Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Essence of Goldcrest
























We spotted this little goldcrest feeding in the gorse bushes today, when we were out walking in the Tyne valley near Corbridge on a bitterly cold morning. It allowed me to get quite close but turned out to be difficult to photograph because it flitted from branch to branch so fast and I was shivering in the cold. Image stabilisation systems are all very well for damping down the shivers, but they can't cope with a hyperactive goldcrest in shadow at close range. This picture isn't really sharp, though it shows the golden crest quite nicely ...


..... and this one shows the bird well lit on the only occasion when it ventured into sunlight, but the autofocus was confused by the tangle of twigs ....
























...... and this one is reasonably sharp but the lighting is dull and the golden crest isn't very evident. So all things considered, the image I liked best ......
























... was this one, which to me is essence of goldcrest: never still for a moment. 


Keith (of Holdingmoments) has a great quote on his web page: "Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts". 


I'll drink to that .....

6 comments:

  1. You did well to get any kind of image I think. I do like the last picture.

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    1. Delightful little birds with a call like a sqeaky spinning wheel...

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  2. Well done Phil. They are certainly hard to keep up with! That last image is just magic!!

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    1. There ought to be a whirring sound effect to go with it Richard. All good wishes, Phil

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  3. Cheers Phil lol

    They certainly are a nightmare to capture. You did well there. Lovely little birds.

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    1. One of my favourite species Keith..amazingly tame in hard weather too ..

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