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Waiting in Line

By Gerryrys
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This is more of a behavioural observation rather than an individual showpiece so it may not appeal to some of the purists.

From what I have seen these LTTs seem to be some of the best mannered birds at the feeding station. They arrive in a noisy group sometimes as large as 20 or more. When all the space is occupied the remainder form an orderly queue and wait for their turn. Several birds would often take advantage of this nearby barbed wire fence. Whilst waiting they chatter merrily away to each other quite unlike your average supermarket queue! Smile

Many thanks for your interest in yesterday's pic and special thanks to Fefe and Alda for their generous awards. I had better give the LTTs a rest now and find something else to spare you from terminal boredom.

Enjoy your day.


Tags: Long tailed tit Aegithalos caudatus Wildlife and nature

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senn Plus
5 4 1 Belgium
25 Jan 2013 1:08PM
superb comp and lighting, .. great DOF managing too

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Tibetan 4 3 England
25 Jan 2013 1:15PM
Yes Gerry they do exactly as you describe perfectly, and do not squabble like many others, only one supermarket trolley each lol. two good shots, V2, has a slight edge on V1. but both top notch, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
25 Jan 2013 1:16PM
Two wonderful observations, Gerry, and I could never tire of seeing these enchanting little fluffballs. Carol
Trev_B 9 151 68 England
25 Jan 2013 1:20PM
An interesting observation Gerry.... I am wondering what the foreground Tit in V2 had said to it's pal to get such a look of disdain.

Well done...

25 Jan 2013 1:57PM
These two shots are top draw love them
Both good both have that x factor about them well timed with good looks on the fluffballs

franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
25 Jan 2013 2:18PM
Lovely set.

danbrann Plus
12 624 17
25 Jan 2013 2:28PM
Nicely posed for you and you have made the most of the opportunity.
Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 2:33PM
Now YOUR showing off mate, great shots, im all for 2for1.
Brian Compo
lovely pair of tits ...excuse the pun

well captured

6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 2:37PM
Two most endearing photographs Gerry, very hard to pick a favourite when the quality is this good.

Regards Nathan
ugly Plus
8 9 57 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 2:48PM
Get these pritty thing actting my poor old slug...
25 Jan 2013 3:07PM
Two charming captures. Lovely images. Pleased to be #30.
25 Jan 2013 3:08PM
Wow love this, a stunning image, well taken.
25 Jan 2013 3:10PM
Lovely pictures - v2 looks as if he's giving the other a telling off!
Norfolkboy 10 1 4 England
25 Jan 2013 6:39PM
Two super captures, Gerry.
LTT's operate as a co operative family group, which comprises of parents
offspring & aunts and uncles. They even sleep communally.
Fefe Plus
4 23 31 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 6:58PM
Lovely shots! V1 is my fave............and I love the write up about their behaviourGrinGrin What polite birdiesSmile
tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 7:11PM
An interesting image and the narrative is very informativeSmile

pamelajean Plus
10 969 1832 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 7:33PM
Just like people, eh? We are all different. But I like these little birds a lot more now, lovely manners..
This is a lovely image of the queueing pair, so charming. Love both versions.
Reminds me of the TV add, "It's so hard to get a table".
26 Jan 2013 12:26AM
Tweeting!TongueTongueTongueTongueTongue Two stunners, Gerry!SmileTongue
Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
26 Jan 2013 7:39AM
Your write up makes these images just so much more special Gerry !! I think capturing them on this barbed wire is stunning Smile Great photos !!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
26 Jan 2013 5:01PM
Two wonderful images
canonfan 6 7 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2013 6:13PM
Two high quality images Gerry
4 3 7 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2013 10:19PM
I don't like there choice of perch but these are stunning little birds and you have captured them wonderfullyGrin. I went looking for them today but didn't see one!Sad
27 Jan 2013 8:06AM
Excellent capture. I love the pose in V2!!!
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
27 Jan 2013 12:02PM
Lovely line-up Smile
ali63 Plus
4 756 1 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 8:11PM
I really like these 2 images ,well taken,
JohnoP 11 2
27 Jan 2013 9:03PM
Delightful image Gerry - can't get enough of these LTT's! John Smile

(Sorry - missed voting on these!)
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
25 Feb 2013 3:22PM
Great images Gerry, must agree with your observations.....I have seen this behaviour many times in the past, delightful to watch,
PaulLiley 7 2 13 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2013 10:12PM
Superb shot. paul
mikehit 7 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
10 May 2013 1:00PM
What a wonderful picture!
Norfolkboy 10 1 4 England
28 May 2013 5:18PM
What a lovely pair, Gerry.
danbrann Plus
12 624 17
16 Sep 2013 10:15AM
Delightful Gerry.
15 Oct 2013 11:47AM
superb duo love these little birds !!
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
12 Nov 2013 5:46PM
why do I never have a UA when I need one!!
30 Nov 2013 5:35PM
Far too cute! Lovely shot

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