Over the last few weeks I have been keeping the feeders stocked up as the temperature starts to drop and the great tits, blue tits and sparrows have begun to return, along with a chaffinch or 2. Hopefully some more interesting birds will appear as the winter progresses.
Last Friday I created a set up to bring the birds in close, near the minimum focusing distance for my 300mm + tele converter combo. As I settled in to get some shots, a greater spotted woodpecker landed on a nearby telegraph pole, before flying into a vertical dead log I put up for bird to sit on.
It was then flushed by something that spooked all the birds, before coming back and hanging around in the nearby trees, but (probably because I was now ready for it!) decided not to come back in.
I’ll be running my photographing garden bird workshop in February using this set up, so if you are interested let me know!