Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Linnet

Walking along a pathway lined on both sides by very high bushes, I could hear a certain bird song coming from the top of the tall bushes which I had not heard for a while. 
This was coming from a small flock of Linnet (Carduelis cannabina). 

As I moved closer they would fly off and perch again further along the pathway. 
I was eventually able to shoot a few record images through the branches.






38 comments:

  1. Lovely little bird - I find them difficult to distinguish from redpolls.

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    1. Thanks Alison, yes they are just as awkward to get a clear image of.{:))

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  2. How lovely to see Roy. I haven't seen one for about eight years and I certainly didn't have time to get a picture of it!

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    1. I haven't seen any for a long time Em, I prefer their summer plumage though.

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  3. they're beautiful Roy; glad you were able to get these shots; I loved the second one

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  4. Your stealth paid off Roy, lovely last image...[;o)

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  5. Not easy to photograph.
    Whenever I see them, they fly lol
    Bravo, great images !!!!
    Bye

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  6. Beautiful. I've never seen one in the flesh before.

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  7. Too sweet. So softly colored. You got some great pics!

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  8. Hi Roy

    I have encountered Linnets in literature, it is nice to put a face to the name.

    Regards
    Guy

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    1. Thanks Guy, yes I don't quite know why they featured so much, maybe the name suits prose.

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  9. Heerlijk om dit te zien,meestal zijn ze al weg voordat ik de camera klaar hebt.

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  10. And patience always wins out. Lovely photos Roy, a sweet little bird.

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  11. This is a new one for me! They look like pleasant fellows.

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    1. They are more coloured in summer Steve, with red blush on the chest and head.

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  12. I don't think I have ever seen one, not to distinguish anyway. And how come your skies are so blue in East Anglia?

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    1. It was a blue all day that day Sweff, quite unusual.

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  13. Hey Roy... I like this little bird , not real showy in color, but nice pattern and for some reason I was draw to the eyes first!!

    Grace

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  14. I haven't seen a linnet for a long time, either. A wonderful sighting and some lovely photos.

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  15. I'm really envious of people who can recognize birds from their calls and songs. I wouldn't change much of my life if I could go back and start again but one thing I would do is to start learning to recognize birds and their songs when I was young.

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    1. I think its a matter of going out and seeing birds regularly and matching the call with the bird.
      Of course it takes a while and I only know certain birds because I have seen them a lot in the past.

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  16. Great shot, I can tell when I hear a bird singing that it might be different , but struggle sometimes to put the name to the bird... The more you go out the more you learn little by little...

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  17. I don't think I will see those before spring, a couple of pairs nest in my garden.
    I'll have to watch out!
    Congrats, Roy!

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  18. Lovely little bird. I too, envy those who recognize the calls of different birds. I know a few really obvious ones, but so many I can't remember.

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    1. I can only remember a few definite ones Mary.{:))

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  19. You had very good weather when you were this linnet photographing. Beautiful bird :-)

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