Having spent a lot of my spare time digitising my slide archives over the winter the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Inside was rather well timed.
I now have digital copies of most of the nestbox interiors documenting the nesting cycle of various hole nesting species. So here’s the inside of three different nestboxes and three different species using them.
An adult Eurasian Blue Tit feeding young. The adult has an unidentified insect in its bill.
A male House Sparrow feeding young.
Juvenile Great Tits begging for food having just heard an adult land at the nestbox entrance hole. Occasionally the adults will take a break from the constant feeding to feed themselves and do some feather maintenance. As a result, all the young are hungry when feeding resumes.
When I read the prompt for the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Action I had all sorts of ideas for a post.
It took me some time to narrow down the ideas to either different species doing the same activity or to concentrate on one species.
In the end I decided to go with one species engaging in various activities. I picked the humble House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) because it’s one of my most published species and I have lots of photos of them engaged in various activities.
This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Bathrooms/Outhouses.
As is sometimes the case, I took a sideways look at the challenge and thought about bathrooms and outhouses in the natural world.
To a bird, any water is a bathroom, here a male House Sparrow is bathing in a garden pond in Nantwich, Cheshire, England. Bathing is an important part of feather maintenance.
An adult Great Tit removing a fecal sac from a youngster in Hatherton, Cheshire, England. The young produce fecal sacs to allow the adults to remove the droppings and keep the nest clean.
Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the late 1980s.
I was photographing garden birds using a shed as a hide. I had buried an offcut of butyl rubber pond liner in the ground to create a natural looking puddle so the birds could drink and bath in the water.
I spotted this pair of House Sparrows mating in the hedge and swung the camera around to get shots of the behaviour. The photo was published in BBC Wildlife magazine some time later.