Dodging a considerate 4x4 driver and a not so considerate motor-cross biker I found myself with my greyhound searching for some passerines amongst the hedgerows. I was hoping for some early Skylarks staking out breeding spots or perhaps a Yellowhammer or too. Sadly it seems when I ever I do a combination of dog/camera/birds, birds don't seem to stay around too long....wonder why? Bloomin' hound.
Got some Great Tits and wrens etc but not very sharp.
I did hear two Goldcrests and located them flitting around the hedgerow, actively chasing away Robins and Great Tits from a section of the hedgerow about 8 foot in length, very tenacious, given their size (8.5cm/9.5cm in length) it was odd seeing a Robin loosing out on territory to something smaller then itself...perhaps it was the constant high pitched call of the Goldcrest that scared the Robin off. I only managed a few images what with holding my greyhound, hand holding big bertha (500mm lens) and trying to keep the bird in frame and also trying to get a clean shot devoid of branches. The best I managed is below but being a hedgerow there is always a twig or too that compromises the image.
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