Blackbird, Yellowhammer (and video fox)

More grey skies and poor light, but the birds are becoming active despite the poor weather and none more so than the local blackbirds. This female was the highlight of an admittedly poor morning at the pond. But she was worth a couple of photos.

Female blackbird

Female blackbird

At lunchtime I went back through the woods. No buzzard today (but I am hopeful of more sightings). I did, however, photograph one of the recent storm casualties. There are several tree in this condition, and a large number of broken boughs.

Fallen tree in Westlain Plantation,

The woods lead out into local farmland, and (suitably booted) I ventured out across the fields. I could see pigeons in the distance, and crows and a good-sized and highly mobile flock of yellowhammers. With more time I might have managed something slightly better than this.


Yesterday I mentioned that I’d set the trail camera to video. Here’s the first clip of the year. Pretty is out with another (male) fox. It’s raining (when isn’t it at the moment?).

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens.

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  1. Darko February 20, 2014 at 2:07 am #

    Grey blackbirds 😀 Oh, well 😆

    On the other hand, now I know that e-mail notifications are back on track again, hopefully to stay this time :up:

    • Words February 20, 2014 at 11:06 pm #

      Darko, grey? She’s supposed to be brown 🙂

      Let me know if you have any problems with the email notifications. It’s all pretty much a work in progress.

  2. Darko February 21, 2014 at 4:44 am #


    Must be my laptop monitor 😀

    Ok, so far it works :up:

    • Words February 21, 2014 at 11:46 pm #

      Darko, your monitor must be way out 🙁 Glad the email is working (even if the system can’t process :up: smileys. But it can do this 😎