The return of an old friend

Not long after moving to Barwick, 15 odd years ago, we discovered we had a tit visiting the garden that we hadn’t seen before. After many months of watching and photographing and with a little help from visitors to this blog, we finally decided on it’s identity – a Marsh tit.
The simplicity and subtlety of it’s markings, along it’s association with moving here had long made it a special bird for us, so when we noticed no Marsh tits had visited the garden during after last winter we feared the worst – a limited local population that had succumbed to the bad weather, now lost to our garden. It was a special moment therefore when, over a quick cuppa before heading out to start the working week, we spotted the characteristic cap and buff bib flit onto our honeysuckle and visit the feeders – a marsh tit had returned to the garden after a long absence. The photo below is one I took in February 2010, but hopefully I will be back to photographing it regularly if this new visitor decides to set up home in our little patch of the Rib Valley.
Welcome back old friend.

3 Comments

  1. Sounds like tempting fare, what with honeysuckle and feeders. Hope your new visitor becomes a regular.

  2. The Marsh tit was seen again this morning, so hopefully not passing through but staying awhile.

    Love your elephant shots by the way. When I look at your photos I'm reminded of the wonderful light you have and of watching an ostrich pick it's way across a beach near Cape Point. Wonderful memories of my short stay in your part of the world

  3. Mark,
    I love your work!
    I am also a wildlife artist, you might find my work inspirational. Check it out.

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