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Goldcrest (Regulus regulus)

By teocali
So difficult to capture out in the open - a record shot of a female Goldcrest (Regulus regulus) who visited our garden today. Seen briefly this time last year and have been waiting for a return visit - today was the day!

The Goldcrest is smaller than the Wren and is Europe's smallest bird.
The black-bordered crest stripe is orange in the male and yellow in the female. The dark eye is easily seen against its whitish face. The thin bill is black and the legs are brown. They like to feed on small insects found on conifers.

My thanks to everybody who C&Cd my last upload. Very much appreciated Smile

Tags: Female Garden Conifer Goldcrest Wild bird Regulus regulus Wildlife and nature Record shot

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gary_d 12 576 13 Wales
29 Jan 2012 7:51PM
A pretty little thing and perfectly captured. - gary

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29 Jan 2012 8:19PM
That's a good shot. My record shots of this bird are from obscure angles as they flit about so much.
MossyOak 8 22 15 England
29 Jan 2012 8:34PM
Not the easiest birds to get let alone see Sylvia. Well waited and a great capture
Fefe Plus
8 50 32 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2012 8:47PM
Oh lovely, Well captured. Good comp.
tomcat 14 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2012 8:55PM
Well done you galTongue

They are most delightful bird to watch - seen a few, but only ever nailed one, a few years ago. That was only fit for the bin reallySad

Nowt to report from this endSmile

DerekL 15 221 24 England
29 Jan 2012 9:00PM
These are one of the most difficult birds to capture as they are constantly on the move.
You have captured a good shot here and deserve all the awards that you get.
Gezina 13 3 6 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2012 9:08PM
I've been after one of these for days at Arundel - they are about but not been able to get a shot at all - would have been over the moon with this in my p/f - well done on getting it - Ina
Maiwand 13 3 73 England
29 Jan 2012 9:32PM
Terrific shot of this rarely seen little bird. Stunning Sylvia.
Karen_Summers 11 8 1 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2012 9:37PM
gorgeous little bird and gorgeous shot
pluckyfilly 13 351 33 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2012 9:42PM
I have only ever managed one half decent shot of the goldcrest and that was about this time last year - superb image from you here Sylvia
TonyDy Plus
11 52 3 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2012 10:28PM
Lovely shot, Sylvia.
Ade_Osman 17 4.5k 36 England
29 Jan 2012 11:26PM
I won't show Sue this, because she'll get seriously p***** off and I have to live with her!......She's been trying to get good shot of this species for more years than I care to remember. Grin

posty57 12 6 2 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2012 4:57AM
What a beautiful little bird Sylvia, and beautifully presented.

CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
30 Jan 2012 6:42AM
What a tiny little chappie, Sylvia, very well spotted and captured. Carol
brownsilent 13 7 2 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2012 7:43AM
With only a few words Gary_d said it all.
30 Jan 2012 7:52AM
Seen them but never been able to frame one, a beautiful capture Sylvia.

FeatherFriend 12 38 217 England
30 Jan 2012 10:38AM
Haven't seen one for 2 years or more Sylvia, knowing how fast and rare these are you must be pretty proud of this one,
johnjo58 9 2 5 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2012 5:49PM
Super photo Sylvia, these are tricky
DannoM 11 58 England
30 Jan 2012 7:33PM
really good shot sylvia, not easy to get i imagine..we have a couple in the garden if only i had a longer lens..Smile

31 Jan 2012 12:51PM
Hi Sylvia this is just WOW, well done regards gray
Dinney 12 2 England
31 Jan 2012 6:46PM
Well spotted and an excellent capture Sylvia, I was trying to get a shot of one at Pulborough Brooks the other w/end but no success, very difficult to capture, well done.
Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
10 Feb 2012 7:23PM
A terrific image of this tiny bird, I saw one at Slimbridge the other week but it was impossible to photograph it as it kept dodging in and out of the hedgerow

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