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Wildlife Photography and Digital Video Images

 

__________________________________________________________________________ Birds 206 Goldcrests

 

 

 

 

                                                            GOLDCREST Regulus regulus

 

 

                                                            GOLDCREST Regulus regulus

 

       The tiny Goldcrest Regulus regulus is the smallest British bird, a title that it holds jointly with the much rarer Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla. Although Long-tailed Tits Aegithalos caudatus have smaller bodies their overall length is considerably extended by their impressive tail feathers. All of these little creatures are highly mobile and quite difficult to follow as they flitter about the branches of trees and shrubs. As photographic subjects they present a real challenge as they rarely stay still for more than a few moments and often move from light to shade. By the time that they are located through a telephoto lens there is rarely time to focus properly.

 

 

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