What a weekend – Goldcrest close-ups

We have had a fair amount of snow over the last few days and I have made sure that the bird feeders have had plenty of Sunflower hearts in them and the fat ball hanger always had something for the birds to go at.

We still have dozens of Siskins and a few Bramblings to fight it out with the Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Bluetit, Blackcap(!!) and Coaltit. We also have several Chaffinches with the Blackbirds, Pigeons, Woodpigeouns and Dunnocks on the ground – though the Chaffinches and Blackbirds occasionally try the feeders. And lets not forget the chirpy Robins.

This weekend I put my camera out on a tripod and failed miserably to get any automated shots worth keeping. When I went out to get the camera to take photos of the Swan in the front garden I was amazed to see a Goldcrest. I had seen one fleetingly in the Cypress in the neighbours front garden but here it was just in front of me in the tree next to the feeders.

At this stage I had the wrong lens on the camera so I tried a couple of shots and then went to get the longer lens that I had just put back in the kitchen. I did not expect to see it again but there it was. Almost close enough to touch, and so small.

These are just 2 of the shots. Feel free to click on the image and go to flickr to see the others.

Goldcrest in our garden

Goldcrest in our garden

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