Wednesday, 6 August 2014
Whenever I've joined in with Zoom In ¦ Zoom Out [a photography/storytelling meme created by Helena] in the past I've always done as the title suggested; zoomed right in on the focal point of the story, then zoomed out to explain the wider context. But today I'm swapping that around ...
Zooming Out ...
Yesterday I needed to use the printer so came downstairs from my workroom, turned it on and, while waiting for it to leap into life I looked out of the window into the garden. So far, so mundane. I know.
But at that very moment, completely at the whim of serendipity this just happened to be what was waiting for me on our decking:
No? OK then ... how about now?
Zooming In ...
Mostly cute, partly prehistoric-looking and entirely unexpected this freshly fledged Dunnock chick was a sight to behold!
I first realised we had a nest - which is at the bottom of our garden, wedged between the fence and a clematis and right near the hook where I clip my retractable washing line - when a bird shot out of the undergrowth every time I put the line up! Not that I knew for sure there were eggs inside ... I was always taught that you don't touch nests ... so I didn't!
Then, one day, about a fortnight ago, when James put his hand in to clip the hook up ... three beaks emerged over the top of the nest and ever since then it's been a little like Springwatch here!
After watching, and identifying the adult birds as Dunnocks we read up about them and their habits etc including how long they take to fledge. But I never expected to see it happening!
Only the day before I took these photos this chick, and its 2 siblings, had been still happily sitting in their nest. Then suddenly - right when I needed to use the printer - there it was, on my decking!
I watched for a while as its mother hopped around nearby trying to get it to follow her around the plant pots and into safety, tempting it with the food in her beak and her repeated tweeting but then ... I continued on with my day. And so did they.
And now ... they've all gone; flown the nest.
But at least I got a farewell photo!
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Posted by Julie Kirk at 09:02