A bird in the hand

Rooks are certainly not the most beautiful of birds. A black angular body and bare, scaly face with sharp beak give them a rather sinister, reptilian appearance. They do also have a unwelcome reputation due to their habit of eating other birds’ eggs and nestlings. Nevertheless I have always found these birds fascinating and charming,…

A very close encounter

The Dunnock, or Hedge Sparrow is not in fact a sparrow at all, as it’s name might mislead you to believe. It is a member of a small family of birds known as the accentors which comprises of just 3 species. The Dunnock is the only species found in the UK and is slightly smaller…

In a summer daze

The humble pigeon is far more intelligent than we might give them credit for. Scientific studies have proved that they have a unique ability to recognise human faces, this combined with a superior long term memory enables them to recognise individual people and subsequently, who is friend or foe. This intelligence is can be demonstrated…

Reflections

‘If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere’ – – Vincent Van Goch With little else to photograph on this particular day I decided to focus on the pigeons who you can always count on to make an appearance. A small puddle was particularly inviting to the birds, and provided an opportunity for…

Troglodytes troglodytes

The European wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) is Britain’s second smallest bird, rivalled only by the goldcrest, and is one of our most common and widespread species. Despite this, the Wren has proved notoriously difficult for me to find and photograph. After numerous failed attempts elsewhere it was pleasant surprise when, a couple of days ago I…

Sighting: Pied Wagtail

After numerous failed attempts today I finally able to get close to the pied wagtails often seen hunting near the water’s edge. The males are particularly striking with their monochrome black and white plumage. The females are a duller, grey colouration. Thankfully the weather has calmed significantly since the chaos of yesterday when we were…

A walk on the wild side

During a brief trip away from home I visited the┬áPeak Wildlife Park, located in the Staffordshire Peak District. This unique little place gives the opportunity for visitors to walk among some of their exhibits (provided they stick to the designated paths) and allows them to get up close and personal to some of the animal…

Two’s company

The european robin is known for being a fairly curious & tame. They are known as ‘gardeners friends’, hovering close by waiting for soil to be disturbed so that they can forage for worms with ease. Some robins can even become so trusting as to feed straight from a person’s hand. Today I had a…

Blue Tits in Gorse

Today I had a rare, right place-right time moment with a couple of delightful blue tits as they foraged in a vibrant gorse bush. I could easily have walked straight past them, mistaking their yellow chests for the yellow gorse flowers if their twittering calls hadn’t revealed their presence. It was tricky to capture these…