Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella)


At Mereshead the approach to the first hide is down a widish path. There was a large number of Sparrows, Blackbirds and Yellowhammers. The ligh was great and this particular bird was quite confiding. Canon 40D with Sigma 50 -500mm lens on tripod.


These birds are abundant throughout the uk apart from some highland areas and north western parts of Scotland. Despite holding some 792,000 estimated territories Yellowhammers are red endangered status.


They can be seen all year round. Seed eaters their declining population gives them red list satus, a real worry.


I got loads of shots and a batch where the birds were more distant but with the lichen and berries I think they are very atmospheric.











11 comments:

John said...

Lovely photos Mike! I love Yellowhammers, anyone who says British birds are dull need to look at these! Their song reminds me of my youth and the fact that my Dad whistled it all the time. A much rarer sight and sound now!
J
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Jennifer Tetlow said...

Lovely images - I watch these beautiful birds in the hedgerows here and their song is enchanting - such a plaintive and compelling sound. Little beauties!

Christian said...

Lovely shots of the Yellowhammer, they are such a treat to see.

Dominic Gendron said...

This is a very nice bird, love your shot's ;)

elcamperoinquieto.com said...

really nice bird, I hace seen it a few times only...
Saludos!

Mike Randall Bird Photography said...

Thanks for your comments everyone. Who says British birds are dull, sometimes more subtle, these are beauties.

Roy said...

You have got some great images here Mike, the yellow colour and pattern really stands out.

Mike Randall Bird Photography said...

Thanks Roy

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