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One of the many joys I had living in the Eden Valley, Cumbria was the variety and amount of wildlife that came to the garden.

You could look out of the window at any time and there was a great chance you would see one of the many types of bird, and even more so on one of the bird feeders.

Goldfinch and Greenfinch
Goldfinch and Greenfinch

And as you can see in this small selection of photos, that variety of birds can be very wide. One minute you have a coal tit taking its turn then the next you have a bigger bird taking over like a blackbird or a beloved pigeon.

coal tit flying
Coal Tit Flying

I wanted to catch them close up when they least expected it and do something different.

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Most bird photography is done at a distance, through a zoom or long lens. In that way you get a lovely close up of the bird but that is it, no context of the surroundings.

Green Finch flying by at sunset
Green Finch flying by at sunset

If you look at these pics you will see that not only do you get the birds close up but you also get the full background behind them.

Plus as a bonus, many of the pics are of the birds in action, be that in flight or taking off. It isn’t so much about pixel count and quality but more about the fun photo and seeing things in a different perspective.

Green Finches with attitude
Green Finches with attitude

How did I do it?

For these garden camera photos I needed to get out my GoPro. This small camera is so versatile and comes in handy for many occasions when a normal camera will not do.

Crow looking at the camera
Crow looking at the camera

People think of the GoPro as an action video camera. But as an action still photo camera I find it incredible too.

I attach it to the bird feeder using a gorilla tripod and make sure it is secure. Then I change the settings to ‘timelapse’.

blackbird staring at the camera
Blackbird staring at the camera

You can then set the camera to take a photo at the desired interval you want. I find it depends on how busy the bird feeder is.

When really busy then set to take a photo every second. Yes, that is 60 photos per minute and you end up looking through a whole lot of photos at the end, but this way you have more chance of ending up with that photo with perfect timing.

great tit in flight
Great Tit in flight
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You may find that at first the birds are wary of a square bit of new plastic by their source of food. A big tip is to leave the camera turned off and in place for a day or 2 so that to the birds get used to it and it becomes part of the garden furniture to them.

Chaffinch in flight
Chaffinch in flight

Types of Birds

The Eden Valley, Cumbria is a wonder for all kinds of wildlife and nature. Wild flowers adorn the whole valley from wild orchids to wild flowers a plenty.

But as you can see here in just a few sessions on the garden camera there are a whole lot of bird varieties.

nuthatch and goldfinch

Gold finches coming en masse. Large birds like the spotted woodpecker, blackbird or thrush.

Thrush on the garden camera

A whole lot of tit types too. From Great Tits to Blue Tits.

Great Tit incoming
Great Tit incoming

Green finches are always a lovely sight, seemingly coming in groups as if to disturb the neighbourhood.

Rarer seen birds like the nuthatch love the area as well as of course the more common sparrows.

birds fighting over the bird feeder

The list of course does not stop there, but maybe I could get a part 2 underway at some point. Can easily be done here.

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Not Just Birds

You may have seen my other article showing how I use the GoPro to capture all kinds of animals on my travels and walks. It is such a small camera it is easy to carry around in my pocket.

Plus, the cameras in the garden capture more than just birds. Look around carefully and you may see a vole or mouse coming for some leftovers under the birdfeeder.

Or a daft red squirrel.

Red Squirrel doing gymnastics
Red Squirrel doing gymnastics


It is always a joy to take a moment to enjoy the wildlife around us. Sometimes it just takes a little patience to see more of it in all its glory.

The varieties, the colours, the attitudes. Creatures to admire and enjoy.

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