Tony McLean's East Yorkshire Wildlife Diary

Wildlife photography in East Yorkshire

Long-tailed Tit


A quiet Saturday morning at Tophill Low. The weather has become much colder of late and arriving at North Marsh Hide just before dawn required some effort and warm clothes. Nothing very spectacular to report; the local Kingfishers were unfortunately absent during the morning. A Great Spotted Woodpecker was quite active (and vocal) and a Stoat provided some welcome entertainment too. I managed to get a few photos of this fast moving mammal but it’s face was obscured by some grasses—shame.

A flock of restless Long-tailed Tits moved from tree to tree and I managed to get some good shots of this very attractive bird. There is some debate over the classification of the Long-tailed Tit. According to my reference book (Collins Bird Guide 2nd Edition) the L.T.T. is not closely related to the ‘true’ Tits.

My goal is always to present a bird or animal in the most attractive format and I had to do a little work in Photoshop in order to achieve this objective. You can see from the original image below, that I have cropped and rotated the image in order to obtain a more pleasing perspective. I also removed the small branch that obscured part of its long tail—Photoshop’s new content aware cloning tool was very useful here. I wish the catch-light in the bird’s eye was more prominent but at least the detail is all there.

Pity about the stoat image. Its pose was very attractive but even Photoshop can only do so much…



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