If you go down to the woods today…

Click on thumbnail to enlarge

…you’re sure to find a reflection hide!

I know, my blogs are like London buses. None for a while and then two at once.

Last weekend I was up in Worcestershire again working on my new winter project with good friend Mark Hancox, more of which in my next blog. My target species is a little (there’s a clue there) bit of a late riser though, so I jumped at the chance in the morning to take up Mark’s kind invitation to allow me to use his woodland hide.

Click on thumbnail to enlarge

I’ll admit right now, I’m rubbish at small birds. I spend half my time faffing around with the composition by which time they’re long gone they’re so quick (and with good reason, more of which later). Mark’s set up is so fantastic though and the variety of species so great that you can’t help but enjoy yourself immensely. It’s a real labour of love and makes for some wonderful photographic opportunities.

Blue tit, Great tit, coal tit, marsh tit and my personal favourite Mr Great Spotted Woodpecker (above). Jays and a muntjac deer also put in brief appearances. What’s that you say? Where are my images of these elusive subjects? Too slow…again!

Click on thumbnail to enlarge

What I was really hoping for was a Sparrowhawk. Mark tells me he has both male and female birds visiting his drinking pool. Alas on the morning in question it wasn’t to be. I got to see one at least. Flying off as I had to leave the hide for my afternoon appointment. He’d been sat in the tree behind the hide all morning I’m guessing, probably taking more than a passing interest in the small birds feeding around the pool.

Click on thumbnail to enlarge

Oh well, next time. Mr Woodpecker more than made up for it. What a cracking bird. Cheers again Mark for being such a generous host!

Click on thumbnail to enlarge

Next time…Owls! I’ve given it away now haven’t I?

This entry was posted in Wild Britain - Autumn. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.