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Nesting Nuthatch

By HobbitDave
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.

Tags: Nest Nuthatch Nesting Nut hatch Nestbox Wildlife and nature

Voters: barbarahirst, Len1950, RonnieAG and 22 more


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13 May 2011 11:02AM
Thanks for such an interesting write up
A delightful image as a bonus

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13 May 2011 11:02AM
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
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
13 May 2011 11:14AM
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.
13 May 2011 11:26AM
Lovely capture Dave - well done !

Chris
User_Removed 8 26 2 United States
13 May 2011 12:18PM
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
13 May 2011 12:20PM

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.
pluckyfilly Plus
9 350 33 United Kingdom
13 May 2011 2:29PM
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
Lillian Plus
7 21 17 United Kingdom
13 May 2011 2:37PM
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
13 May 2011 3:12PM

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.
JustDucky 5 8 Canada
13 May 2011 3:35PM
terrific image, well done
Tammy
xwang 7 55 8
13 May 2011 3:44PM
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
janty66 9 3 England
13 May 2011 4:05PM
Well caught...
moiral 6 12 Scotland
13 May 2011 5:53PM
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
13 May 2011 8:26PM

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
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
14 May 2011 11:32AM
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
mars 8 England
14 May 2011 11:06PM
A real beauty...proud parents soon to introduce their offspring?!

M
14 May 2011 11:08PM

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.
bunbeam 10 2 United Kingdom
15 May 2011 7:15PM
superb .. cant wait to see the youngsters
bunSmile
Brilane 10 5 12 Wales
15 May 2011 8:33PM
Nicely taken, Dave.
Brian
pluckyfilly Plus
9 350 33 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2012 4:33PM
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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