My journey to photograph as many species of British birds in one year as possible took me to ancient London woodland yesterday.
Queen’s Wood in Haringey is small – around 52 acres – but important. It is a recognised wildlife hotspot in the capital and contains rare species of tree (I shall perhaps return in warmer months and write more about these) and insect as well as supporting large numbers of birds.
Queen’s Wood is a fragment from a much larger wood that used to cover much of Northern London and Essex and it may be directly descended from the truly ancient Wildwood that covered most of Britain following the last Ice Age.
It is allowed to grow in a relatively unrestricted manner, although there is some tending using some surprisingly traditional methods to carry the logs:
But, I went to photograph birds. I was pleased to add four new species to my 2014 list:
… and finally, I photographed one of the three species of Woodpecker known to reside in the Wood (the same bird is pictured twice below, amalgamated to show different aspects, as it was always partially obscured – an occupational hazard when photographing birds in woods):
There were other birds there that are already on my list from last weekend including an exceptionally tame Robin:
… and, lastly, I couldn’t resist this shot of a Grey Squirrel:
After two weekends into the year, my total stands at 31.