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Migrating Goldcrest, North Sea, early November
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.




Migrating Goldcrest, North Sea, early November



Migrating Goldcrest, North Sea, early November
This lone bird called constantly and vainly for some other Goldcrests....

Migrating Goldcrest, North Sea, early November
Above photographs were taken with a DSLR and a fixed 400mm telephoto lens.




Goldcrest
Goldcrest, Herdlevær, October 2007

Goldcrests are common 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....






Goldcrest

Tjeldstø, 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.


Dead Goldcrest on offshore vessel

Above and below: A dead Goldcrest on the deck of a survey vessel in the German Sector of the North Sea.
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.

Dead Goldcrest on offshore vessel






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