Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Tom Langlands - Small But Beautiful


Goldcrest

The wren is not the smallest British bird. That definition goes to the even more diminutive goldcrest. However the wren along with the goldcrest present interesting challenges for the photographer. Apart from being very small they are also quite flighty and tend not to sit for long in the same place.


Goldcrest


Goldcrest

This is a great time of year to photograph either of these species as they tend to be quite active hopping about hedgerows and in the case of the wren foraging in the reed-beds at the edges of ponds.


Wren

As spring moves into summer their habitats tend to get more overgrown making it harder to find them and even harder to get those nice clean shots with uncluttered backgrounds.


Wren

For its size the wren has a remarkably loud call that makes it easier to locate.


Wren

With both of these species patience is the name of the game and it takes good fieldcraft and lots time and patience to locate the right environment, find spots where the birds appear reasonably regularly and wait for that combination of the right light and the right pose.


Wren

When it all comes together I find it hugely rewarding to get shots of these very small and very active little birds that are such a lovely and important part of our natural world.


Wren

Tom Langlands
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