At about six o’clock today in the evening I was at the porch with my camera and the 200-400mm lens + 1,7x teleconverter. A red squirrel was around in the trees and it had been raining for some minutes. Suddenly I heard a bird screaming and I caught a short glimpse of a small bird being chased by a bigger one. A split second later the small one flew straight into one of the big windows on the porch with a loud noise and fell to the floor just a meter away from me. The bird was a Eurasian Siskin and was laying lifeless there. I feared the worst and stood only looking for a while. Suddenly she started to move, but just ending up in an even more ackward position with the head and one wing in a very unnatural pose. I thought, that was that, now this life has ended. But after a while she started to move again and trying to raise her head she came into an even stranger position with eyes closed. And what happend next was really a magic moment to experience. The head was lifted even higher and suddenly the most beautiful tune I have ever heard came from the bird. It lasted for several seconds and was very faint, but being on my knees and thus very close to the bird I could clearly hear it. It stopped, and the bird was not moving at all. I thought that was the last ‘song’ from this one. But believe it or not, suddenly the the tune startet to sound again! It lasted even longer this time. And when it stopped – to my big superise – the bird shook itself a couple of times, opened the one eye I could see and the head went into a normal position!
Since she was laying in the water on the porch I then gave her a little help and moved her gently to a drier place, but she did not want to leave my hands, though. and she did not seem to be afraid of me at all. I found no broken wing or legs so I got a hope that she was safe and sound and only a little shocked. After about ten minutes of small talk and a few photos she suddenly flew away without problems and saying no goodbye – and left me very happy and another Magic Moment richer…
Here she has just come back to life with legs and wings in disorder.
Looking better here.
Both photos taken with the equipment mentioned above at ISO 3200 and f/8.