The past few days have seen some heavy snow, resulting in 5 -10cms across Derbyshire, the worst snow conditions for a number of years. On the 8th December I made a trip up to Derwent Dale, as there had been a flock of Parrot Crossbill regularly visiting an area of open woodland near “Windy Corner”. Conditions were freezing cold and heavy snow had fallen making driving conditions along the road into Derwent Dale very hazardous. After several hours of waiting, the flock of 12 Parrot Crossbills put in a very brief appearance. The Parrots provided me with a long awaited county tick and put my 2017 year list on 241.
In recent days, heavy snow caused further hazardous driving conditions, so I stayed local this past weekend and tried my hand at photographing some of the common birds in the snow.
Moving forward into 2018, I will be reducing the number of BLOG Posts, posting only on highlights of the year. My Image Galleries will hold regular updates, along with my FLICKR Site.
Mistle Thrush – This bird was protecting it’s favoured Yew Tree from other birds invading it. I just had to wait and eventually it posed for the camera – A little belter – Tony Davison©
Robin – This little Christmas “Bobby Dazzler” just sat and posed for me in the snow. Trying to keep at least one foot warm! – Tony Davison©
Black-headed Gull – above 3 images of adults in winter plumage – Tony Davison©
Blackbird – above 2 of a female on Yew – Tony Davison©
Blackbird – male on Yew – Stunning blue winter sky in strong late morning sunshine produced some dramatic colours – Tony Davison©
Greylag Geese – above 2 images – Tony Davison©
Moorhen – above 2 images – The late morning sunshine and blue sky produced some dramatic colours on the snow, turning it pink, purple and blue
Woodpigeon – Trying to keep warm in the late morning sunshine – Tony Davison©