Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Woodland Walkabout

Over the past couple of days i've had a bit of a dilema. I have been genuinely tempted to travel the 5 hours to see Cornwall's rare American visitor the Green Heron. I still think this bird will tempt me down there at some stage over the next month (if it hangs around!) but as work ended on Tuesday i had decided that i didn't fancy the drive as well as the money it would cost. So i had my day off free and needed somewhere to go, once again another rare bird was tempting me....this time a Great Grey Shrike in Warwickshire, a bird i've not seen before and only an hour and 20 minutes away, but once again i talked myself out of it, sometimes chasing an odd bird or a rarity really gets me going but maybe after seeing the BBC 4 documentary this week it made me realise that sometimes it's not always about the rare bird and the long drive.

So a decision needed to be made, i woke up at usual time around 7am and had a slow morning getting ready and out which sometimes i just need to do rather than the 5am leave. I decided to head to a local spot based on a reccomendation from fellow wildlife photographer and friend Matt Newman (check out his blog - http://wildlifer84.blogspot.com) and do some woodland photography. With winter drawing ever closer and the warm glow of the morning sun everything was perfect, the woodland birds are now beginning to respond well to being fed as they rely on our food more and the autumnal colours that remain are providing the perfect backdrop. It was a great few hours spent with some of our commonest species but totally enjoyable, here are the results...

Nuthatch




Great Tit


Marsh Tit


Great Tit


Blue Tit


Great Tit


Female Chaffinch


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Coal Tit


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Male Chaffinch


Marsh Tit





Nuthatch

Grey Squirrel

1 comment:

  1. Awesome pictures mate, really shows the colours of autumn and cheers for the shoutout!

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