pigeon.  :yes:  No remarks @Roger the Dodger about being better in a pie!  :nono::thumbsup:

I grew up in San Francisco, where they're as plentiful as flies, descending by the hundreds (thousands?) on Union Square and other locations. Not widely appreciated. Only later in life did I learn they're  Rock dovesbut just learned that there's another variety or label for what I knew, feral pigeons.

We have red shouldered hawks in my area, used to having nests nearby and hearing the brood's teenagers loudly cavorting in late spring. Beautiful in flight, majestic sitting still on a tree or pole over a pasture watching for the next meal (their hunting strategy). 

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If you have a couple of Samsung devices like a phone and tablet, they can be synced together using the Samsung 'Sidesync' app. What this does is make your phone screen appear on your tablet, and you can then control the phone from the tablet screen. In photo mode, this means you can use the tablet as a remote shutter release and capture shots while being metres away from the phone. I set my phone up on a tripod out in the garden, focused on the bird feeders, then synced it to my tablet. I was then able to go indoors and remotely operate the phone camera without scaring the birds. Everything that the camera could see was on my tablet in real time, so I was able to click the shutter whenever a bird landed on the feeder. This was just an experimental first attempt, and some of the pics aren't too clever as the feeder was moving when the birds landed or the wind blew...I must tether it so it can't move for the next attempt. Only a few of the more common tits about today...hopefully I'll get some pics of the Long Tailed tits and the Nuthatch that frequent the feeder soon.

EDIT: Since posting this, I have found out that Samsung no longer support the 'Sidesync' app and you can no longer download it. This is because it only works with devices up to the S8 phone and lower. If you still have it downloaded, you can continue to use it, but if your phone is higher than an S8 you need the newer version, 'Samsung Flow' which does exactly the same. Incidentally, there are also lots of other 'mirroring' apps for non Samsung devices out there which allow you to do the same...you just need to search them out in the App store.

Blue tit, Great tit and Marsh tit.

Garden birds.

Blue tits...

Garden birds.

Garden birds.

Garden birds.

Garden birds.

Garden birds.

Great tit...

Garden birds.

Garden birds.

Marsh tit...

Garden birds.

Garden birds.

Coal tit...

Garden birds.

Garden birds.

Robin.

Garden birds.

The set up...

Garden birds.

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Having made the feeder a bit more secure, I had another go at some shots of garden birds. It was a nice sunny day so they were out and about in numbers. 

Blue tits

Garden birds.

Garden birds.

Garden birds.

Robin.

Garden birds.

Garden birds.

The Nuthatch made an appearance...

Garden birds.

Garden birds.

Garden birds.

Just as I'd given up hope, the Long Tailed tits arrived. They normally congregate in a group, and the most I counted on the fat feeder was eleven...though the pics were too crowded.

Garden birds.

Garden birds.

Garden birds.

 

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