Sometimes when you have a plan things don’t always play the game as it transpired a few weeks back. The idea, on a nice work free day, was to try and get some images of bird life with a touch of autumn colour. With this thought in mind I visited Ormesby Broad which has an excellent path through woodland to the water’s edge. It was looking good when I arrived, warm, still, a nice bit of sun and I could hear and see flocks of birds moving around. Then a bank of cloud moved in and the birds went and played hide & seek.
With the light gone it was difficult to get any half decent shots. The cropped image of the Wren really highlights the background noise of using high iso.
The Wren is a tiny bird with a very big voice. It can be found in all types of habitat and is surprisingly the UK’s commonest breeding bird with over 8.5 million territories. I say surprising because you never see them in flocks, usually on their own, hence the Latin name Troglodyte which means hermit or cave dweller. In winter they will gather together to roost communally in tree holes etc.
The only other small bird I managed to photograph was the Marsh Tit. The image would be ok if it wasn’t for those bright, out of focus leaves on the left. Sometimes you have to take what you can get, and it is sort of autumnal. As my teacher would have marked at the bottom of my school report ‘Must try harder’!