Friday, December 24, 2010

Let it Snow, Let it Snow

With the UK gripped in a prolonged blast from the Arctic, where I live has managed to remain fairly free of snow. That was until I tried to get home from my work Christmas party last Friday and 6 inches fell very quickly and hampered my already slightly 'wobbly' journey home. Having given over the next day to the inevitable heavy head, I was out bright and early on the following morning layered up with thermals and with the car thermometer reading -10 degrees C. While we are in this lengthy cold spell can I urge people to help out their local wildlife with some supplementary food and particularly water. Even if it is just a couple of bird feeders in the garden or some apples thrown on the lawn for the winter thrushes.

A layer of snow generates some incredible light with its glowing reflection lighting up the underside of the birds and animals. I decided to head to my local woods where some action would be guaranteed and ended up laying on the ground next to a fallen tree. However, I stopped off by the coast on route to photograph some Black-headed Gulls, a real camera exposure headache.

I also managed to locate amongst the flock, a Mediterranean Gull which was even more difficult to spot than usual with the white conditions.

On arrival at the woods, typically the first bird to come and investigate was a robin.

The other bird species were a little slow in coming forth that morning but gradually numbers increased. Magpies were the first to investigate the free food supply and bickered amongst themselves.

They were eventually joined by a small flock of Stock Dove and Wood Pigeon, although these maintained some distance from the Magpie mayhem.

With various parts of my anatomy going increasing numb in the bitter cold I decided it was time to finish off the session with a few Grey Squirrels. They seemed to be very appreciative of the free food supply.

I will finish this post with some season greetings by warmly wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy 2011.


Talibra said...

Beautiful series, congratulations.

Merry Christmas!
Wesołych Świąt!

The Early Birder said...

Superb wintery images Rich.

Merry Christmas to you and the family. FAB.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

You have just made my day with the brilliant display of images and oh they are all delightful as well. ;))) Love them and may you also enjoy a very Merry Christmas season and a Happy New Year

holdingmoments said...

Excellent series Richard, and well worth braving the cold for.

Wishing you and your family a great Christmas.

John S. Mead said...

Great work. Just found you through All Photos and I'm very impressed! Your bird work illustrates a knowledge of both the birds and photography. KUDOS!

Happy New Year!

Rich Steel said...

Thanks for the replies. Hope you all have a great Christmas.




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