Although it was still a struggle.
I've enjoyed walking around the park, camera at the ready, but I haven't really found anything much to photograph apart from the very fat squirrels that rampage around the trees of the old wood like furry vandals. Today was different. There were blackbirds ransacking berries from the bushes, plenty of gulls and magpies overhead, and great tits and robins teased the camera before defiantly deciding they weren't going to be photographed.
The treat, however, was heard before it was seen. I had divested my ears of Nicola Sturgeon on Desert Island Discs and was listening to a scolding robin somewhere in the undergrowth when superimposed was a much higher and persistent little "Siiiii-siii-siii" call coming from somewhere over my head.
At first I thought it was a long tailed tit, but when the culprits flitted into view it was clear that this was not the case. The culprits were a pair of goldcrests, the first I'd seen in a while, doing their hummingbird thing about three metres up.
They are too restless to be an easy target, but I got one good shot of these pretty little birds who charm me with their great fearlessness.
Mission accomplished! I was allowed my cup of tea now.
All images and text copyright CreamCrackeredNature 15.11.15
|Here's a drey. Wonder who lives there?|
|Probably this chap|
|Podgy little thing, isn't he?|
|GOALBALL! As US Soccer Guy on Twitter would say.|
|First winter blackbird??? Looks like a gape there.|
|Lots of berries to feed on!|