Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris)

by Bob Chappell January. 16, 2021 200 views
Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris), Barnwell Country Park (Northants), January 2018

Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris), Barnwell Country Park (Northants), January 2018

This is another of those birds that seem to evade my camera lens for years, then turn up again and again. I had seen no treecreepers for several years, then one frosty but bright January morning I travelled to the 'Lowland' hide at Barnwell Country Park near Oundle. As well as visits from nuthatch, marsh tit, long-tailed tit and coal tit, this little treecreeper paid several visits to the logs in front of the hide, giving lots of opportunities for photography.

I was particularly pleased with this image: even lighting, soft bokeh and a sharp subject. The white of the feathers are not burnt-out but show sufficient detail, always a challenge on birds with a mixture of pale and dark plumage. To add to interest the bird is clinging to the underside of the log.

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