The Smallest Bird in the UK Part Two

I have spent many hours trying to film the little Goldcrest, a very small bird that never keeps still.

When I arrived at Goodenbergh Country Holiday Park I was very surprised to see the bird on my first week back in 2014.

It is a very hard bird to photograph due to being so small, and it has a habit of moving very quickly in and out of the branches.

Goldcrest Canon 7D mk 2 100-400 mk2

What a little beauty.

They sometimes get mistaken for the Fire Crest – this is a similar bird and the same size, but has more of an orange crest, hence the name.

I have never seen one, so this was the closest I got to the Goldcrest until one afternoon in 2018.

I was busy carving under the silver birch trees next to our van. I heard the sound of the Goldcrest ringing out but together with a smaller song that I had never heard before.

Keeping a look out, the sound got closer. Looking round over my shoulder I spotted two young Goldcrest in the small branches.

Moving very quickly, they were joined by a few more; then the adults appeared and they moved up into the higher branches.

Ruth was there like a shot with my camera.

This was a special time seeing the young that numbered about eight.

I finally found them in a pine tree sitting on a branch, but there were only four so I moved into position and captured as many images as possible.

Where is Mum?

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I am 63 years old and and since a boy have had an interest in wildlife and in particular birds. I help my Dad with the rearing of young finches and other birds. I had many small birds as pets and as i got older and joined the Military i purchsed my first Camera, and fold out Kodak. Over a 22 year period i enjoyed many countries outside the uk and observed many species of birds. When i left the military in 2000, i bought my first digital camera a Canon 450D with a Tamron 70-300 and started my journey on capturing images of birds and animals. I quickly learned that there was a lot more to getting a good image of a bird, so i started to research the best settings for my camera in order to capture a better image. Over a 12 month period i realised that needed to invest in a better camera and lens and after research bought a Canon 50D and a 100-400 Lens. It was 2013 when i really got to grips with the setup and came across a lovely Short Eared Owl. From that meeting i started to concentrate on Owls as they fasinated me. From Canon to Olympus i recently jumped ship again to Sony. The variety of birds i have captured over a 10 year period is vast and at present i have a wildlife hide in lancashire where most of my images are captured.

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