Feathers of Gold - Aaron Northcott

Feathers of Gold


Goldcrest (Regulus regulus) Showing it's Impressive Golden Crest

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.

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.

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 and unafraid to land mere inches from where I'm crouched on the ground, far too close for my lens to focus, and others in the same group will be more cautious; fluttering 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 flitting effortlessly from branch to branch in search of insects to feed on.

Goldcrest (Regulus regulus) in a Rose Bush with an Inquisitive Glance
Plump Goldcrest (Regulus regulus) Perched in a Rosebush

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