I was able to spend a few hours in a bird hide at Pikelow recently. This is a great way to observe bird behaviour and get away from it all for a few hours. We had a fine day with short spells of sunlight, making for some pleasing light on the birds at times.
The owner, David, has now built two more hides and put in some pools at Cow Lane and the Summer Hide. Whilst the birds were not as plentiful as we had hoped, blue tits were in abundance. I find blue tits quite difficult to photograph as they seem to fly briefly to a perch before swooping down to take their food…and then dart about quite quickly before flying off with the food to a safe perch a distance away…so I was quite pleased that quite a number of shots were sharp enough this time.
We were also lucky to see quite a few bullfinches and a short glimpse of goldfinches. A few of my favourite shots from the day are below: