142/365 Tree Sparrow


As mentioned in the previous post, Tree Sparrows breed under the tiles in the roof of the visitor centre at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.  This image shows a male with a beak full of spiders and other insects ready to feed those wide open gapes of the hungry chicks.

Tree Sparrow, Passer montanus, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, East Yorkshire, June, 2012.
Canon 1d MkIV with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

141/365 Displaying Tree Sparrow


Around the visitor centre at Bempton Cliffs RSPB is a great place to see Tree Sparrows.  They nest under the tiles in the roof and are often seen squabbling around the bird feeders at the back of the centre.  Here, a male Tree Sparrow is asserting his dominance!

Tree Sparrow, Passer montanus, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, East Yorkshire, June, 2012.
Canon 1d MkIV with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

060/365 Sooty Gull Larus hemprichii


To complete February’s images off, todays image is of a Sooty Gull displaying.  Watching your subjects can often reveal extra action shots that you wouldn’t normally achieve.  Like most gulls when they call, they do something interesting.  Watching this species of gull over a few days, I noticed that whilst calling they would often throw their heads back.  Most of the time they did this out of camera range, but one morning, I managed to get close enough to this individual preening.   It was just a matter of patience and hoping that it would call when it had finished.  I wasn’t dissapointed. 😉

Sooty Gull, Larus hemprichii, Red Sea, Egypt, April, 2009.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens

037/365 White-breasted Woodswallow, Artamus leucorynchus


Following on the Bornean theme, todays image, #037 is of a White-breasted Woodswallow.  Quite a chunky looking bird, when perched and in flight, these birds were seen most days on our trip.  On this particular morning, I had set out to photograph a tern that had frequented a small bay opposite our hotel.  On returning back to the hotel grounds, this bird was displaying this pose, flicking its wings on regular occasions.  Whether it was displaying to the handful of Woodswallows in the sky, or whether it was telling me off, or whether it was doing this as an aggresive pose to alert others of a potential danger, such as a snake, I don’t know. It made for a nice series of images though.

White-breasted Woodswallow, Artamus leucorynchus, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia, April, 2010.
Canon 1d MkIV with Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens.

To see more of my images of this bird please click this link here.