I had a trip to The Forest of Dean today which gets me away from the Christmas over indulgence. It was great to catch up with a forest specialist the Common Crossbill. Their bills have evolved in a particular unique way which enables them to extract pine code seeds.
Its is really amazing how things change over time in nature. Peregrine Falcons were really rare in the UK in my youth and you would hardly ever get the exciting opportunity to see one. Now not only have they dramatically increased in numbers, they are now adopting to urban life. Most of the local towns and cities now have a pair on the high buildings. This gives another welcome photo opportunity!
These birds were so rare and in my younger days you had to travel to Mid-Wales to see them. They are now our commonest raptor in the UK but I don't think I will ever take them for granted, and always get a few images when they are in range.
Sometimes you can spend time at a reserve but quite often you can get reasonable images in the car park on the way out. Pied Wagtail on the roof of Slimbridge WWT toilet block. I just like the colours.
It is always exciting to get a new bird photographically. This really is a small wader but I was really pleased to get some images of it. It would come toward the hide and then get chased off by other birds. At last I managed to snatch a few images.