Is there room for one more.....?  by Roy  Massicks

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This little Silver Eye is making his approach to the lardball in my garden at Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
I have seen as many as eight at one time hanging off this ball.

Panasonic LUMIX GH2 at 300mm, 1/500, f/5.2, iso1250, manual.
From a single RAW image.

Comments

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksalmost 2 years ago

  • myraj
    myrajalmost 2 years ago

    WOW! fantastic capture Roy.
    Never heard of a ‘lard ball’
    Myra

  • Many thanks Myra both for your great comment and favourite. Andrea actually told us how to make a lard ball and you can do it with variations. 1 to 2 cups lard, chopped bacon rind or bits of sausage, a tab of honey. Melt this in a bowl over hot water and when lard has dissolved add a good handful or two of breadcrumbs. We divide this into two and wrap them in cling film and put in fridge till ready to us. We have to buy a bag of oranges from time to time to get the fine netting. We feed the birds the oranges too.

    – Roy Massicks

  • lynn carter
    lynn carteralmost 2 years ago

    great photography Roy xx

  • Thank you kindly Lynn – appreciate your kind comments.

    – Roy Massicks

  • NikonJohn
    NikonJohnalmost 2 years ago

    Wow excellent timing Roy!

  • Thank you so much John for your great comments.

    – Roy Massicks

  • jainiemac
    jainiemacalmost 2 years ago

  • Thank you so very much Janie – I do appreciate a feature from your group !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randallalmost 2 years ago

    Featured Tuesday 27 November 2012

    Beautiful Work.

  • Many thanks Steve – great to have a another feature from your group !

    – Roy Massicks

  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98almost 2 years ago

    An incredibly beautiful photo Roy with your customary exemplary timing! Now I have to wonder what I’ve been missing this past few weeks!
    Great work old buddy.
    Regards
    Peter

  • Peter – lovely to see you back ! Thank you for your great comments – much appreciated !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekalmost 2 years ago

    Terrific in-flight capture Roy … we put out fat/lard balls year round … usually ready-made but do make my own if I run out … I rather like the recipe you explained to Myra .. will make a note of that one :)

  • Many thanks Susie – I sit waiting to see how many Silver Eyes can be on the ball at one time. Eight is my top count at the moment. You can always add chopped nuts etc to that recipe for a change. The Chaffinches try to hover but they can’t seem to get a grip like the Silver Eyes do !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 2 years ago

  • Thank you Ray.

    – Roy Massicks

  • 242Digital
    242Digitalalmost 2 years ago

    What an amazing capture, full of life, great colours and compo => Faves ;-) – Jeremy

  • Thank you very much Jeremy both for your great comment and favourite. Re composition – see my reply to John44 below.

    – Roy Massicks

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