The heading of this post says it all really about the last few weeks.
We continually get wall to wall rain on most days with the odd day when it is only storms.
None of this weather has been conducive to nature photography.
The following images were taken on one morning when the weather eased off and there was no rain for most of the day. (Until late afternoon that is).
The scene below taken with an iPhone shows a field that is common land, but walking in it presented a considerable problem as you can see.
The only birds observed where Blue Tits and Long-tailed Tits.
To shoot some images of them involved looking up high up into tall trees using an 800mm equivalent lens and straining the neck in the process.
The wind was gusting against this Blue Tit as it clung on to the seeds of a Alder tree.
The river below, normally no more than a stream, was at least a foot higher due to the increase in rain water draining off the fields.
This Blue Tit was scratching and pecking away at Lichen looking for insects.
Another river swollen at least by one third.
I could barely see Long-tailed Tits and had to crop the images.
Even the local Robins, apart from this one, were hiding away.
This little fella below ventured out for a while from his Winter Dray to take in the sun.
For many personal reasons 2022 has been a year I would rather forget.
Hopefully it will change in 2023.
Happy New Year to everyone that kindly reads my Blog and looks at my Flickr site.
The photographs are beautiful, and yes the fields are very pond-like in many places!ReplyDelete
Thank you Simon.Delete
And it's raining again this morning as I write this! The birds in your wonderful photos may well be the best I can manage today. Wildlife seems to have been disrupted by the recent weather; I went out on my usual walk around RSPB Fowlmere on Christmas morning and didn't see a Blue Tit! (though I heard a few). And there was not a single bird on the mere when I arrived at the main hide.ReplyDelete
Its quite awful John. I'm surprised about Fowlmere. I have always seem something there in the past.Delete
Hyvää uutta vuotta 2023!ReplyDelete
Hyvää uutta vuotta sinulle ja perheellesi Anne.Delete
Lovely! I always enjoy your little birds. I wish we had as many varieties here in the titmouse family. Both of those are very cute. We've had a lot of rain, too and even snow, last week. Finally got out today for some snow geese photos.ReplyDelete
Thanks Mary. Fortunately we didn't get any snow, although a few snow photos would have been a change.Delete
Tes photos de mésanges bleues sont très belles Roy. La pluie n'est pas notre alliée pour les photos mais en France, il en manque encore !ReplyDelete
Je te souhaite une bonne année et j'espère qu'elle sera meilleure que 2022 alors.
Santé et bonheur.
Bonjour Nath, merci beaucoup pour vos aimables paroles. Passez une excellente année 2023.Delete