All the wildlife photographers whom I know love to photograph the nuthatch. There's something about its colouring and ability to take on various poses that make it a great subject. They're always on the move, but will often stay around a little longer than, say, a marsh tit. The black stripe around the eyes reminds me of a bandit in some of the old westerns.
When I photograph a bird, I want to isolate it from distracting background, yet somehow show it in context. I aim to have the whole bird, but most importantly the eyes, in focus. It's not often that I don't feel the need to crop an image, in this case I was happy with the whole. When I took this shot, I knew it would be something special. The old log gives it context, the lighting (in my opinion) is just about perfect, and there is a lovely bokeh in the background.
This remains one of my favourite all-time shots.