As always at this time of year, the blue tits are busy collecting nesting material, with some males collecting insects and bugs to keep feeding the female while she may potentially be incubating a clutch. I always find them surprisingly hard to photograph during these months, as they seem to be constantly hurrying from branch-to-branch at a high pace (especially once they start collecting caterpillars to feed their brood). However, when the light is bright enough and the sun is low, I am able to catch a few pictures at high shutter speed midway through the tits' treetop foraging. This is seen in the last photo, where the bird is moments away from toppling onto the next thin yew branch.
Very happy to have a pair of blackcaps nesting in our garden for the first year since I've lived here. Famously nicknamed 'the northern nightingale', this male has been out-singing any other birds in the garden with its eloquent flute-like song.
While national lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic has brought a stop to much of the country, it hasn't stopped the natural world and the changing of seasons. The days are getting the longer, the weather's getting dryer and the temperature is going up. With the country on lockdown, I am spending all of the Easter at home instead of at my university accommodation. This has given me many more opportunities for wildlife photography, and I have spent the past few evenings trying to shoot the local wildlife during the golden hour. I hope to upload my photos over the next few weeks, the first of which shows a wren hopefully hanging around a compost heap.
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