Fallen leaves

When it comes to the seasons I can never quite decide whether I prefer spring or autumn, however there is something about the cold, crisp air of a sunny autumn morning and the golden hues taking over the natural world which I find particularly appealing. Today a carpet of fallen autumn leaves provided a beautiful…

Bird Behaviour: Food sharing

Many species of bird will share food with each other, a behaviour known as allo-feeding. This most commonly occurs between parents feeding their chicks however it is also seen among adults, particularly during the breeding season and as part of courtship behaviour. But why should a bird waste energy feeding it’s partner who is more…

The thaw

Another winter’s day and another glorious frosty morning! I had hoped to capture some photographs of the birds among the frost, something I have attempted and failed at several times before. Unfortunately, as is often the case in wildlife photography, my plans did not quite work out once again! It wasn’t until the sun was…

Bad feather day

After my failure to capture photographs of the young Jackdaw a few weeks ago, today my luck had turned and I was able to capture some more successful photographs as the corvid family foraged in and around the harbour slipway under the pleasant morning sunshine. The adults were busy searching for their breakfast among the…

Express yourself

Noisy, animated, intelligent and occasionally quarrelsome jackdaws are real characters of the bird world, making their presence felt wherever they go with their distinct ‘chack’ call which cuts through the air.   The Jackdaws’ bright blue eyes are particularly striking and looking into them you really feel as though you are being watched by a…

Why did the Jackdaw cross the road?

To get to the other side of course… There was little around to photograph today, with just one lone Jackdaw making an appearance. The morning was still and quiet, with diffuse light breaking through a thin layer of cloud creating a soft, blue glow over the landscape. From my low vantage point I was able…

Mistaken identity

With their sleek all black feathers, long legs and harsh calls, it is easy to get the larger members of the corvid family (carrion crows, rooks and ravens) confused, but this becomes even more challenging when it comes to their youngsters. Take this individual for instance, photographed on South beach a few days ago. At…

Resourceful Jackdaws

With Spring now well under way the local birds have turned their attention to breeding. Whilst the mallards and swans get amorous down on the water the Jackdaws have been busy collecting stick and twigs with which they will construct a nest. Jackdaw nests are surprisingly large and usually built in tree cavities, on buildings…

Cold feet

With the temperature hovering just a couple of degrees above freezing and clear skies, yesterday we were guaranteed a frosty start. Whilst it wasn’t quite as thick and dazzling a frost as that of a few weeks ago it was nevertheless worth getting up a little earlier with camera in hand. Rather than focus on…