The Caterpillar Service – Day Four

It’s Day Four of photographing Long-Tailed Bushtits for me. After all, what is there to do when I’ve got no work and no income until October? There’s a common Italian phrase which translates literally as, “There is nothing to do.” It’s a slightly world-weary, even fatalistic, saying, which accepts that certain things are simply too large for one individual to change.

The weather is good and the sunshine bright which makes for potentially good, but also potentially tricky, photographic conditions. If you deal in light you can never have it just right all the time.

How about this for a body shape as one of the family of Long-Tailed Bushtits rises from the nest after delivering provisions? Isn’t it angelic?

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

By shifting my position I can change the background. The sun is quite harsh and a metre to the left and I can get the birds against an almost entirely black background.

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

My camera has fancy programmes galore and yet none of them can cope with these conditions. I switch to entirely manual exposure and give it another go.

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

I like the flight pose with the drooped toes folded back.

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

I can finally understand why Long-Tailed Bushtits fledge so quickly. All these Deliveroo meals of high calorie invertebrates are ideal for maximum growth. These chicks are sitting targets for any predator which notices them. They only have the bramble patch for protection.

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

I hope it’s enough. After all, “There’s nothing to do”.

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