More Winter, More Visitors

Just when I thought life was beginning to thaw out a little, today the snow started again. Well, to be completely accurate I think it started sometime overnight judging by the fresh covering we had at breakfast. So, another day for indoor pursuits.

Carol is currently tearing her lovely curly locks out trying to set up her brand spanking new Sony Vaio , 4Gb RAM, 500Gb hard drive, Windows 7 laptop. It all seemed to be going swimmingly until she bumped into trying to transfer her iTunes library from the old m/c to the new m/c. Now, as well as outside, the atmosphere in the dining room where she is working has turned distinctly frosty.

I, meanwhile, battle gamely on using my 6-year old Sony Vaio, 1Gb RAM, 120 GB hard drive, Windows XP desktop. Given the atmosphere in the dining room, I am less than anxious to embark upon an attempted upgrade. Having recently changed our Web site design, today I used today to upgrade (and fix – it was broken on the latest releases) my Jalbum skin used to generate our Web photo album pages. I’m finally on the latest release of Jalbum – excellent! Old programmers never die … but their machines might.

Since the snow was falling yet again, all the poor feathered Hungry Horaces in our garden were going absolutely ballistic consuming vast quantities of sunflower seeds and peanuts. For a little light relief between programming activities, I set two cameras up on two tripods and played peeping Tom at the Horaces through our kitchen window. In addition to the usual suspects of Great Tits, Blue Tits and Coal Tits, the Bullfinches were back together with the occasional Nuthatch. Nuthatches are beautiful but a little weird in that they nearly always feed head-down. Another rare visitor in the shape of a Goldfinch also turned up for the seed harvest. I really do need a better lens for this kind of stuff but here’s a selection of what I managed.

Nuthatch in its classic inverted feeding position Goldfinch Great Tit Bullfinch (male)

At this rate I’m going to have to start a garden birds catalogue – and maybe buy an expensive Canon 100-400mm IS lens plus doubler. :))

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2 comments on “More Winter, More Visitors
  1. Surely that lens would need a Canon 50D to go with it?

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