Poor weather and Christmas commitments have meant that the camera has not been taken out for its regular walk for a week or so. Instead I have been reviewing my first year of serious bird watching and looking back over some of the pictures I have taken.
I was very clear when I started the year that I was interested in taking pictures of birds and not in twitching or in maintaining tick lists. The twitching I can still do without but the tick list I found impossible to resist.
I have taken pictures of 156 different species this year. I have seen a few more than this but not managed to take pictures of them all. These misses range from the easy, Mute Swan, through to a Hume's Leaf Warbler which I could see but just could not get into the viewfinder. Very frustrating.
So here are a few of the pictures I enjoyed taking this year.
|Kestrel with prey|
|Redwings always manage to look blurred, as in this picture, but it is clear that the berries in front and|
twigs behind are all sharp so this is marking and colouration on the bird.
|A rather washed out looking female Stonechat. She was feeding a nest of young but seemed keen to have |
her picture taken and flew back regularly to show me what she had caught.
And finally I had to include a picture of the Warnham/Adur Osprey. I spent a long time trying to get a picture of this bird until one day it came swimming past pretending to be a duck.
Later on I managed to get a few pictures of it trying to lift a large fish out of the Warnham Mill Pond.
I hope you enjoyed the picture. Good luck with your birding in 2013.