Burton in bloom
Whilst visiting family in my hometown of Burton on Trent I was able to spare some brief time to visit the local riverside as usual. It was a rather dreary, overcast day and as the evening was approaching, most of the birds were already returning to their roosts. The mute swans and geese here too were keeping their distance, floating lazily about the middle of the river or tucking up to sleep on the far bank.
With much of the wildlife inaccessible I turned my attention instead to the flowerbeds in the park nearby. Freshly planted for the summer, the borders were blooming with a kaleidoscope of colour, scenes too irresistible not to capture on camera.
The pansies were particularly striking, with bright white flower heads standing out among the vibrant reds, blues and yellows.
A male blackbird then appeared and had a brief forage in the soil for earthworms. I did also catch a momentary glimpse of a Wren among the petals, but in a flash of wings it was out of sight before I could get a photo.
Blackbird among the rainbow of flowers
Overhead the trees had burst into blossom, their once bare branches now scattered with these delicate flowers. This male Chaffinch was singing to proclaim his ownership of the canopy, his rust orange feathers standing out among the whitish pink hue of the blossom.
— All photographs copyright of Claire Stott/Grey Feather Photography 2018 © http://www.greyfeatherphotography.com
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