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With winter approaching, my husband thought it might be time to set up the bird house; he put plenty of branches round the stand for them to sit and for us to take nice photos.

Joy inspected his work,

sniffed where the birds sat and wondered where they have gone! This was on the first day; three days later (as seen in the first photo) the birds did not mind Joy or us anymore and Joy observed to her hearts content.

He also put branches on seperate poles, because birds like to have a place where they can flee to safety; these poles or safety branches have to be no further away than two meters (just in case you want to attract them to your own garden) - and within only a few hours our garden now looks like an outdoors aviary with about a dozen jewels buzzing about.

While taking the photos, Joy had to stay indoors and watch TV.

On Saturday, the sun was out for a few hours and I could just take some first shots of a great tit in beautiful light.

And then it disappeard - the sun not the bird!

The halo behind this blue tit is no photoshop correction but sadly the pole of our garden fence in the background - next time I'll shift over!

I don't think, I have to further introduce the robin.

The photos were stil taken through the window with hight ISO and no flash. We have many rainy days ahead of us now to think about a way to build a camouflage tent or something alike. However, with the nasty cold, I had last week, I did not mind staying indoors and just watching 'TV'.

All photos © Cornelia Hahn (www.playativity.com) - last photo courtesy of my husband.

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Comment by Laura Kolbach on November 22, 2010 at 3:26pm
suuuuuuuuuuuperschöne bilder, Cornelia!
Comment by Agnieszka Rola on November 22, 2010 at 3:47pm
just wonderful! we also have bird house in our garden in the forest but our most frequent guest is eurasian nuthatch, Conner loves to watch them climbing down trees, me too :) unfortunately I don't have photos as they are extremely fast... or I just don't have a camera good enough ;)
Comment by Myra Thomas-Rhodes on November 22, 2010 at 3:57pm
Absolutely superb, Cornelia! Tremendous shots - but then look at your lens!!! Many thanks - loved it all.
Comment by Astrid Landsaat on November 22, 2010 at 5:37pm
Great shots, Cornelia! I love the blue tit.
Comment by Peter Hennig on November 23, 2010 at 3:06am
beautiful little birds very striking
Comment by Robert Krajnc on November 23, 2010 at 5:01am
Nice photos and a great lens. You should open the window to get the best quality and stay early to get the best light. Maybe consider using a reflectors (those gold or silver for portraits) and remote flashes since you have a set up in your garden. This is excelent idea. Looking forward to new attempts!
Comment by Barbara on November 23, 2010 at 5:59am
Wunderschön Cornelia!!!
Comment by Esther Siegrist on November 23, 2010 at 7:02am
die Bilder sind fantastisch, Cornelia!
und was für ein amüsantes Setter- TV !! :-)
Comment by Anna Kazimierowicz on November 23, 2010 at 1:13pm
Wonderful blog and photos, Cornelia:-) The robin is fantastic!
I planted close to the walls of my apartment pretty high bushes to see their branches through the windows. I like very much when branches hit the panes. And now different birds look into my windows. Lot of tits now:-)
Comment by lyn hathaway on November 23, 2010 at 1:55pm
such lovely photographs cornelia and joy looks as though shes enjoying watching them too


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