Hawfinches at bird photography hide


Young hawfinch, morning 10 June 2016

As promised, after the other blog post about finches on 10 June 2016 at the photography hide, now a blog post especially about hawfinches. Like this one, in the morning. It is a recently fledged bird, as, eg, its yellow throat, not yet black, shows.

Young hawfinch, afternoon 10 June 2016

Later, in the afternoon, there was a young hawfinch as well. It must have been another individual, as it already had more black on its throat.

Hawfinch, 10 June 2016

These photos show adult hawfinches.

Hawfinch, on 10 June 2016

Hawfinch, on branch, 10 June 2016

As do these ones.

Hawfinch, drinking, 10 June 2016

Hawfinch at the hide, 10 June 2016

Young hawfinch at the pond, 10 June 2016

In the afternoon, a young hawfinch bathed.

Young hawfinch bathing, afternoon 10 June 2016

Young hawfinch still bathing, afternoon 10 June 2016

Hawfinch bathing, 10 June 2016

Young hawfinch splashing, afternoon 10 June 2016

While the water drops splashed around.

Greenfinches, chaffinches, hawfinches at photography hide


Greenfinch male, 10 June 2016

On 10 June 2016, there were many bird species near the bird photography hide. Like this male greenfinch.

Greenfinch male, on 10 June 2016

Here is another male greenfinch photo.

Female greenfinch, 10 June 2016

This photo shows a female greenfinch.

This is a video from Britain, about male and female chaffinches in winter.

Chaffinch female, 10 June 2016

This photo shows a female chaffinch, on 10 June near the hide.

Male chaffinch, 10 June 2016

And this photo shows a male chaffinch.

Chaffinch and hawfinch, 10 June 2016

On these two photos, a male chaffinch on the left, and a hawfinch on the right.

Chaffinch and hawfinch, on 10 June 2016

Hawfinch and chaffinch couple, 10 June 2016

Finally, this photo. It shows, on the left, a hawfinch, a species of which there will soon be more photo hide photos on this blog. Then, from left to right: a great tit; a male chaffinch; a female chaffinch.

Amphibians, mammals at bird photo hide


Edible frog, 10 June 2016

At the bird photography hide are not only birds. There are also other animals, like this edible frog.

Edible frogs, 10 June 2016

More than one edible frog in the pond just outside the hide.

Edible frogs, on 10 June 2016

The Internet side of the hide mentions common frogs living here. This species hatches earlier, in spring, than edible frogs, which are for the first time in this pond in this 2016 summer.

Edible frog on bank, 10 June 2016

Sometimes, frogs sat on the bank, watching their mirror image in the pond.

Edible frogs in pond, 10 June 2016

Then, they jumped back in the water again.

Kingfishers sometimes visit the pond, but not when we were there on 10 June. Maybe there is more chance of seeing a kingfisher earlier in the year, when the frogs are in the tadpole stage and are easier to catch.

Kingfishers also eat another amphibian species living in the pond: smooth newts.

On 10 June, we often saw bank voles drinking at the pond and running around.

We did not see other mammal species living near the hide: roe deer; red squirrel; red fox.

Maps show genetic diversity in mammals, amphibians around the world. Charts provide a baseline to study humans’ effects on species. By Kate Travis, 7:00am, October 21, 2016: here.

Great spotted woodpeckers feeding their youngsters


Young great spotted woodpecker and its mother, 10 June 2016

After the blog posts about young great spotted woodpeckers and their parents, now this blog post about interaction between these two. Like this youngster with its red cap being fed by its mother on a branch near the bird photography hide.

Young great spotted woodpecker fed by its mother, 10 June 2016

Insect eating birds like woodpeckers are dependent on their parents for food for longer than seed eating birds like finches. An insect may crawl away or fly away; a seed cannot.

Great spotted woodpecker female feeds youngster, 10 June 2016

This woodpecker mother feeds her child on an old tree trunk.

Great spotted woodpecker female feeds her youngster, 10 June 2016

Great spotted woodpecker female feeding her youngster, 10 June 2016

Young great spotted woodpecker being fed, 10 June 2016

Later in the day, the young woodpeckers were still hungry.

Young great spotted woodpecker being fed by its mother, 10 June 2016

Young great spotted woodpecker fed, 10 June 2016

Young great spotted woodpeckers at photo hide


Young great spotted woodpecker, 10 June 2016

After the mainly adult great spotted woodpeckers of my earlier blog post, now young birds on 10 June 2016 at the bird photography hide. Like this one, with the red cap typical for its age, on a birch tree.

Young great spotted woodpecker bathing, 10 June 2016

Like the adult birds, the young woodpeckers liked bathing in the pool.

Young great spotted woodpecker bathing, on 10 June 2016

Young great spotted woodpecker on tree, 10 June 2016

The fledgling woodpeckers had only very recently learned flying. They still depended on their parents for food. However, they already knew how to sit vertically on a tree trunk.

Young great spotted woodpecker on tree, on 10 June 2016

Young great spotted woodpecker under branch, 10 June 2016

And how to hang horizontally under a branch.

Young great spotted woodpecker near hide, 10 June 2016

Bye bye for now, young woodpeckers! There will be another blog post about you.

Great spotted woodpeckers at photo hide


Female great spotted woodpecker, 10 June 2016

This photo shows an adult female great spotted woodpecker, drinking at the pool near the bird photography hide on 10 June 2016.

Female great spotted woodpecker drinking, 10 June 2016

So does this photo.

Female great spotted woodpecker on birch trunk, 10 June 2016

This photo shows an adult female great spotted woodpecker on a birch tree trunk.

Female great spotted woodpecker, on 10 June 2016

This is another adult female great spotted woodpecker photo.

Great spotted woodpecker pale male, 10 June 2016

This photo shows an adult male great spotted woodpecker; as we can see from the red spot on his neck. Its wings are paler than the usual black and white in this species. Maybe leucism?

Male great spotted woodpecker on oak tree, 10 June 2016

This photo shows an adult male great spotted woodpecker on a small oak tree.

Juvenile and adult female great spotted woodpecker, 10 June 2016

And this photo shows, on the left, a juvenile great spotted woodpecker, with its red cap. On the right, an adult female.

Stay tuned, as there will be more blog posts on the woodpeckers and other birds near the photo hide!

Buzzard at bird photography hide


Buzzard, 10 June 2016

About an hour after we had arrived at the bird photography hide, the buzzard pictured on this photo landed on a big coniferous tree. Soon, it flew away again.

Around the hide, there are sometimes other spectacular birds, like goshawks, sparrowhawks and kingfishers. But we did not see these three species on that 10 June.

Blue tits, marsh tits at bird photo hide


Blue tit bathing, 10 June 2016

In my earlier blog post on the photo hide, I mentioned the pool there which birds used for drinking and bathing. Not only great tits did that, also, eg, the blue tit on this photo.

Blue tit bathing, on 10 June 2016

Blue tit, 10 June 2016

Blue tits, both adults and fledglings, looked for food on branches as well.

Blue tit, on 10 June 2016

Not only great tits and blue tits, also less common tit species live near the hide. Including crested tits (which we did not see on 10 June). And long-tailed tits (which we only saw briefly in the morning).

Marsh tit, 10 June 2016

We did see marsh tits; like this one.

Marsh tit, on 10 June 2016

It liked bathing.

Marsh tit bathing, 10 June 2016

It really liked bathing.

Marsh tit bathing, on 10 June 2016

Marsh tit on bank, 10 June 2016

After the bathing, it dried its feathers on the bank.

Great tits at bird photography hide


Young great tit and parent, 10 June 2016

This photo shows a young great tit, asking its parent, with its less pale colours, to give it food.

This photo, like many others, was made on 10 June 2016 at a bird photography hide in the Gooi region in the Netherlands. In this blog post, there are only photos of great tits; the most frequent birds there, at least then. Other birds and animals will come in later blog posts; so, stay tuned!

Immediately after arriving at the hide, we saw greenfinches and hawfinches. And a long-tailed tit (which did not come back later). Great spotted woodpeckers. Dunnocks. Robins.

Young great tit, on 10 June 2016

It being June, there were many recently fledged young birds of various species. Like this great tit.

Great tit, 10 June 2016

Adult male great tit, 10 June 2016

This adult male great tit was present as well.

Young great tit, 10 June 2016

Just in front of the hide is a pool, where birds can drink and bathe.