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I've been lucky to watch these nuthatches from about a month ago. They make such an unusual nest, lining both the inside and outside with mud, which dries and leaves the entrance hole exactly the size they like it.
Now they have got to the feeding stage and both adults are backwards and forwards every 10 mintes or so. I do hope the babies appear one day enough to get a picture of a couple of beaks.
I've never seen a Nuthatch nest before, and it's been a privilege watching them. You can see the dried mud on the nestbox above his head. That took about three weeks for them to complete!
Hope you like.

Taken on tripod with old faithful Sigma manual focus 600mm (1970s) + EOS adapter. I like this 25 'Eagerbay' lens better than the recent Canon 100mm macro I treated myself to for the summer pond insects here, and which cost me an arm and a leg. Does anyone know a site or blog of users of Canon 100mm f2.8 EF lenses where people share their experiences? I'd be interested to see tips for sharp images. At the moment my 6:50 Russian Jupiter 11a 135mm f4 manual focus lens gives as sharp or sharper images than the Canon 100mm.....

Best to all,
Dave.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 450D
Lens:1970s Sigma 600mm m/f prime (mirror f8) + EOS adapter
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:0mm
Aperture:f/0.0
Shutter Speed:1/15sec
Exposure Comp:-5/3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Nesting Nuthatch
Username:HobbitDave HobbitDave
Uploaded:13 May 2011 - 10:50 AM
Tags:Nest, Nestbox, Nesting, Nut hatch, Nuthatch, Wildlife / nature
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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2011 - 11:02 AM

Thanks for such an interesting write up
A delightful image as a bonus

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Len1950
Len1950 e2 Member 4Len1950 vcard England
13 May 2011 - 11:02 AM

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/index.php, have a rummage through here Dave regards the 100mm, I've got the 100mm IS macro lens which up to now I've found pretty good as long as you've got enough light for a reasonable shutter speed.
Smashing shot of the Nutty leaving the nest.

Len

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2011 - 11:14 AM

Lovely shot,Dave, and such an interesting write up too: I too look forward to your catching a shot of the young in due course.
Ronnie.

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Lovely capture Dave - well done !

Chris

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ccb
ccb  626 forum posts United States2 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2011 - 12:18 PM

Delightful shot, Dave! Odd how they put mud on the outside too - it looks like a tight enough squeeze as it is. You'll have fun watching events develop there.
Christina

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HobbitDave
13 May 2011 - 12:20 PM


Quote: Http://photography-on-the.net/forum/index.php, have a rummage through here Dave regards the 100mm, I've got the 100mm IS macro lens which up to now I've found pretty good as long as you've got enough light for a reasonable shutter speed.
Smashing shot of the Nutty leaving the nest.

Len

Thanks Len, that should be a good help. Thanks for the link,
All the best, Dave.

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2011 - 2:29 PM

I have difficulty in finding a nuthatch never mind a nest, look forward to more of these images and hopefully some fledglings to, enjoyed the write up - most important and a lot of members dont bother

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2011 - 2:37 PM

First Dave, lets hope she does not put any weight on..or will never get through the hole...(say's me munching onn ChocolateWink )
I remember earlier shots you showed of the build of this nest, so now looking forward to seeing the young too, I have them here but to feed only, so you 'must' be a privleged oneWink
Wonderful shot and great focus
Lillian

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HobbitDave
13 May 2011 - 3:12 PM


Quote: First Dave, lets hope she does not put any weight on..or will never get through the hole...(say's me munching onn ChocolateWink )
I remember earlier shots you showed of the build of this nest, so now looking forward to seeing the young too, I have them here but to feed only, so you 'must' be a privleged oneWink
Wonderful shot and great focus
Lillian

I know the feeling, Lillian (he said, putting his mars bar down to type this Wink but she is in and out of the nest about every 5 minutes now, so I think will be losing the weight, not putting it on. The nest is on my next door neighbour's wall, but by providence I can line my triopd straight at it over the hedge, as the nest is high enough ;D
Dave.

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JustDucky
JustDucky  3 Canada
13 May 2011 - 3:35 PM

terrific image, well done
Tammy

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2011 - 3:44 PM

The detail is superb, and the light and colour are beautiful.I notice that you always use "-" stop, I don't know if the result is due to the lenses or the exposure, quite comfortable to view.. It's like a bargain shop here,GrinGrinGrinGrin
Jasmine

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janty66
janty66  7 England
13 May 2011 - 4:05 PM

Well caught...

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moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
13 May 2011 - 5:53 PM

I hope you get to see the youngsters too, looking forward to shots of them. A lovely capture here. Persevere with the lens, use it every day, that was the advice I got from someone on here. It is very good when you get to grips with it. Took me ages though Grin. Moira

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HobbitDave
13 May 2011 - 8:26 PM


Quote: I hope you get to see the youngsters too, looking forward to shots of them. A lovely capture here. Persevere with the lens, use it every day, that was the advice I got from someone on here. It is very good when you get to grips with it. Took me ages though Grin. Moira

Thanks for the advice about the lens, Moira, I'll be doing just that. All the best, Dave Wink

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2011 - 11:32 AM

A lovely nature shot Dave, it must be a real privelege to have all these birds and beasties visit your garden and have some set up home there

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mars
mars  6 England
14 May 2011 - 11:06 PM

A real beauty...proud parents soon to introduce their offspring?!

M

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HobbitDave
14 May 2011 - 11:08 PM


Quote: A real beauty...proud parents soon to introduce their offspring?!

M

I've seen an offspring's yellow beak briefly for the first time this evening inside the nest box, so I hope soon, M.
Dave.

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bunbeam
bunbeam  8 United Kingdom
15 May 2011 - 7:15 PM

superb .. cant wait to see the youngsters
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Brilane
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15 May 2011 - 8:33 PM

Nicely taken, Dave.
Brian

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pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2012 - 4:33 PM

how come this appeared just now as I am viewing my faves I am all confoosed, cos - I have already commented

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