King of Birds - Aaron Northcott

King of Birds

King of Birds

Goldcrests are one of the most charismatic little birds that Britain has to offer, and though easily missed (being no larger than a golfball) they are well worth looking for.

I've recently discovered a group of Goldcrests that are fairly easy to find within the same area of coniferous trees each time I visit - rarely am I unable to spot or hear them.

You'll nearly always hear Goldcrests (Regulus regulus) before you see them, singing short high-pitched repetitions of the same note - sometimes finishing with a more varied flourish.

There song is easily drowned out by larger and louder birds though, meaning even when vocal they can still be missed! They tend to be seen in groups or accompanying flocks of other small birds with similar feeding habits; like blue tits.

Two Branch Goldcrest
Goldcrest (Regulus regulus)

"The group that I've been following and photographing have become quite accustomed to my presence, and this allowed me to capture some beautiful images."

There are definitely different characters amongst them - some are bold and curious, landing just inches from where I'm crouched on the ground, far too close for my lens to focus, whereas others will flutter back and forth in front of me to investigate without exposing themselves for too long.

Eventually, they settle and carry on with their normal business - which normally means fluttering from branch to branch of the conifers in search of insects to feed on.

You can see more of the British Birds that I've photographed in the Wildlife & Nature gallery.

Regal in the Rosebush

  • Churchyard Goldcrest
  • Crown in the Conifers
  • Regulus regulus
  • Regal in the Rosebush

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