Friday, 1 January 2010

New Year Nuthatch

After a few cold, grey days, 2010 dawned bright and sunny. Still very cold, though, with the lightest dusting of snow. I decided to take a wander to my local nature reserve. It was a good morning for wildlife - my first spot of the new year was a beautiful urban fox walking jauntily along the road - mocking me for not having my camera out of my bag! That pretty much set the tone for the walk. Lots to see - long-tailed tits, goldfinches, greater-spotted woodpeckers - but mostly gone by the time my camera was brought to bear. My first photo of the year is a vacant twig - occupied by a long-tailed tit until less than a second prior to shutter...

I did, however, manage a few images, including this nuthatch. It like most of the birds spent far too much time in the shade, so most of my other shots were motion blurred.

I hope that your passage into the New Year has been as much fun as mine and I wish you all a blessed and prosperous 2010!


  1. A very nice shot Ian. I wish you a happy year full of nice pictures and joy!

  2. ...glad you were able to get your camera out in time for this shot because he's beautiful! Our little red-breasted nuthatches are so quick and spastic they are hard to photograph (but you seem to have no problems!!).


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