Nature

By Sophie Norris


This is the moment a blue tit was spotted using a make-shift rowing machine – using trapped dog hair to create its own gym to do sit-ups.

Christine Stafford, 54, was gazing out of her kitchen window when she spotted the bright-blue bird hanging onto the fence and pulling with all its might to release some long strands of dog hair.

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The hilarious images show the determined bird hanging upside down and using its tiny beak to pull on the hair while stretching backwards, as if doing a work-out.

Christine, from Corby, North Hamptonshire, said: “As I was sat watching out of the window, the blue tit was doing sit-ups about eight feet away.

“I’d actually been watching the birds in the garden getting ready for spring because I’m into wildlife.

“It was just sat on the fence doing sit-ups and tugging at Max’s fur which was stuck in the wood.

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“I thought I’d get my camera to quickly take a picture but I hadn’t expected it to still be there when I got back.

“If I’d have gone outside it’d have flown off, so I just stayed inside and got the picture from my kitchen.

“There were two of them, but this one was there on the fence pulling at the hair.

“It was from my dog, Max, a bearded collie. Whenever he went in the garden, it would get stuck in that fence.

“As a puppy Max was really laid back and chilled, but he did enjoy chasing after birds and other wildlife in the garden.

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“I’ve been doing photography for about five years now and it was initially my dogs that drew me into it.

“Blue tits may be quite common, but people should be paying more attention to wildlife in their gardens before it’s all gone.

“I lost both my dogs in the past six months, so I find photography soothing. I just sit and wait for things to come along then take pictures of them.

“I’ll be getting a new dog in six weeks, so I’m sure I’ll be filling up the photo albums with pictures of him among other things.

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“I do enjoy landscape photography too. Sometimes locally but I also travel around a bit.

“To people who are a bit unsure about picking up the camera, I’d say don’t be held back.

“I can sometimes sit for up to four hours waiting for the perfect golden shot.

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“I’ve sat for weeks on end to get the right snap. It’s very satisfying.”