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Comments (15)

Evgenia Lepikhova on February 8, 2008

Heavenly nook, Yan! This bird is Garrulus (jay)? Best wishes. Eva

Ian Stehbens on February 8, 2008

Dear Eva,

I am so pleased this appeals to you. It was a special hour I spent at my bedroom window just watching this nook in the walled garden. As it is an European bird, you be my teacher and tell me what it is.


Marilyn Whiteley on February 8, 2008

What a perfectly caught moment, Ian--action and repose! And visually the blue ties them together, and the eye goes back and forth from one to the other as life goes from one to the other.


rav200 on February 8, 2008

Good reflex!! Nice captured photo, Ian

I think, this is tit. What a name!! ;-)

Ian Stehbens on February 8, 2008

The love and kindness of our hosts are typified by the way they provided for such creatures as this.

If I remember correctly, they referred to this bird as a "blue tit". It probably has a variety of names if it is found in other areas of Europe - at least in other languages.

Marilyn, When I was considering cropping or even whether to upload, I found that I was doing exactly what you describe. My eye was actually flitting from bird to box entry, sometimes rapidly, other times I'd pause on one but then look at the other. And this seemed to bring the picture to life for me: my eye was doing what it was required to do by nature. So that made the image a particularly good one for me.

Rafal, It did require patience with the tele lens for one could not see the bird coming usually, (it has that surprising sort of approach) one just had to see it and press. This moment was the moment of hover for a split second as it changed direction and went up under the wistaria and into the box.

Thankyou Eva, Marilyn and Rafal for your comments and affirmation.


juan jose romero on February 9, 2008

You've got a magic eye to catch up magic moments! Compliments and thanks!!! JJ

Ian Stehbens on February 9, 2008

Dear Juan José,

I just wish I could write in Spanish, for to say thanks in English seems to fall short of the respect due to you, artist, photographer and my friend.

The moment was magic, but the eye was just patient - waiting.


pic.point on February 9, 2008

Oh Ian, it is such a cute picture. A little thing heading to it's safe house made by the loving hands. I guess a half-dozen of tiny chicks are waiting there. Great capture, a reward for your patience.

Greetings, Inessa

Anne Wiese on February 9, 2008

How beautiful, Ian! It's really a wonderful capture, not only a great action shot, but the entire composition is lovely! It gets a YS from me. BTW, I think the bird is a blue tit. Greetings, Anne

Ian Stehbens on February 9, 2008

Dear Inessa and Anne,

Thanks for confirming "Blue tit" identity, Anne. I wonder what its name is in other languages and countries. Does it have names in German and French?

And I appreciate that you have clicked it into your favourites. When this one was taken, I knew I had the shot of the day, but one never really knows until it is seen on the screen and then you know, ah!, it is in focus!!

An Inessa, as for the number of chicks, I can't give you an answer, but what I do know is that this bird was rather frantic collecting food! And this which made my chances better for she just kept coming and going, and so she gave me some idea of her flight pattern and where to keep half an eye on her approach.

We loved the gardens of Europe: in spring, summer, autumn and under snow!

Kind regards to you both.


Monika Nork on February 15, 2008

What a wonderful picture! At the right moment at the right place.

Greetings, from Germany, Monika

Ian Stehbens on February 15, 2008

Hello Monika. Thankyou for your communication. It is worth the patience to have a photo such as this. But doesn't digital photography make such a difference!!

Australian greetings to you.


Ian Stehbens on March 26, 2008

You are encouraging and affirming Paul. Thanks for the information and I appreciate that you see skill in my work. I saw my success was mostly in the opportunity given by the family who set up the nesting box and in the good fortune that my bedroom window provided me with a perfect hide.

Now this is not a defence, but it may help someone else who wants to try to achieve a successful shot. Thanks, Paul for drawing this out of me: this is where the patience comes in.

Patiently watch the birds to work out their flight pattern. After that patiently work out where to look with one eye to see the approach. But like me you will just have to take the shot earlier than you want to, for one's reaction time has to be factored in. Until I was willing to accept that, being patient with myself, I wasn't going to get it.

Patiently learn the flight patterns, patiently prep the camera e.g. set the focal length and switch off autofocus, and be patient towards one's own slow reactions.


Milo1978 on May 29, 2009

Great photo! Indeed, it must have taken much patience to capture this one! Very nice!

Ian Stehbens on May 29, 2009

I am glad that you found this corner in this Norfolk, Milo1978. Thanks for your affirming comment.


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