• Claire Stott

Mating Chaffinches

Whilst the sun may not have been shining today this didn’t seem to have dampened the spirits of the local bird life during a brief visit to an area known as ‘the ditch’.  Read more about this habitat here.

All around birds were busy singing, courting & collecting nesting materials in preparation for the breeding season ahead.

The highlight of the day was spotting this female Chaffinch, high in a tree, calling and fluffing out her feathers with her wings quivering as a male watched on nearby. This was clearly an invitation for mating and sure enough within moments her partner swooped down from his branch and swiftly mated with her.

Although not a great photo technically, I am delighted to have captured this special and rarely witnessed moment.

Canon EOS 70 with Canon 70-300mm – f/5.6  1/640sec   ISO125 +0.3   (cropped)

— All photographs copyright of Claire Stott/Grey Feather Photography 2016 © http://www.greyfeatherphotography.com

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