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Feeding the Family

By teocali
Our nesting Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)pair are now feeding their chicks, which have recently hatched. The nest is high up in a gap in the stable brick wall so I don't yet know how many chicks there are. As soon as they grow bigger it will be easier to see.
The parents are perfect subjects for photography, as they sit motionless, scanning for bugs, then, like lightning, fly a quick circle, catching a bug with a resounding click and then returning to the perch until their beak is full!

Many thanks for your C&Cs on yesterday's upload - always very much appreciated Smile

Tags: Wild Garden Bird Flycatcher Migrant Wildlife and nature Muscicapa striata Spotter

Voters: KBan, andylea, martinjp and 39 more

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
16 Jun 2012 11:22AM
An interesting narrative to accompany your fine shot of the Flycatcher......a busy time for them with many mouths to feed.
She stands out so well with that dark b/g.

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Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
16 Jun 2012 11:28AM
Ditto on Ronnie's comments Sylvia....

lovely shot like it Grin
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
16 Jun 2012 1:26PM
First class capture of the Flycatcher Sylvia. The perch is superb, excellent BG, lovely bright eye on the bird and an informative narrative to boot. What more do we need ???GrinGrinSmileSmileTongueTongue
16 Jun 2012 2:05PM
Beautifully shot again Sylvia. Smile

16 Jun 2012 2:08PM
very nice,
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2012 2:46PM
I have been waiting for these images to appear, especially since your PM of yesterdayWink

Keep 'em coming SylviaSmile

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
16 Jun 2012 3:33PM
A lovely nature shot Sylvia, I like the way she's proudly standing to attention and surveying her surroundings
16 Jun 2012 5:07PM
Oh how I could do with helpful bird subjects like this Sylvia, and what a super result from its helpful behaviour (and your skill too!)

Tom-Melton 10 2 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2012 6:54PM
top notch shot Sylvia
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2012 8:48PM
great eye good b/g and unusual perch all go towards making this image rather special
johnjo58 7 2 5 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2012 9:25PM
Beautiful image Sylvia,
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2012 8:12AM
This is lovely, great comp, perch and bg, cracking detailGrin
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
17 Jun 2012 9:15PM
Looks good against that bg Sylvia - lucky you having them return again.

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