I've just spent a fantastic weekend in the New Forest as part of a guided bird and wildlife weekend. I didn't think anything could compare bird wise to Norfolk, but I was so so wrong. This place just hits all the spots, and in spades.
I think a lot has to do with visiting the right places (as is always the case) and this is where I landed on my feet, with an expert guide in trees, birds, plants, insects and much much more. John's knowledge was at times breathtaking. It made finding things a lot easier and not just that, identifying them too.
One of my many lifers on this trip was the usually elusive Firecrest. A tiny bird similar to the Goldcrest, but in my opinion, much better. It was quite bizarre, by the end of the day I was a bit blasé about them. There were that many about. Oh look, there's another one.
Take a look at this little beauty.
This is a beautiful bird !!ReplyDelete
Great shots !!
What a beautiful little bird, awesome photos.. Your guided tour sounds great! Have a happy day and week ahead!ReplyDelete
Oh how beautiful!ReplyDelete
oh wow they have such pretty colours on them :-)ReplyDelete
Definitely a little beauty - and your photos are great.ReplyDelete
Little beauty is right. Local knowledge is everything.ReplyDelete
The tour must have been amazing - and wonderful captures of the Firecrest.,ReplyDelete
Such a gorgeous little fellow - I love it!ReplyDelete
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Pretty little one. How fun to have a guided tour- nothing like that around here.ReplyDelete
Amazing!!! It's a beautiful bird!!!ReplyDelete
Beautiful busy bird.ReplyDelete
Well, I can see why it's called a Firecrest!!ReplyDelete
Stunning photos of an insight into their daily life #AnimalTalesReplyDelete
Such a pretty bird...and great photos, too!ReplyDelete
Oh isn't is beautiful and the weekend sounds like something I would love to go on.ReplyDelete
Nice shots of the bird in action.ReplyDelete
Great bird captures. - MargyReplyDelete
Yes Adam, a Firecrest is so much unlike a Goldest it's hard to believe they are closely related. Nice work with the camera. I couldn't get to grips with any Firecrests in Menorca either although they breed there.ReplyDelete
very pretty striped head!ReplyDelete
Beautiful captures, you must have been so still to get such detail and variety. I never have the chance to be still for long enough with two children around-I might get the odd Robin! One day, when they're both in school I might grab a moment to actually go out on my own :)ReplyDelete
What a little miracle that bird is! Can't imagine seeing so many that they become ordinary. But boy would I love to have the chance. Great birding place obviously.ReplyDelete
I'm glad you had good birding Adam and this bird is very handsome...It is so hard to get good photos of the every moving bird...MichelleReplyDelete
I doubt I would be tired of them. They are so quick and hard to catch. Besides, I´ve never seen any. Only the Goldcrest :)ReplyDelete
He looks very similar to our white cheeked honeyeater that we get in our garden, I love his fancy head feathers.ReplyDelete
Your fieldcrest is exquisite! A very pretty little bird...and I am glad you saw so many and that this was a lifer for you!ReplyDelete
Ooooh - I'm jealous. I have seen Goldcrests but never Firecrests. Oh well, I shall have to make do with your beautiful photographs instead. Thank you so much for adding this lovely little bird to #AnimalTalesReplyDelete
You were so fortunate to see so many and get these great shots of the Firecrest.ReplyDelete
Great capture. I don't think I've ever seen firecrests.ReplyDelete
It's a gorgeous little bird. Sounds like you had a great weekend.ReplyDelete
I love the New Forest and these are some lovely photos :)ReplyDelete
the firecrest is beautiful, lovely photosReplyDelete
What a good catch. And such pretty pine photos.ReplyDelete
What a gorgeous little bird! Great shots, Adam.ReplyDelete
Beautiful shots! Gorgeous plumage and wonderful backdrops.ReplyDelete
What a sweet little beauty~ReplyDelete
I should love to see a Firecrest. Have seen wonderful Goldcrests at Minsmere.ReplyDelete