An incredibly frustrating set of encounters, the bird was singing at one point, and had made a fleeting visit to the feeders, but no photo obtained. Two, very photogenic, Goldfinches dropped down, El Gringo joined them, but remained hidden in the shade. Three hours after my initial sighting, I was almost ready to leave for work, when it landed, in full sunlight on the feeders, Bev loading the washing machine between me and the camera! Chaos ensued as I grabbed two shots, through the double glazed backdoor panel, before it spooked and I needed to leave for the afternoon shift. Result and much basking in smug fulfilment - job's a good'n. Not that I knew that until I got back home after my shift. A Sparrowhawk, over, being the only other notable sighting during a rather eventful morning.
|The reason for my adrenaline rush - a male Greenfinch. Sadly showing the tell tale signs of the|
trichinosis infection that has decimated the species over the past decade - his feet ain't good!
|Eyes to the skies - the patch watchers "sea watching" ( as recently defined by Steve Gale and I ain't arguing )|