In winter time many tits seek food in the reed bed. Especially blue tits can be found peeling off the outer layers of the reed straw as it looks for wintering insects.
Normally, photos of bearded reedlings are of males with impressive mustaches. This is the more discreetly colored female in the species favourite habitat.
Finding the best food source is all about knowing your surroundings. This great tit might be young, but it already learned the essentials for survival.
Rose hip on the menu
October in Ottenby, always plenty of birds that try to fatten up before continuing the migration or just to survive the cold nights. Here, a blue tit takes the opportunity munching rose hip
I see you!
A bearded reedling keeping an eye out for photographers
Male bearded reedling in its natural habitat
This male bearded reedling started posing just after sunset
Home sweet home
Probably a very cosy home for a nuthatch
A flock of siskin visiting the bird feed at Hjälstaviken. This is one of them making a short stop to see if all is clear before going for the food.
The feeding station at Hjälstaviken is always frequented by small birds, especially tits. A stopover is often required just before the feeders to be sure to find a vacant spot. This blue tit thankfully landed on a sunlit part of the branch before quickly moving on to the sunflower seeds.
Early morning nuthatch
The hide for passerines in Villanueva del Fresno was called 'The hide of the nuthatch'. And it was indeed often visited by nuthatches that offered photo opportunities in exchange fot food and water.
A stop in the morning sun
The great tit makes a short stop before heading down to the water to dtink.
Who are you?
Cautiously the great tit goes down to the water to drink. Maybe it is the reflection that is seen as a contender?
Breakfeast with a seaside view
A nuthatch by the passerine hide in Villanueva del Fresno, Extremadura.
After eating the food for quite a while, finally a great tit decided to drink. The reflection in the calm water became sharp and the morning light filtered through the foliage gave the scene a warm light.
The blue tit checks for threats before heading down to drink or eat.
Maybe the nuthatch can hear the cameras in the hide? Something caused it to take a long look in our direction before it dared to move on.
The nuthatch is reflected in the water as it picks up one of the seeds used to lure it to the hide.
Drinking blue tit
That there were places that were more suitable for reaching the water didn't matter to this blue tit. If you're thirsty then it's the shortest way to go!
Both the young blue tit and its reflection kept an eye on the photographers hide before moving down to drink.
Great tit heading for a drink.
Young blue tit with reflection
Blue tit with colorful surroundings.
On collision course!
Blue tit on the way to the water to drink.
Blue tit with reflection in the golden water mirror.
Beared reedling at Hjälstaviken.
Backlit bearded reedling photographed just before sunset.
The bearded reedling was a bit too heavy for this reed straw. But with a tight grip it worked out alright.
A male bearded reedling, eagerly feeding. For a short moment it appeared without any disturbing reed straws blocking the view.