April 4-10 2016 The Wye Valley Brockweir. Gloucestershire UK.
The blackbird is probably along with the blue tit the commonest of British garden birds.
Springtime birdsong in the UK is reckoned to be the loudest anywhere. The first song would wake me up at 5.30 a.m and would continue way past sunset with the blackbird still singing at night. No need for an alarm clock.
|This robin began to make a nest in a stone wall just outside my bedroom window.|
I watched this robin everyday of my brief stay. It would come every 10 minutes or so with various items for the nest. It was very aware of my presence and would wait until I retreated into the house before re-entering the small crevice in the wall where it was building a nest. This image was shot through a small crack in the front door.
Shot from the car window this siskin appears more vivid than its North American cousin.
|The Forest of Dean|
This mixed forest is a wonderful place to photograph forest birds in the springtime. The romans mined the area, the kings of England hunted here and millions visit the area every year.
|A view of the River Wye from Yat Rock. |
Atlantic salmon migrate annually to spawn and unlike their Pacific cousins return to ocean to grow and repeat the process.
"It's never too late to start birding"