HappySnapper

HappySnapper

Posted on 03/14/2016


Photo taken on March 14, 2016

1/500 f/11.0 52.0 mm ISO 800

Canon EOS 600D

EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS



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Sad story

Sad story
Amazing struggle to survive, this bird is missing one leg completely and the other appears to be only a claw, I do not know how it came to be like this. It sits on our fence using its wings for balance and feeds from the feeders much like a humming bird would. The energy he uses just to stay upright must out weigh the value he gets from food, I don't know if it managed to eat the nut he has just selected as normally a tit would stand on it while pecking away. I have put some meal worms and crushed nut in the bowl for nourishment, but deep down I hope nature does the kindest thing and lets him go.

Pam J, John Lawrence, Perpension, Stormlizard have particularly liked this photo


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Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly)
Nature has a way of compensating but as you say it's sad to see.
2 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Yes a pity but as others say they often survive. It is possible that the bird was tangled in the net of a fat ball and it pecked its self free.
Currently I have many Chaffinches with only 1 and a half legs due to some viral disease. I did not know what caused it until Roy Lowry told me, it does not attack other finches, it is believed that it spreads via the ground.
A few years ago there was a similar disease that made Greenfinches beaks bend and break.
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
Perpension
Perpension
Have to admire his will to carry on!! Nicely captured image Maurice. Best regards, Michael
2 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Maurice... if he has survived this long... it bodes well. He also has a kind human to help... Thankyou
2 years ago.
Roger Bennion
Roger Bennion
Yes, very sad! You have superbly captured its battle to survive, Maurice.
2 years ago.