Tuesday, 23 December 2008


Yesterday was a beautiful day here and I was able to get out for the first time in some while.
I have always wanted to get good shots of Coal Tits and never been successful until yesterday. They never stop still long enough for me, the light has never been right etc. Anyway I was very fortunate yesterday as there was a good number of birds at the High Moor Feeding Station in Wykeham Forest, I was on my own and so I was able to spend a good time photographing them and they will be the subject of my next posting.
On Saturday we had seen a good couple of hundred Fieldfare at the back of Snainton just up the road, looked for them Sunday no where to be seen. I was tempted to go back yesterday but I spent so long with the Coal Tits that I thought I had better return home before Sue & Len arrived for Christmas.
How lucky to see a flock of birds in the pasture in front of Bedale Grange Farm, I pulled up on the grass verge and moved over to the passenger seat to view a good number of Fieldfare. They were a bit distant but as good as I have managed to date with my camera lens. They are a favourite bird of mine and I hope to get closer still to them soon. I managed about twenty shots before they flew off to the far side of the pasture.


Lynmiranda said...

Hi Mike :-)

I hope you are well. Lucky to get pictures of Fieldfares, I have never seen one. Happy Christmas to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Hi Mike. Nice Fieldfare shots. They are not easy to get near at the best of times. I have only seen one flock of about 40 so far. They were miles away.

Marcus Conway said...

Never managed to get this close to fieldfares. Top shots. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Mike Randall Bird Photography said...

Thanks for your comments Lyn, Roy & Marcus.
Fieldfares seem quite flighty, I have never got near for hedges and natural obstacles before and hope to get closer one day.
Merry Christmas to you all and your families.

animtreebird said...

Very beautiful birds. Nice photos of them. :)))