Monday, 4 May 2015

Sylvia Songster.



Almost every woodland I stroll around at the moment the most prominent migrant songsters are the male Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla). Unlike some other warblers that like to announce their presence from a lofty open perch the Blackcap typically chooses a less obvious position much lower down in the leafy canopy sometimes totally hidden from view.


When I listen to its vocal repertoire I can understand why it is also known as the 'Northern Nightingale'.



Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Great Spotted Woodpecker.


A visit to a friends garden earlier this week provided an opportunity to capture a few images of a male Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopus major).




All images taken 'handheld' through a double glazed window with a 70-300mm lens plus 1.4x  converter.

Linking to Saturday's Critters.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris).


I quite often hear and occasionally see a Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris) during my regular patch walks but the view is usually a brief one as this tiny unobtrusive and well camouflaged species jerkily clambers up a tree trunk or a branch, probing in search of insects, only to perform a disappearing act every so often before reappearing much higher in the canopy.

Many of the mature trees have yet to gain their full green clothes so when an opportunity presented itself a few days ago I grasped the moment, pointed the lens, and hoped for a decent outcome! Fortunately it stopped very briefly before disappearing off to another more favourable feeding location but I was reasonably happy with the outcome.  FAB.

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

First Blue of the Year.


An infrequent garden visitor is the Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus) so when this female was found resting on a rose leaf I took the opportunity to gather a few images.



Friday, 27 March 2015

Robin (Erithacus rubecula).


ISO 640; f/9; 1/400 @ 300mm cropped.
 Mr. Robin ... my resident garden companion.

ISO 800; f/8; 1/200 @ 300mm cropped.
Linking to Camera Critters and Saturday's Critters.