Friday, 22 January 2010
A Welcome Return
It had been another frustrating week when I hadn't got out to do any serious bird photography. The weather was still very cool and it has been depressingly dull and I couldn't work up much enthusiasm for a trip out.
I have managed to photograph some birds today in the back garden two of which haven't been seen for some time and it was good to see them back again. The jay suddenly appeared and I had to quickly put peanuts out for it as they had all been taken by a visiting grey squirrel. My next visitor was a goldcrest, a bird I hadn't seen for a few months and I was sure it had probably fallen victim to the recent wintry weather. Somehow it had managed to survive and it was busily searching for food in one of my conifers.
I have never had much luck photographing goldcrests, they are so active that it is almost impossible to get a decent shot and they always seem to turn up when the light is poor. So it was today when I spotted it, it was extremely gloomy and the few images I did manage are very grainy. However it was heartwarming to see it back in the garden and hopefully it's next visit will be in much more favourable conditions for some better images. My best efforts are shown above.