Searching for long-tailed tits

I always like to consider myself a hard working person when it comes to my research, most mornings I get up at the crack of dawn to go for a run and then into the library by 9am to work on my project until 7pm with the occasional break… but then there are days like today…

It was a glorious frosty morning outside, so naturally I couldn’t help myself. Ignoring the little voice in my head telling me I should probably get to work I grabbed my camera bag and tripod. After all it was only 8:45, I decided I would spend an hour outside and hopefully get some good footage of the long tails and then I will be straight back to work!DSC_0279

The morning couldn’t be more perfect! The ground had a thin white frosty layer which sparkled as it was caught by the weak morning light. I spent a little while casually walking around admiring the scenery until I eventually came across a small group of long-tailed tits chirping away in a tree, playfully hoping from one branch to another.

I was walking around in circles for about 20 minutes following the group with my camera, not really caring much about how strange this must look if someone decided to walk past. I was constantly listening for the sound of the distinctive ‘tsurp’ noise that would signal the presence of the group nearby. After I felt I had plenty of footage, I switched the camera off and watched them happily for a short while. I find their playful nature a joy to just sit and watch.

long tail

I finally headed back to my accommodation to drop my camera bag off and pick up my shoulder bag with my books and laptop. Looking down at my watch I felt a sinking feeling when I realised that it was 12:23pm, I had been out for over 3 and a half hours! Well in some ways my project may suffer, but I certainly wouldn’t call this a waste of time!

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