Spring seems to have come around quickly – I’m no longer dragging myself through mud and soggy grasslands searching for kestrels and green woodpeckers, wearing multiple layers and finger-less gloves. The warm sun provides promise for lots of animal activity and despite the discomfort I already miss the cold days, there’s something fulfilling about being out in the cold that helps me to appreciate the struggles that the wildlife endures. My struggle is made that little bit easier with the luxury of a flask of coffee.
Kestrels are a regular sighting for me these days. This one landed on a low branch giving me the opportunity to frame it in context with it’s environment. Many people who visit the heath often miss these beautiful birds by simply not looking up. Keep your eyes peeled, they’re there!