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Going it alone ....

By teocali
Finally on the roof and out into the big wide world and going it alone (well, not quite as parents are still being very supportive Smile ) All four fledglings are now squeaking away for food up in the willow tree in our garden and being well supported by their parents. Am hoping they might come down to within reasonable range to display their hunting skills before setting off for the great migration*. This image was taken from 45.7m away using the 500m + 1.4x TC + 25mm ext tube.

*The Spotted Flycatcher is a long-distance migrant with birds travelling to sub-Saharan Africa, south of the equator during October-November. Most of this migration takes place during the night.

Many thanks for your continued support of this mini series - really appreciated as always.

Tags: World Garden Wildbird Roof Willow Fledgling Spotted flycatcher Wildlife and nature Migratory Muscicapa-striata

Voters: LukeParkinson, Ray42, RonnieAG and 39 more

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Ray42 13 3 England
29 Jun 2011 9:43AM
Wont be long now before lift-off
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
29 Jun 2011 9:45AM
Very nicely captured shot, Sylvia, it's current perch being rather different to what one tends to see in the main.
pluckyfilly 14 351 33 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2011 9:57AM
your a grandma now Sylvia - lovely shot
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2011 10:08AM
oh that is so dear ....
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
29 Jun 2011 10:09AM
Good luck to the four babies, hope they make it. Very well captured, Sylvia, you'll be sorry when they have gone Sad. Carol
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2011 11:00AM
Very good capture and well described! Thank you for sharing. IB
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
29 Jun 2011 11:18AM
Brilliant Sylvia. Its lovely to see these little creatures taking another major step towards adulthood. Hope they stay around for you for a little while longer.
Greyheron 19 282 7 England
29 Jun 2011 12:14PM
Great news Sylvia - and a wonderful image of the youngster Smile

Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
29 Jun 2011 1:57PM
A great capture of the little fella. How interesting about them, travelling so far..............Sandy
JustDucky 10 8 Canada
29 Jun 2011 3:09PM
wonderful detail, great capture
SteveMoulding 12 3 7 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2011 4:05PM
Always great to capture first steps into the world. A beautiful shot.
Ade_Osman 17 4.5k 36 England
29 Jun 2011 4:54PM
Another stunning image Sylvia, glad to hear they're doing well....

Shroomer 14 14 167 England
29 Jun 2011 5:30PM
Its been a really pleasing time Sylvia and so glad all 4 fledged ok. Well documented and good to see you tried the tube on the 500mm
29 Jun 2011 7:37PM
Hi Sylvia , it is all looking good for the chicks, and they will be in fine fettle for the journey, they have provided a load of entertainment and shots thanks regards gray.
Mynett 12 142 6 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2011 7:44PM
aw what a lovely little capture

29 Jun 2011 8:10PM
Superb capture Smile
AshTree 11 1.7k 6 England
29 Jun 2011 9:47PM
How lovely! Super detail - not just in the little fellah, but in your roof tiles Wink. The world must seem a pretty daunting place to him and you seem to have captured that feeling in this shot.
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
2 Jul 2011 8:05PM
A delightful image Sylvia, it looks like this fledgling is enjoying a night on the tiles!Wink

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