My last visit birding of 2012 saw me having a quick drive around Reculver at first trying to locate some calling Long eared Owls but despite leaving the car as I do not normally do and wandering around in the darkness I failed to see or hear any. I did see 1 Woodcock though for compensation. I then moved on to an area at Reculver where I saw 3 Bewick's Swans in with c20 Mute Swans. Also here were 10 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard and 2 Green Woodpecker. Next I took a drive over to Tesco's at Whitstable which had 42 Waxwings all trilling in the car park and showing well. With the sun not quite in position I left them in peace and moved on to my target area for today, Bossenden woods. I have been here a few times but have not normally connected with the woodland species that have been photographed in the past few weeks but with the sun now coming through I had high hopes for the visit. As I left the car I heard a Marsh Tit call followed by a few Long tailed, Great and Blue Tits. I positioned myself in the area concerned which has a convenient fallen log and placed a few treats in various holes and sat back and waited. At first not much appeared apart from a couple of dog walkers wondering why I was sitting looking at a log but eventually a few Great and Blue Tits appeared followed by a couple of Coal Tits. They were a challenge to capture on the camera as they landed and in the same movement took off again. The light was constantly changing but I soon worked out that If I put a treat in a various place and stayed on it with the camera I might get a few shots. This worked out quite well and I got a number of pleasing images of the birds as they came down to feed.
With a quick flash a Nuthatch appeared and stayed long enough to grab a few shots. Thankfully it returned allowing me to continue to fire off a number of shots.
I could hear the odd Marsh Tit but they never came down to feed, that's the excuse I need to return I think. Quite contented with my efforts I left the birds in peace and returned home in the sunshine.
Well that's it for this year and I would like to thank all the visitors who have taken the time to follow the blog and leave comments throughout the year. Hopefully I can continue to produce the odd nice photo and report in 2013. Happy New Year to you all.