Readers of my blog will know that I've recently 'discovered' Calke Park, and have become rather enamoured with this place - with good reason! It's given me some great photo opportunities already. I recently posted a set of images of Great Spotted Woodpecker, taken here. I've now got myself sorted out for Christmas and have found time to work my way through some of my other recent images from this place.
I've always had a thing about Nuthatches, and these perform quite well at Calke.
|Nuthatch - Calke Park|
The commonplace birds here are still delightful to watch. Blue tits are, in my opinion, greatly underrated, and not difficult to photograph.
|Blue Tit - Calke Park|
Also very common but delightful are the Goldfinches, although I find them to be a little more difficult to photograph because of the shiny red areas on the head.
|Goldfinch - Calke Park|
Much more mundane and (for me, anyway) hard to get excited about are Blackbirds.
|Blackbird (female) - Calke Park|
What I do get excited about here, are the Marsh Tits. Although they are not the most spectacular of birds, they are not the most common of birds either, but they do show up here on a regular basis. Unfortunately, I've yet to get a good image here. This is the best I've managed so far, but I've had to do a lot of sharpening on it, and I need to do a whole lot better!
|Marsh Tit - Calke Park|
And, of course, what I really get excited about here are the Little Owls. I've still not had one come close enough for a good image but, during my last visit, one of the owls was quite active.
|Little Owl - my Site No.31|
I'm also quite taken by the deer in the park. On my last visit I just photographed the Red Deer (although the Fallow Deer were around). The females and juveniles are quite charming.
|Red Deer (female) - Calke Park|
|Red Deer (juvenile) - Calke Park|
However, the Red Deer stags are magnificent animals!
|Red Deer (male) - Calke Park|
It's usually getting dark by the time I leave the park.
|sunset - Calke Park|
My next posts will probably be a mop-up on the owl scene and perhaps one on Waxwings. Thank you for dropping by.