As much as 90 per cent of a Nuthatch's time
in autumn/winter is spent gathering food. And yesterday I witnessed their tireless
gathering of the seeds which was unbelievable non-stop activity.
europaea) got their name from their habit of wedging a seed or nut in a tree
crevice and then hacking at it with their strong bills. They “hatch” the seeds
also under stones, in the ground and under the tree bark. It is believed they can
remember the places where they “store” the food for 30 days. IMHO, they
probably also forget some places and other animals like squirrels have their
feast instead of them. ;)
Do enjoy the images below as I did when
capturing them. It was a good and challenging photo session as these birds are
super agile, swift and unpredictable.
Brakes (his powerful legs&claws) do their job efficiently. ;)
Always alert even while gathering the seeds.
(All images above were captured using while testing the Lumix FZ1000 camera.)