Tits and Finches in an Italian forest

Blue Tits, Cyanistes caeruleus, always cheer me up. Who doesn’t have their spirits lifted when they see a bright, tiny little bird going about its daily business of simply existing?

Blue Tit - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

They are fast moving. I’ve tried some slow motion video of them and I think it’s at about 1/4 speed that they finally have human-paced lives. There’s so much we still don’t know about their lives:

This Marsh Tit, Poecile palustris, looks particularly fine, here at Lago di Alviano.

Marsh Tit - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

I’ve tried taking their portraits before:

There’s a male Chaffinch, Frigilla coelebs, here. That’s a lovely blue and pink colour scheme he has going on there. Chaffinches are a personal favourite of mine.

Chaffinch - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Here’s what looks like a female but there’s that hint of blue on the back of the neck and the hint of pink on the breast. Could it be a young male?

Chaffinch - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

I think I need to improve my immature bird identification skills.

Chaffinch - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Don’t you?

Here are some of my favourite Chaffinch posts:

More Chaffinches

Chaffinch - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the) ‘Pink!’ The nine vocalisation vocabulary of the Chaffinch There's a Chaffinch shouting 'Pink!' at me. That's where finches got their name; from their call of 'Fink' or 'Pink'.… read more
Chaffinch - Stover - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the) Chaffinch warts and dirty bird feeders Feeding birds artificially doesn't just change their behaviour, it changes their lives completely, from the number of eggs they lay,… read more
Chaffinch - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the) Getting close The photographer Robert Capa once said, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” It's something I always… read more
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The Second Ladybird Book of British Birds - Chaffinch The Second Ladybird Book of British Birds #3 – The Chaffinch How are Chaffinches doing 60 years after this Ladybird book? read more
Chaffinch - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the) The high cost of being bright Chaffinches are bright birds, or at least the males are. Their colour comes at a high cost; the cost of… read more
Chaffinch - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the) Chaffinch – surrounded by single Swedish females The scientific name of the Common Chaffinch has been Fringilla coelebs ever since the great Swedish namer and classifier Carl… read more

They are very impressive birds. Tomorrow I hope for brighter weather so I can take some better portraits.

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