This series of
photographs were taken on the deck of a survey vessel in the southern
part of the Norwegian sector in early November.
Goldcrest are a common migrant over the North Sea as they attempt to
escape the old continental winter.
lone bird called constantly and vainly for some other Goldcrests....
were taken with a DSLR and a fixed 400mm telephoto lens.
breeders in Øygarden but the local breeders seem stay in the
conifer woods most of the time. During the autmn migration this species
becomes very widespread and can be seen anywhere. Looking through
flocks of foraging Goldcrests is the tactic for finding any rarities
which often become mixed up in these flocks....
14 June 2010
Goldcrests are a
common migrant and are one of the more numerous species seen offshore
in the North Sea. Being so small they cannort carry much in the way of
fat reserves and often perish during their sea crossings. At Falsterbo,
Sweden I have even
picked exhausted Goldcrests out of the bushes.
and below: A dead Goldcrest on the deck of a survey vessel in the German Sector
of the North
Another good reason to have a superzoom
for bird photography - even if you do have a DSLR and a telephoto lens
as a "main" camera.