Happy Fathers’ Day!

This male house sparrow looks rather weary and fed up of his youngster’s constant demands. I’m sure there are many human fathers out there that can sympathise at the moment! — All photographs copyright of Claire Stott/Grey Feather Photography © 2020 http://www.greyfeatherphotography.com If you like what you see, you can follow me on Facebook or Instagram (@greyfeatherphotography) to see…

Bathing birds

The recent weeks have been unusually kind to us in terms of weather, in fact ever since lockdown we have had pretty much consistent sunshine which has made the whole ordeal much more tolerable. I expect we would be feeling much more glum by now if we had been stuck indoors each day! On my…

The secret lives of sparrows

Wednesday 22nd April: Isolation Day 31 During my daily ‘exercise’ (or rather, sitting down with camera poised), my aim over the past week has been to capture the daily antics of a rather overlooked bird, the humble house sparrow. Not spectacularly coloured or great songsters but fascinating in their own right, they have always one…

Rain rain, go away

Winter in Wales brings the inevitable deluge of heavy rain which seems to last for weeks on end…I am rather fed up of the constant damp and drizzle and long for the return of Spring which can’t come soon enough! The birds don’t look too impressed either and I’m sure they would welcome some sunshine…

Opportunists

The humble house sparrow may not be the most glamorous of our garden birds, lacking the showy colours of the blue tit or the twinkling song of the goldfinch, but nevertheless they have a beauty and charm all of their own. Several weeks ago, during a spot of lunch at a peaceful riverside cafe we…

Somebody’s watching me

Despite a glorious blue sky today my morning photography session was pretty unsuccessful, the only share worthy image being this rather charming juvenile house sparrow watching over me from it’s sunny vantage point. — All photographs copyright of Claire Stott/Grey Feather Photography © http://www.greyfeatherphotography.com If you like what you see, you can follow me on Facebook or Instagram…

Among the brambles

Beside the harbour edge, atop a small grassy mound is a dense patch of brambles and bushes, home to a small flock of house sparrows. They can often be heard chirping noisily from within and emerge frequently to forage among the branches and to bathe in the water below. I have tried and failed to…

Sing your heart out

It is that time of year again when the air is filled with birdsong as territories are defended and there are potential mates to impress. Today a male house sparrow was making his presence felt, singing loudly from these railings with his wings lowered and quivering from the effort. The song of the house sparrow…

Birds in blooms

A change of scenery was in order today and what better place to explore than the grounds of Aberystwyth Castle. It’s flower beds are in full bloom this time of year, filled with vibrant colours, buzzing bees and dancing butterflies. Luckily the flowers seem to be thriving despite the relentless sun beating down overhead and…

Feeding frenzy

With the breeding season now well under way the harbour is a hive of activity as many birds gather materials to maintain their nests, and collect food for their chicks concealed within. The house sparrows in particular have been visiting their favourite feeding sites like clockwork, as the parents try to keep up with the…

Juvenile House Sparrow

A combination of the summer warmth and tidal nutrients has caused a greening of the harbour edges. the ground is carpeted in a layer of bright green algae making the rocks slippery and treacherous underfoot. This bloom of vegetation seems very attractive to the house sparrows, with a small flock hopping about foraging for food….

House sparrow in the golden hour

A male house sparrow captured in the warm golden glow shortly before sunset… — All photographs copyright of Claire Stott/Grey Feather Photography © http://www.greyfeatherphotography.com If you like what you see, you can follow me on Facebook or Instagram (@greyfeatherphotography) to see my latest photographs. Hit the little ‘follow’ button on the bottom to subscribe to my blog. Thanks for…