Headline news was made on Wednesday. A monumental moment in EFRS history…
Bearded Reedlings, in the flesh (feather!)
Sadly Andrew was not around, so it was a solo viewing. Indeed had Andrew been around, the Beardies would have melted away into the reeds.
Andrew is a staunch Beardie atheist. If you mention them you will immediately get a tut or roll of the eyes followed by “They aren’t real”.
I totally understand the skepticism. I have only ever seen two of these sneaky birds and that was ages ago.
But it all changed yesterday! I was so pleased to see (and hear) them that I pretty much forgot about camera settings and just machine gunned it. Many shots were fired but most of them were a blurred mess. I wont complain about the light (which was awful) as I feel privileged to see them. Heck I would be pleased to see them if it was night time!
Bearded Reedlings! Nearly...
Yes I know it would be nice to get one perching nicely on a reed, but a fence will have to do.
There were at least 10 of these little critters flitting about, pinging away. I stayed for a good hour. Enjoying the sights and sounds.
Hopefully Andrew believes it...