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Twice today I was reminded of the value of standing still. There were a few spits of rain, so I pushed back against some low trees for shelter while I kept on watching a small flock of birds feeding in the bushes opposite.

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As I was partly camouflaged and was keeping very still, the birds – the Long-tailed tits in my photos, plus Great and Blue tits, several Willow warblers, and a couple of Robins – mostly ignored me and came relatively close to where I was standing.

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My stillness was rewarded with some reasonable photos, for a change, and with the joy of being close to these little cuties.

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