Although I love venturing out onto the open moorland,an early morning sortie into one of my local woods appealed to me.This particular wood is a favourite with a lovely little songster, the Pied Flycatcher.With not much foilage on the trees at the moment,it would be easier to try and locate a couple of territorial males,their black and white plummage contrasting vividly against the mossy green bark of the trees!
I could hear 2 different males proclaiming their territory, so I managed to wait patiently for them to come into range.It wasn`t the best of light with a few showers here and there, but I made the most of the occasion.
On the edge of the wood a male Redstart was fresh in from Africa,but was very flitty and difficult to approach!
The highlight of the morning was a handsome roe buck who was feeding in a small clearing some distance away,but keeping upwind and deadly quiet, he approached without the slightest concern.
I didn`t know but at the time he was accompanied by 2 does who were hidden in the woods.
He must have eventually got wind of me and barked a few times, before turning and bounding gracefully away,one of those very special moments indeed.
A couple of hares were chasing one another around a meadow and came very close to me as I hid behind a stone wall.There seems to be good numbers about at the moment and always create a nice portrait shot.
Stopping to sniff the air he knew something was untoward and then showed me a clean pair of heels!
I hope that you have enjoyed viewing the images I managed to take and will be back with more tales shortly!!!