Beardies in the frost.

I was a very chilly morning here last Wednesday and I was well wrapped up against the cold but it was sunny with a wonderful quality to the chill Arctic air. Perry Lane was full of visiting Redwing and a few Fieldfares plus, Robin, Dunnock, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Cetti's, and Blue, Great and Long Tailed Tits. Would I see any Beardies as my long-term project is trying to capture them in different weather conditions and frost is one I've not had any evidence of? I saw a couple of flocks of Reed Buntings busily feeding as I made my way down to the pontoon bridge but there were none around there and the surface of the lagoon was frozen. I saw a male Stonechat in the adjoining reed bed. Anyway to cut a long story short by the short pontoonI struck gold with distant views of Beardies feeding on the reeds. As I waited they gradually moved closer and I had them in front of me, to the side and behind me - completely surrounded! Anyway without more ado some photos!

A fabulous female!

A male with frosted breakfast!

Another beautiful female!

I've waited a long time for a nice well-lit, male Beardie, happy with this!

A lovely pair - unfortunately even with good light the depth of field wasn't sufficient to keep both sharp.

Some on the bridge surface too!

Through the reeds. Close up.

Another close up!

I have loads of photos but you can probably have too much of a good thing!

  • Fantastic photos and video, John--thanks so much for posting!  And you would need to post far more photos for me to say it was (they were?!) too much of a good thing!

    Kind regards, 


  • In reply to Gardenbirder:

    Great to see the Beardies John,   they have such a distinctive sound so easy to pick out as they head to the reeds and grit trays.     There seems a good number of them on your video clip, such a remarkable looking species but wish they would change the name to Moustached Reedlings    lol      How fantastic to also see them on the springy rubber tread bridge !  


    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • In reply to HAZY:

    Wonderful John and you certainly can't have too much of a good thing.

    Kind regards


  • In reply to nairnred:

    Stunning John, well worth the wait to get such distinct photos.   Love the video too, thanks for posting.

    Lot to learn

  • In reply to gaynorsl:

    A beautiful set John, thanks for sharing.

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  • In reply to Catlady:

    Thank you Ann, Hazel, Jenny,  Gaynor and CatL. I really never tire of them. My next challenge is to film them in the snow. I saw one a couple of years ago, strangely a juvenile, which flew up and down behind the screens on both sides of the main path. Unfortunately I only got photos of that one and because of the overcast winter sky results weren't so sharp.

  • In reply to john_l_uk:

    Superb John !! but the first thing that came to mind was - you jammy *** :) but thats just sheer jealousy, these really are awesome shots & captures

  • In reply to Nickynackynoo:

    Great stuff John, glad to see that you can still find them.




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  • In reply to Bobs_Still_Retired:

    Cheers Nicky and Bob. Last year wasn't a terrific year from the point of view of seeing Beardies but more than made up for by the last couple of weeks. i just hope that 2017 gets off to a flying start. I'd like to get at least one photo every month - didn't see any this morning but have seen them distantly earlier this year so hopefully I'll achieve this ambition.

  • In reply to john_l_uk:

    Best of luck to you John, did you see Simon Bedford's photo on Gwent Birders after stalking them here the other day? he managed a lovely post sunrise shot so you seem spot on about the early start for them